Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Health

Pinellas health notes

Health notes

Cardiologists to talk about valve problems

Morton Plant Mease cardiologists Todd Kovach and Michael Barry will discuss heart valve problems and a new heart valve procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery at noon today at Bardmoor Outpatient Center Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo.

The new procedure is a breakthrough option for patients with severe aortic stenosis that was considered inoperable.

To register call (727) 953-6877.

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Chiropractor and wellness expert Dr. Melo Ramirez will discuss how to achieve a healthier lifestyle while increasing natural energy at 7 p.m. today at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

The event is free.

Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

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The Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas, through a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, will offer a four-week series of classes on how to get healthy and stay healthy.

The classes will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays beginning today at North Greenwood Library, 905 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Clearwater.

Class topics will include:

• How to talk to your doctor

• What is diabetes? How to prevent and treat the disease.

• The link between obesity, diet and exercise.

• What stress can do to you and how to manage it.

Registration is recommended for the free class. Healthy snacks will be served, and participants will receive Staying Healthy, a booklet developed by the Florida Literacy Coalition.

To register or find out more, call (727) 562-4970 or visit myclearwater.com/cpl.

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Florida Hospital North Pinellas is the new name of the 168-bed, full-service medical facility at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. The hospital brings more than 100 years of dedication to whole-person medicine.

"In September of 2010, Adventist Health System acquired the University Community Health System, and with it Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs," said Mike Schultz, president and CEO of the Florida Region for Adventist Health System. "For the past 18 months, our teams have worked diligently to ensure that the hospitals will secure their place in the community by providing top quality services, state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care. With all of these changes, we believe we can extend the healing ministry of Christ to more patients and with that comes a name reflecting a more expanded focus."

During the past year and a half, more than $46 million has been invested in technology and care at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. In February, the hospital implemented a completely digital physician order entry system. It added diagnostic imaging technology and, through a partnership with the University of South Florida, has brought cutting-edge oncology care to the region. The hospital has renovated the main lobby, patient waiting areas and exterior of the facility. More improvements to patient areas will take place during the next year.

"I am ecstatic about what our future holds," said Bruce Berg­herm, Florida Hospital North Pinellas president and CEO. "As a member of the Florida Hospital system we have access to the most advanced medical care available, and will continue to attract the very best physicians to practice at our facility."

Kids, Learn to swim: The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department will offer its "Every Child a Swimmer" program for nonswimmers ages 5 to 11 with a choice of two time slots, 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays April 9-18 at Highlander Pool, 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin.

Bring children in swimsuits ready for the swim test.

Registration for this free program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Highlander Pool.

A program for children 3 and 4, "Every Child a Swimmer — Little Guppies," is planned for April 14, 15, 21 and 22 at Highlander Pool. Three time slots are offered: 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m.

Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 12-13 at Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

Both parent and child must wear swimsuits to class.

For information on either program call Alicia Castricone at (727) 298-3265 or email [email protected]

Mail news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email [email protected]tampabay.com.

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