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HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Analytics announced that Florida Hospital North Pinellas, an Adventist Health System facility in Tarpon Springs, has received its Stage 7 Award for work to adopt electronic medical records.

The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model, which is used to track electronic medical records progress at hospitals and health systems.

"Locally, it takes a significant amount of time and manpower to ensure we are using the systems appropriately, something that would have been even more challenging without the support and leadership from Adventist Health System," said Bruce Bergherm, Florida Hospital North Pinellas CEO. "Becoming only the second hospital in Florida to accomplish this high level of technological integration and advancement demonstrates our dedication to offering the highest quality and safest care to our patients."

Florida Hospital North Pinellas joins Palm Coast's Florida Hospital Flagler in achieving this award for implementing an entirely paperless system of medical records.

Advantages include the ability to share patient information with other health care providers via a secure standardized summary record and using a database of clinical information to improve care, patient safety and outcomes.

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Morton Plant Mease Alzheimer's and Memory Loss Clinic will offer a five-week memory training course that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory ability. The course is designed to help participants with general strategies to improve memory, develop techniques to recall numbers, remember names and faces and learn about factors that affect memory. Memory Training, based on research conducted by Dr. Gary Small at UCLA Aging Center, provides an interactive educational program for people with age-related memory concerns.

The course is 10 a.m. to noon every Friday for five consecutive weeks starting Jan. 11 at PTAK Orthopedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Room 114, Clearwater.

The interactive training is for those wishing to take a proactive role in their memory health and is not intended for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Registration cost is $50 for the five-week course.

To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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Morton Plant Mease's Cancer Patient Support Services invites cancer patients and their families to "The Art of Well-Being," a new creative arts program that focuses on the connection between creativity and health and how tapping into a person's creative side can impact the healing process and recovery. Creative experiences that include painting, journaling, poetry, music and movement will be offered each month in a safe environment for cancer patients and their family members.

"When a patient has the opportunity to be in a comfortable environment and focus on a creative process, it can help reduce stress and gain focus that can lead to calming the body for mental and physical recovery," said Dr. Ben Yan, Morton Plant Mease oncologist. "There have been several recent studies done showing how the arts can benefit the healing process, and mental well-being along with a regular exercise regimen is extremely important for patients undergoing treatment for cancer."

CaPPS will offer its first "The Art of Well-Being" program at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, 400 Pinellas St., Clearwater facilitated by Diane McMillen, a nine-year breast cancer survivor, co-facilitator of the Tampa Bay Breast Cancer Support Group and recent graduate of the Ringling College of Art & Design Arts & Healing Certificate program. All supplies will be provided.

Space is limited; registration is required. Call (727) 953-6877.

Cancer Patient Support Services offers individual counseling, education, support groups, case management/patient navigation and other supportive services to Morton Plant Mease cancer patients, their families and friends at no cost. In addition, CaPSS support groups are open to any cancer patient, family member or friend in the community.

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Calm Parenting: Licensed clinical social worker and Palm Harbor family counselor Diane Mandell offers tips on how to establish a more peaceful approach to parenting, manage family stress, redirection without yelling, taking time out to unwind and hands-on solutions for parenting challenges. Free. 9:30 a.m., Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1525.

Workshop on Embracing the Present: Dr. Sandy Sela-Smith will present the workshop, "We Are Still Here ... Now What?" Subject matter deals with the recent worry by some that the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012, and unconscious fears that trap individuals into living a limited life. To register, visit the website. Love offering. 10 a.m., Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater. (727) 531-0992.


Tampa Bay Thrivers ASCA: A peer support group for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of the month. Free. 6:30 p.m., Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. (727) 537-6457.


Skills and Games: To promote better health through activity and develop coordination, kids in grades K-5 can play games including dodgeball, basketball, relay races and obstacle courses. Wear athletic clothes and appropriate shoes. Held 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Free with rec card, $1.50 without. 4:30 p.m., Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar. (813) 818-0149.

Why Am I So Tired? Join family medicine specialist Dr. Dani Mathew to learn more about the common causes of fatigue including stress, poor eating habits, hormone imbalances, illness and aging. Free. Noon. Aging Well Center at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. To register, call (727) 953-6877.

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Pinellas health notes 01/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:09pm]
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