American Heart Association Tampa Bay office wins national award for campaign: The American Heart Association Tampa Bay office was the recipient of the American Stroke Association's national award for Best Integrated Campaign for American Stroke Month among markets with a corporate sponsor. The AHA Tampa Bay and its year-round Together to End Stroke supporter, Frontier Communications, implemented a campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting public stroke education. Judges commended the campaign for reaching multicultural audiences across the bay area through a stroke awareness event at USF St. Petersburg with American Heart Association spokesperson and renowned hip-hop artist Dee-1; strategic alliances with six hospitals and two medical professional groups; media placements and compelling interviews with radio stations, TV stations and print publications; and the creative use of social media.
St. Petersburg Free Clinic volunteer receives key to city: Retired bicycle mechanic Patrick Ruta, 70, above, volunteers twice a week at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, putting in 80-100 hours a month fixing donated bikes so low-income residents can ride them to work or school. In recognition of Ruta's years of volunteer work, the City Council presented him with a key to the city last month. A bike mechanic by trade for 30 years, Ruta helped revive the Free Clinic's bicycle program in 2010. He cleans and repairs donated bicycles to make sure they're safe and matches each bike to each recipient's height and weight. He outfits every bike with lights. Each rider also gets a bike lock to prevent theft. Individuals are eligible to receive a bicycle if they can show proof of permanent employment or schooling. Those interested should call (727) 821-1200, ext. 115, for eligibility requirements.
Rotary Club Donates $10,000 to Children's Art Programs at Morean Arts Center: The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg presented a check for $10,000 to the Morean Arts Center to benefit scholarships for disadvantaged children to participate in art education programs. The funds came from the club's "Wine for the Arts," wine tasting event held this year. Founded in 1920, The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg is the oldest civic club in St. Petersburg. The club provides financial and volunteer support to community organizations and meets every Friday at noon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Osteopathic physician awarded with fellowship: Dr. Stacy Chase, Associate Family Medicine Residency Director for St. Petersburg General Hospital, was presented with the Fellowship Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. This award is given to those who have shown exemplary, ongoing dedication to the osteopathic profession and community on local, state and national levels. To date, 747 osteopathic family physicians have received this award since the ACOFP was founded in 1950. Chase supports medical education of family practice residents as the Residency Clinic Director at Family Care at Bardmoor. She is the chair of Family Medicine at St. Petersburg General Hospital; Associate Family Medicine Residency Director for St. Petersburg General Hospital family practice residents and interns and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for Lake Erie College of Medicine in Bradenton. She is also a board member, treasurer and membership director of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society; board of director in training for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Family Physicians.