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The American Nurses Credentialing Center recently named John Hopkins All Children's Hospital as a Magnet designated hospital, which is the highest nursing honor a hospital can receive. There are only 498 Magnet hospitals across the world and fewer than eight percent of U.S. hospitals have received the designation. In order to become Magnet designated, a hospital must undergo a rigorous process, including submitting hundreds of pages of documentation related to patient care, intense evaluation and a site visit from the nurses center.

St. Petersburg native graduates basic training

Patrick Norindr, a 2010 graduate of Northeast High School and U.S. Air Force Airman, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Norindr is the son of Amphavanh Sayanouso of Gainesville, Va., and Vathana Norindr of Clearwater.

Seminole sailor serves on the USS Russell

Kyle Hughes, a Seminole native and Gunner's Mate 2nd Class, fires a shot line from the forecastle of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) to the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). Russell is conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

More than 7,900 Kids Learning Life-Saving Lessons

The YMCAs of Tampa Bay joined the Florida Blue Foundation at the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA pool recently to reveal a total of 7,936 kids learned 31,744 water safety and swim lessons thanks to a generous $155,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation. The collaborative effort expanded the YMCA's "Safety Around Water" program this year to more than 30 YMCA locations in the Tampa Bay area.

Surf Style's first ad campaign featuring model with special needs in Clearwater

Thanks to local nonprofit Help Us Gather, 16-year-old Clearwater resident Ethan Holt makes the first person with special needs to be featured by popular Hollywood-based beachwear retailer Surf Style. The nonprofit advocates for inclusion and has been dedicated for months to helping Holt launch his modeling career. That dream came true recently and Holt posed on the beach outside Surf Style's flagship store on Clearwater Beach.

Menorah Manor Employees Honored at LeadingAge Florida Conference

LeadingAge Florida recently named Robert Goldstein, chief executive officer, and Errol Webley, dietary supervisor of Menorah Manor, a St. Petersburg nonprofit nursing home, as Executive of the Year and Employee of the Year, respectively at its annual conference in Orlando. The Executive of the Year award honors a CEO, executive director, administrator or manager who demonstrates the highest qualities of leadership, willingness to mentor others, and innovation and significant contribution to the work of LeadingAge Florida. The Employee of the Year award honors an employee who exhibits extraordinary dedication, stellar customer service, and commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents of a LeadingAge Florida member community. Both awards honor the great work that its member communities perform on behalf of Florida's seniors.

Compiled by Monique Welch, Times Staff Writer. Contact at or Follow mo_unique_.