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(LARGO, FL – August 2015) – Many patients visit their doctor with wounds or ulcers that will not heal. Some have decreased sensory loss of a limb or extremity. To better serve patients needing specialty treatment for hard to heal wounds and avoid amputation,  Largo Medical Center has opened the *Florida Limb Saving Institute (FLSI).

“A multi-disciplinary team approach is critical to saving extremities, whether it is a patient who is currently having problems with wounds on their legs or feet or a patient who is looking for ways to prevent future problems,” said Dr. Karen Kritsky, Medical Director of the FLSI at Largo Medical Center. “With an estimated 160,000 lower limb amputations performed annually, our team members are working diligently to decrease these numbers and improve the quality of life for our patients.”

People with certain medical conditions are at a higher risk for limb or extremity loss and include those who have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery disease, smokers, blood clotting disorders, non-healing wounds or ulcers, bone infection, claudication or hyperlipidemia.

“Whether patients are referred to us by one of our wound care physicians, an endocrinologist, a vascular surgeon, an interventional cardiologist, or our many other physician specialists, we work closely with patients and their respective team of doctors to get their medical condition under control during hospitalization with the goal of eliminating the need for amputation,” said Dr. Jesse Klein, Interventional Cardiology Medical Director of the FLSI at Largo Medical Center.

“What also sets our program apart is Amy Ming, our Nurse Navigator,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer at Largo Medical Center. “She is a highly educated, compassionate nurse who navigates the coordination of all the communications necessary with all of our specialists while developing an individualized plan of care for each patient.”

The Florida Limb Saving Institute provides education to patients and the public. This includes educational seminars and the “Controlling Diabetes – Wounded Not Broken” monthly support group.

To learn more about the Florida Limb Saving Institute and/or its educational opportunities, please call Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 727-348-1896 or Holly Borota, Marketing Manager at 727-587-7570.

*The Florida Limb Saving Institute is a new program at two local hospitals including Largo Medical Center and Medical Center of Trinity.

About Largo Medical Center:

Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care Occupational Healthcare, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatientand Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sleep Disorders Care, Sports Medicine Care with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Surgical Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has an American Osteopathic Association Accredited Graduate Medical Education programthat is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. The hospital is recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain Center with PC and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at LargoMedical.com. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

About Medical Center of Trinity:

Medical Center of Trinity is a 236 bed, all-private room hospital serving Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The hospital’s programs include Behavioral Health, Cancer Care, Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Care – Adults and Kids, Heart & Vascular, Men’s Health, Minimally Invasive Surgical Specialties, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics including NICU coming in November 2015, Open Heart Surgery, Rehabilitation Services, Robotic Assisted Surgery, Sleep Center, Spine & Orthopedics, Women’s Health, Women’s Imaging Center with Comprehensive Breast Care, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine. Medical Center of Trinity has received Chest Pain Center with PCI accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).  The hospital has also been designated as an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center and has been named a recipient of the 2014 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Care. Medical Center of Trinity is recognized among the nation’s Top Performers on four key quality measures – heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care by The Joint Commission— the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Cancer Care program is an Accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Learn more at www.MedicalCenterTrinity.com. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.


 

 

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(LARGO – August 2015) – In partnership with Empath Health, Largo Medical Center recently began providing patients specialized palliative care services focused on relieving the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. This care is introduced early, alongside curative treatment and helps during all stages of various illnesses.

 

“Our palliative care team can treat pain, nausea, anxiety, fatigue and depression,” said Dr. David Weiland, Chief Medical Officer at Largo Medical Center. “We can help in making life as comfortable as possible, coordinate care with doctors and provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their family members.”

 

The team is made up of board-certified physicians, licensed counselors and chaplains. Experts can also assist patients in better understanding their health conditions and medical choices.

 

“Palliative care is appropriate for anyone dealing with a serious illness and can be introduced in the early stages of curative treatments,” said Rafael Sciullo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Empath Health. “Through these palliative interventions patients and families can experience an improved quality of life.”

 

To learn more about this Palliative Care Services program, contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing at Largo Medical Center at 727-348-1896.

 

About Largo Medical Center:

Largo Medical Center is a Joint Commission accredited, 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving the community from three campuses. The hospital provides Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care Occupational Healthcare, Emergency Care, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Knee Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sleep Disorders Care, Sports Medicine with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurological Care, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Spine Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education program is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine.

 

About Empath Health:

Empath Health is a not-for-profit integrated network of care that provides expert, life-changing health care to those with chronic and advanced illnesses. Empath Health includes hospice; palliative home health and physician services; independent living assistance and day care for seniors; HIV services; and advance care planning. Contact Empath Health at 727-467-7423 or EmpathHealth.org.

 


 

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STATE OF THE ART ROBOTIC SURGERY – MOCK DEMONSTRATIONS WITH ROBOTIC SURGEON AT LARGO MEDICAL CENTER

 You may have heard about robots in operating rooms. Now you can get to see how one works first hand at Largo Medical Center. Join us at 7:30 a.m. and then again at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 14th as General and Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Tiffany Jessee performs mock demonstrations showing how the robot is used while explaining its many benefits. “From smaller incisions and fewer ones to quicker recovery times, the surgical robot gives patients more options when it comes to much of what we do in operating rooms today including general surgery, cardiac, Bariatric, urologic surgery and more,” said Largo Medical Center General & Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Tiffany Jessee. “It also gives surgeons an increased ability to focus as well as greater dexterity and better control of instrumentation.” “As an academic medical center, we continue to look for, investigate, research and provide state of the art minimally invasive technology, like the robot, helping our patients get back to a lifestyle they deserve,” said Largo Medical Center CEO, Anthony Degina. Largo Medical Center is at the forefront of robotic technology in Pinellas County having been the first to have a surgeon perform a:

* robotic adjustable gastric band

* robotic single incision adjustable gastric band

* robotic sleeve gastrectomy

To learn more about robotic surgery at Largo Medical Center, check out LargoMedical.com.

To attend either of these events and for an interview with Dr. Tiffany Jessee, Bariatric & General Surgeon at Largo Medical Center, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 727-348-1896.

About Largo Medical Center:

Largo Medical Center is a Joint Commission accredited, 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving the community from three campuses. The hospital provides Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care Occupational Healthcare, Emergency Care, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Knee Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Robotic Surgery, Sleep Disorders Care, Sports Medicine with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurological Care, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Spine Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care. Largo Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education program is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine.

 


LARGO LOGO - MORE MINDS (3)(LARGO, FL – June 2015) – Largo Medical Center is proud to announce the first single incision bariatric/surgical weight loss adjustable gastric band in the state of Florida.* This type of minimally invasive surgery is often the preferred method of treatment when available. The hospital’s robotic surgical system works in 3D high-definition with special instruments for the wrist that bend and rotate giving the surgeon a greater range of motion than the human wrist. This enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

This surgery was performed Thursday, June 11,  by Robyn Ache, DO, Bariatric & General Surgeon with the Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center.  She said, “With obesity numbers continuing to be on the rise, I am pleased that we can offer shorter hospital stays that assist in the process of getting people on the road to a faster recovery with less scarring,” said Dr. Ache. “And since there is no cutting or stapling involved in this procedure, it is the least traumatic of all the weight loss surgeries available for our patients today.”

The gastric band is an adjustable surgical treatment that fastens around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch, giving patients an earlier sensation of feeling full after a meal.
“It is advancements in technology as well as the clinical expertise that our staff and physicians provide that continue to keep Largo Medical Center top-of-mind when it comes to providing compassionate care and outstanding service with exceptional outcomes,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer at Largo Medical Center.
Largo Medical Center’s and Pinellas County’s first bariatric/surgical weight loss robotic procedure was the surgical sleeve gastrectomy in November of 2013.

To interview Dr. Ache, Bariatric & General Surgeon at Largo Medical Center, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 727-348-1896.


 

 

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 Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center Opens Its Doors – A Pinellas County First

(LARGO, FL – May 2015) – It is official! Largo Medical Center is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing* (UNOS) to perform kidney transplants at the hospital’s Transplant Institute of Florida (TIF). UNOS is the private, non-profit organization that manages our nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. This means UNOS will be involved in many aspects of the TIF’s kidney transplantation and living donor organ donation surgery program.
 
“While kidney transplants are a life-saving measure provided to approximately 20,000 people annually in the United States, the living donor program is an essential part of that process,” said Transplant and Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgeon, Hussein Osman-Mohamed, MD, PhD, FACS. “While we are now accepting patients for evaluation to be put on our transplant listing, we will also be working diligently to educate and screen living donor candidates.” He said if there are patients awaiting transplantation in other areas of the country, the Transplant Institute of Florida can accept any patient’s transfer while keeping their same placement on the waiting list.
 
Dr. Osman-Mohamed is Medical Director of the TIF and also oversees the hospital’s Hepatobiliary Center that includes treating diseases of the liver, pancreas and gall bladder. He will be working side-by-side the hospital’s new Transplant Nephrologist, Layal Abdel-Rahman, MD. She was Fellowship-Trained at Virginia Commonwealth University.
 
“This is an exciting time for patients and their families in our community and abroad,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer, Largo Medical Center. “Thanks to this program, candidates who are on kidney transplant waiting lists will now have greater access to superior care. Some will have shorter travel distances for their care as well.”
 
Largo Medical Center is one of eight hospitals statewide approved to provide kidney transplant services.  It was in March 2014, Largo Medical Center announced this highly specialized adult kidney transplant program would be opening.
 
To schedule an interview about the TIF opening its doors, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Largo Medical Center at 727-348-1896.


HCA St Pete Gemeral Hosp(2)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEEmployees Recognized at St. Petersburg General Hospital
Annual Service Awards Banquet (St Petersburg, FL, May 7, 2015)   Employees were invited to the annual Night of Shining Stars Sunset Cruise on April 28, 2015 to celebrate their years of service at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Award winners have between 5 years to 35 years of service at the hospital.“We applaud your commitment to and compassion for the patients that we serve on a daily basis and are honored to have you as a part of the St. Petersburg General Hospital Family,” said Janice Balzano, President and CEO.5 Years

Nicole Arendt,  Respiratory Therapy

Helen Bare, Dietary

Lisa Barnes, Respiratory Therapy

Arlene Cohen, Administration

Terri Crowley, ICU

Eric Cruz, 1 East

Ricardo Cruz, HIM

Marie Dicenso, Surgery

Bradly Farrell, Emergency Dept

David Ferrara, Emergency Dept

Cheryl Fry, Pharmacy

Betty Holden, ICU

Catherine Kubisak, Quality Management

Ann Martinec, Ultrasound

Tina Morrow, Patient Account Services

Mary Nikolich, ICU

Joe Rickman, Emergency Dept

Jennifer Robinson, Human Resources

Yolanda Russell, Emergency Dept

Kristen Sciarra, Emergency Dept

Marvia Scott, PCU

Jocelyn Torres, PCU

 

10 Years

Corey Baker, Dietary

Janice Balzano, Administration

Dawn Bianchi, Emergency Dept

Tania Borgschulze, Emergency Dept

Laurel Holman, Labor & Delivery

Elizabeth Hood, Labor & Delivery

Jennifer Mclaughlin, Emergency Dept

Michelle Mitchell, Newborn Nursery

Jenny Nguyen, Pharmacy

Miriam Nolf, Same Day Surgery

Patricia O’Connell, Ultrasound

Ralla Perez, 1 East

Paleana Sukie, Finance

William Tarvin, ICU

 

15 Years

Juana Ayala, PCU

Kristen Collins, Labor & Delivery

Tam Huynh, Lab

Shawn Johnson, Lab

Liddie Jones, ICU

Jean Manuszak, Radiology

Susan Paro, Finance

Phyllis Pepper, Ultrasound

Lauralee Rice, Home IV Therapy

Nereida Ruiz, 1 East

 

20 Years

Sheila Boyd, Same Day Surgery

Kenlay Crosby, 1 East

Charis Johnson, Pharmacy

Christopher Pryslak, Dietary

 

25 Years

Gail Bruce, Pharmacy

Jo Ann Campbell, Labor & Delivery

June Pinto, Nursing Administration

Robert Statton, Radiology

Deborah Worsham, Surgery

 

30 Years

Cynthia Jones, Home IV Therapy

Connie Simpson, Recovery

 

35 Years

Jeannette Gil, Lab

Joan Rouse, SurgerySt. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com. 6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


Pinellas_cmyk_v2+Palms_noEWHThe HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospitals offer community health education programs throughout Pinellas County.  Dates and times for April events are listed below.  Registration is requested, please call 855-422-2228 to reserve your seat today.

Bariatric Seminars

SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS: GETTING BACK TO A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER YOU!

presented by Richard Gordon, MD – Bariatric & General Surgeon
Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Wednesday, May 6 • 6:30 p.m.

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa • 105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor

Thursday, May 21 • 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites • 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater

presented by Sebastian Tas, DO – Bariatric & General Surgeon
Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Wednesday, May 13 • 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites • 975 Broadway Street, Dunedin

presented by Ernest Rehnke, MD – Bariatric & General Surgeon
Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Saturday, May 16 • 9:30 a.m.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital Professional Building (Boca Ciega Room) 1609 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg

Thursday, May 28 • 6:30 p.m.

Hotel Indigo • 234 Third Avenue N., St. Petersburg

presented by Robyn Ache, DO – Bariatric & General Surgeon
Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Saturday, May 16 • 10:00 a.m.

Quality Inn & Suites • 38724 US Highway 19 N., Tarpon Springs

Tuesday, May 26 • 6:00 p.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

 

presented by Tiffany Jessee, DO – Bariatric & General Surgeon
Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Tuesday, May 19 • 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites • 3990 Tampa Road, Oldsmar

General Medicine Seminars
ADDICTION RECOVERY THROUGH POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

presented by Hope Johnson, MSW – Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse Service Coordinator at St. Petersburg General Hospital

Thursday, May 7 • 6:00 p.m.

Roberts Recreation Center • 1246 50th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC ASSISTED GYN SURGERY

presented by Romeo Acosta, MD – Obstetrics/ GYN Surgeon

Friday, May 8 • 12:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg General Hospital Auditorium • 6500 38th Ave N., St. Petersburg

“A TALK BETWEEN WOMEN” ABOUT YOUR BREAST HEALTHCARE NEEDS

presented by Robyn Ache, DO – General, Bariatric & Breast Surgeon & Marni Mentis, DO – Plastic Surgeon & Breast Reconstruction Specialist

Wednesday, May 13 • 6:00 p.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

PREVENT & TREAT SKIN CANCER WITH SCREENING

presented by Diane Riggleman, ARNP

Wednesday, May 20 • 12:00 Noon

Lake Seminole Square • 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

RELEASE YOURSELF FROM THE SYMPTOMS OF URINARY INCONTINENCE

presented by Shaw Zhou, MD – Urologist

Wednesday, May 20 • 12:30 p.m.

Northside Hospital Auditorium • 6006 49th St. N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg

FIGHTING BREAST CANCER

presented by Kay Marie Shawshuck, MD – Breast Surgeon

Thursday, May 21 • 6:30 p.m.

Freedom Square • 7800 Liberty Lane, Seminole

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

MEET THE MIDWIVES & OB/DELIVERY TOUR LUNCHEON ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

presented by Robin LaValley, CNM, ARNP & Elissa Barfoot, CNM, ARNP

Friday, May 22 • 12:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg General Hospital Auditorium • 6500 38th Ave N., St. Petersburg

Heart Seminars
ALL ABOUT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

presented by Francisco Cardona, MD – Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Tuesday, May 19 • 12:00 Noon

Northside Hospital Auditorium • 6006 49th St N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg

HOW TO PREVENT CIRCULATION PROBLEMS!

presented by Richard Fansler, MD

Friday, May 22

12:00 Noon Seminar

1:00 p.m. FREE PAD Screening – Registration Required

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

Orthopedic Seminars

SPINE CARE YOU CAN TRUST!

presented by Paula Jewell • Florida Spine & Neuro Center Representative

Wednesday, May 6 • 11:00 a.m.

Residence Inn • 940 Court St., Clearwater

Monday, May 11 • 11:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn • 1200 34th Street N., St. Petersburg

Monday, May 18 • 11:00 a.m.

Holiday Inn Express • 975 Broadway St., Dunedin

Tuesday, May 26 • 11:00 a.m.

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa • 105 N Bayshore Dr., Safety Harbor

Wednesday, May 27 • 11:00 a.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

presented by Largo Medical Center

SHOULDER PAIN IN THE WEEKEND WARRIOR

presented by Jeffery Tedder, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon

Wednesday, May 6 • 1:00 p.m.

Sunshine Center • 330 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

TRUST IN OUR TREATMENT OF YOUR KNEES

presented by Pat Kosiba, RN • Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion Representative

Thursday, May 7 • 11:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn & Suites • 39284 US Highway 19 N., Tarpon Springs

Thursday, May 14 • 11:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn • 1200 34th Street N., St. Petersburg

Wednesday, May 20 • 11:00 a.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

presented by Largo Medical Center

ARTHRITIS, KNEE AND HIP PAIN

presented by Thomas Mixa, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon

Thursday, May 14 • 12:00 Noon

Palms of Pasadena Hospital – Pasadena Room 1501 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg

OUCH! MY ACHING FEET

presented by Douglas B. Moss, DPM, FACFAS – Podiatric Surgeon

Monday, May 18 • 11:30 a.m.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church – Parish Hall • 330 85th Ave., St. Petersburg presented by Palms of Pasadena Hospital

SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HIP PAIN!

presented by Pat Kosiba, RN • Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion Representative

Thursday, May 21 • 11:00 a.m.

Holiday Inn Express • 975 Broadway St., Dunedin

presented by Largo Medical Center

FREE WEB SEMINARS!

Check out LargoMedical.com and click on the Free Knee Webinar!

presented by The Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion at Largo Medical Center

Carrie Johnson
Pinellas Market Marketing Manager
201 14th Street SW
Largo, FL  33770
p. 727.587.7556
f. 727.588.5973

 

 


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PRESS RELEASE: Largo Medical Center Medical Staff Presents 2nd Annual Scholarship to Local Student

(LARGO, FL – April 2015) – The medical staff at Largo Medical Center presents its 2nd Annual Staff Physician Health Care Educational Scholarship to Elisha Myers, an 18-year old senior at Largo High School. The scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to one senior over the course of four years.
“We continue to want to engage local high school students in the field of healthcare and this is our way of helping make that happen,” said Karen Kritsky, DO, Medical Staff Member, Largo Medical Center.

Criteria for the scholarship includes a student who demonstrates a commitment to enter a healthcare related field, leadership, commitment to our community and academic excellence by maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. A committee of physicians at the hospital vote on the winning recipient. Financial need is a consideration but is not required to be shown to receive the scholarship.

“I am delighted to receive this scholarship from Largo Medical Center,” said Elisha Myers, Largo High School student scholarship recipient. “My intention is to pursue a career in medicine at the University of Florida, so receiving the award from a medical organization makes it even more special.”

The scholarship presentation was at this year’s annual Largo Medical Center Medical Staff Meeting held Wednesday, April 29 at the Belleair Country Club.


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Women’s Choice Award® for Best Emergency Care
St. Petersburg General Hospital is recognized for ranking in the top 10% for Emergency Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(St Petersburg, FL, April 20, 2015) St. Petersburg General Hospital earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care for a 2nd consecutive year. This is an evidence-based designation reflecting exceptional clinical performance and women’s preferences.
This coveted credential places St. Petersburg General Hospitalin the top 10% for emergency care, which was achieved by 373 hospitals, less than 10% of the 3,800 emergency rooms that report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The eight measures CMS publicly reports relate primarily to the amount of time taken in the ER such as time for diagnosis, medication, and admission to the hospital, and are weighted according to the priorities of women surveyed.
“We have found that recommendations are an important consideration used by women in selecting a hospital for themselves and their family. By helping women know which hospitals in their area provide the best critical care, we are able to help them make better decisions, especially when it comes to emergency situations, “said Delia Passi, CEO & Founder of Women’s Choice Award®.
“We are honored to again be recognized with the Women’s Choice Award for Best Emergency Care”, says Janice Balzano, CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital. “For over 40 years St. Pete General Hospital has continued to provide high quality, compassionate care with new accreditations and recognitions added every year. We are proud of our Emergency Services staff and physicians and couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this prestigious award.”
St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.
6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414

 


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2015

Healthy Living April 2015 Free Community Seminars

The HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospitals offer community health education programs throughout Pinellas County.  Dates and times for April events are listed below.  Registration is requested, please call 855-422-2228 to reserve your seat today.

 

Bariatric Seminars
SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS: GETTING BACK TO A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER YOU!

presented by Tiffany Jessee, DO – Bariatric & General Surgeon Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital
Tuesday, April 7 • 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites • 975 Broadway Street, Dunedin
Saturday, April 25 • 10:00 a.m.
Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

presented by Ernest Rehnke, MD – Bariatric & General Surgeon Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Tuesday, April 7 • 6:30 p.m.

Country Inn & Suites • 8050 US 19 N., Pinellas Park

Saturday, April 18 • 9:30 a.m.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital Professional Building (Boca Ciega Room) 1609 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg

presented by Richard Gordon, MD – Bariatric & General Surgeon Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Wednesday, April 8 • 6:00 p.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

Wednesday, April 22 • 6:30 p.m.

Hampton Inn & Suites • 4050 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater

presented by Sebastian Tas, DO – Bariatric & General Surgeon Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Wednesday, April 15 • 6:30 p.m.

The Centre of Palm Harbor • 1500 16th Street, Palm Harbor

presented by Robyn Ache, DO – Bariatric & General Surgeon Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center & Palms of Pasadena Hospital

Monday, April 20 • 6:00 p.m.

Residence Inn Marriott • 940 Court Street, Clearwater

Tuesday, April 28 • 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express • 2171 54th Avenue N., St. Petersburg

General Medicine Seminars
RECOVERY TIME FROM HERNIA SURGERY CAN BE MUCH FASTER WITH ROBOTIC ASSISTANCE

presented by Matthew Couch, MD – General and Minimally Invasive Surgeon

Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00 p.m.

Sunshine Center • 330 5th St. N St Petersburg

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

 

LEARN WAYS TO COPE AND TREAT COPD

presented by Jack Obeid, MD – Pulmonary Specialist

Friday, April 10 • 2:00 p.m.

The Fountains of Boca Ciega Bay • 1255 Pasadena Ave S, St Petersburg

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

FAST RESPONSE TO STROKE SYMPTOMS

presented by Barbara Rowland, RN (ED)

Wednesday, April 15 • 11:30 a.m.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church – Parish Hall • 330 85th Ave., St. Petersburg

(Corner of 85th Avenue and Boca Ciega Drive)

presented by Palms of Pasadena Hospital

STROKE! KNOW THE SIGNS

presented by Nancy Arbasak, RN, BSN, MSN Stroke Education Coordinator & Chest Pain Educator

Friday, April 17 • 12:00 Noon

Jim & Heather Gills YMCA • 3200 1st Ave. S • St. Petersburg, FL 33711

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

“A TALK BETWEEN WOMEN” – ABOUT YOUR BREAST HEALTHCARE NEEDS

presented by Robyn Ache, DO – General, Bariatric & Breast Surgeon and Marni Mentis, DO – Plastic Surgeon & Breast Reconstruction Specialist

Tuesday, April 21 • 6:00 p.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT: DIABETES

presented by Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, MS, BSN, RN, CEN, CDE Cardiology Nurse Navigator

Wednesday, April 22 • 12:00 Noon

Northside Hospital Auditorium • 6006 49th St N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg
(located in the Medical Office Plaza on the north end of campus)

TIRED AND EMBARRASSED OF BLADDER OR BOWEL INCONTINENCE? THERE IS A NEW TREATMENT!

presented by Meenakshi Jain, MD – Gynecologic Surgeon

Wednesday, April 22 • 12:00 Noon

Brentwood Senior Living • 6280 Central Ave, St Petersburg

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

INTEGRATIVE CANCER CARE IS HERE NOW

presented by Syed Abid, MD – Hematology/Oncology Specialist

Thursday, April 23 • 12:00 Noon

Lake Seminole Square • 8333 Seminole Blvd, Seminole

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

UNDERSTANDING ASTHMA

presented by Jack Obeid, MD – Pulmonologist

Monday, April 27 • 12:00 Noon

Palms of Pasadena Hospital • Professional Building (Boca Ciega Room)

1609 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg

THE FACTS ABOUT MEASLES

presented by Jenisa Oberbeck, DO – Family Practice Specialist

Tuesday, April 28 • 12:00 Noon

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library • 7770 52nd Street Pinellas Park

presented by St. Petersburg General Hospital

Heart Seminars
UNDERSTANDING THE BEAT OF YOUR HEART
presented by Robert Sheppard, MD – Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Wednesday, April 1 • 12:00 Noon

Palms of Pasadena Hospital • Professional Building (Boca Ciega Room)

1609 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg

ALL ABOUT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

presented by Dennis Cassidy, MD – Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Thursday, April 16 • 12:00 Noon

Northside Hospital Auditorium • 6006 49th St N., Suite 230, St. Petersburg

(located in the Medical Office Plaza on the north end of campus)

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION – WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

presented by John Norris, MD – Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Friday, April 24 • 12:00 Noon

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

CIRCULATION PROBLEMS? PAIN IN YOUR LEGS?

presented by Merrill Krolick, DO – Interventional Cardiologist

Monday, April 27 • 12:00 Noon 1:00 p.m. • FREE PAD Screening

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo  

Orthopedic Seminars

SPINE CARE YOU CAN TRUST!

presented by Paula Jewell • Florida Spine & Neuro Center Representative

Wednesday, April 8 • 11:00 a.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

Monday, April 13 • 11:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn • 1200 34th Street N., St. Petersburg

Monday, April 20 • 11:00 a.m.

Holiday Inn Express • 975 Broadway St., Dunedin

Monday, April 27 • 11:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn & Suites • 39284 US 19 North, Tarpon Springs

Wednesday, April 29 • 11:00 a.m.

Courtyard Marriott • 601 American Legion Dr., Madeira Beach

presented by Largo Medical Center

ARTHRITIS, KNEE OR HIP PROBLEMS

presented by Steven Warren, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon

Wednesday, April 8 • 5:30 p.m.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital • Professional Building (Boca Ciega Room)

1609 Pasadena Ave. South, St. Petersburg

TRUST IN OUR TREATMENT OF YOUR KNEES!

presented by Pat Kosiba, RN Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion Representative

Thursday, April 9 • 11:00 a.m.

Hampton Inn • 1200 34th Street N., St. Petersburg

Wednesday, April 15 • 11:00 a.m.

Largo Medical Center • 201 14th Street SW, Largo

Thursday, April 23 • 11:00 a.m.

Holiday Inn Express • 975 Broadway St., Dunedin

Tuesday, April 28 • 11:00 a.m.
Courtyard Marriott • 601 American Legion Dr., Madeira Beach
Thursday, April 30 • 11:00 a.m.
Residence Inn • 940 Court St., Clearwater
presented by Largo Medical Center

ARTHRITIS, KNEE AND HIP PAIN

presented by Thomas Mixa, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon

Wednesday, April 22 • 11:30 a.m.

Brentwood Senior Living Community (The Community Room)

6280 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

presented by Palms of Pasadena Hospital

 

Carrie Johnson
Pinellas Market Marketing Manager
201 14th Street SW
Largo, FL  33770
p. 727.587.7556
f. 727.588.5973


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LARGO MEDICAL CENTER IS FIRST HOSPITAL IN PINELLAS COUNTY OFFERING NEW TREATMENT FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE

New Minimally-Invasive Balloon Procedure Available for Patients with Dangerous Condition in the Legs Linked to Heart Health

Largo Medical Center is the first hospital in Pinellas County to offer a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the upper leg, a serious and common condition associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug-coated balloons are a new type of medical device used to treat PAD in the upper legs once medical management has failed. The first procedure at Largo Medical Center was performed on 80 year old Largo resident, Chris Wagner by Merrill Krolick, DO, Interventional Cardiologist on March 2nd.

“These drug-coated balloons are designed to help restore blood flow by reopening blocked arteries,” said Merrill Krolick, DO, Cardiologist at Largo Medical Center. “Studies show delivering a medication to the artery wall, as is done with these balloons, helps keep the artery open longer than many of the other procedures and therapies available today.”

Mr. Wagner says he’s been battling PAD in his right leg for about 9 years. He says those who are in the same situation as him should consider this procedure. “Now I am in no pain,” said Wagner. “I can walk up and down 17 stairs with no problem and I don’t have stop.”

During the procedure, an inflated balloon pushes plaque away to create a channel for blood flow and the medication on the balloon surface is absorbed into the artery wall. The balloon is then removed with only the medication left behind. The procedure is usually done as an outpatient. Wagner says he was in at 6 a.m. and out by 5 p.m. the same day.

“With Largo Medical Center being an academic medical hospital, we are excited to be able to offer the physician expertise behind these kinds of innovations in the field of healthcare for patients like Mr. Wagner,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer at Largo Medical Center.

Affecting an estimated eight to 12 million people in the United States, PAD is a debilitating disease occurring when arteries become narrowed or blocked by plaque build-up, restricting blood flow. PAD commonly affects arteries in the upper legs and can cause recurrent and painful muscle cramping in the thigh and/or upper calf. The pain can be described as dull, causing a heaviness or tightness in the muscles, but often will stop when the person is at rest. Experiencing pain, even while at rest or while sleeping, is a sign of a more severe disease.

Tammy Robiconti
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Largo Medical Center – A Teaching Hospital
2025 Indian Rocks Rd.
Largo, FL  33774
www.LargoMedical.com
727-587-7576

 

MISSION
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Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees

 (St Petersburg, FL, February 12, 2015)  St. Petersburg General Hospital recently appointed four new members to the Board of Trustees. Ahmad Nematbakhsh, D.O., Randy Shuck, D.O., FACOFP, Sue Brett and Janice Balzano will fill the spaces left open by Jim Shatz, Mortgage Investors Corporation (Retired); Romeo Acosta, M.D., Gulf Coast Institute of OB/GYN; Jen Holloway, WTTA Channel 38 and Robert B. Conroy Jr., retired CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital.Ahmad Nematbakhsh, D.O. is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery.  He received his medical education from Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA and has practiced at Pinellas Medical Associates in St. Petersburg, FL since 2009.Randy Shuck, D.O., FACOFP received his medical education at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO and is board certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

Sue A. Brett of Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. is a community leader involved in many volunteer efforts that include a current board position at the ALPHA House of Pinellas County and the Mike Alstott Family Foundation Inc.

Janice Balzano, President and CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare leadership and over 30 years in the healthcare field. Balzano was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Brandon Regional Hospital (398 beds) for the past two and a half years. She will act as Secretary of the Board of Trustees.

“We are excited to be adding three exceptional individuals to our board,” stated Balzano, “Their experience and expertise will help St. Petersburg General Hospital move forward and achieve the high standards we expect.”Board of Trustees- 2015Peter A. Marmerstein, Permanent Member
President and CEO, HCA West FloridaElinor Miranda, M.D., Chair
How We Grow Pediatrics

Maureen Stafford, Vice Chair
Staffordshire Properties, Inc.

Herman Zaharowitz, M.D., Chief of Staff
Family Practice

Janice Balzano, Secretary
President and CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital

Anil Raiker, M.D.
Pinellas Cancer Center

Wayne Garcia, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Erica Riggins
Bright House/Bay News 9

Randy Shuck, D.O.
Family Practice

Ahmad Nematbakhsh, D.O.
Orthopedic Surgery

Sue Brett
Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com. 6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHOTO-OP FEBRUARY 6, 2015: ST. PETERSBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL HONORS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY
(St Petersburg, FL, February 4, 2015) – Employees and Staff are encouraged to wear red on February 6, 2015 and all babies born within the month will receive a red cap in honor of National Wear Red Day. St. Petersburg General Hospital is proud to bring awareness to the fight against heart disease and stroke among women.
The hand knit wool caps were made by volunteers of the hospital. They are all red with a small heart placed on the top. At St. Petersburg General Hospital, we Wear Red for Women and their babies.
St. Petersburg General Hospital is dedicated to women’s care and has won the Women’s Choice Award for Best Emergency Care. The hospital also offers a Breast Center, Robotic GYN Surgery and Obstetrics and Midwives. We continue to support women by offering them a caring, one of a kind experience.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.

6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414

Pam Yarbrough
Director, Marketing and Public Relations
St Petersburg General Hospital
727-341-4048
Pam.Yarbrough2@HCAHealthcare.com


LARGO LOGO - MORE MINDS (3)It is my pleasure to announce the opening of The Hepatobiliary Center at Largo Medical Center. The Hepatobiliary Center provides treatment for diseases of the liver, pancreas and gall bladder for patients needing these specialty services. A key aspect of the program is the multidisciplinary collaboration of medical experts including the surgeon, hepatologists, psychologists, oncologists, radiologists, dietitians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and financial coordinators. Each patient will be seen and evaluated by this team of experts who will develop a customized approach and treatment plan based on the patient’s individual needs.

Hussein Osman-Mohamed, MD, PhD, FACS has been named Medical Director of this program and of the hospital’s soon-to-open Transplant Institute of Florida (TIF), currently approved for adult kidney transplantation. Dr. Mohamed is dual fellowship-trained in hepatobiliary and transplant surgery. He performs several minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopic hepatectomies, pancreatic surgeries, cholecystectomies, appendectomies, nephrectomies, hernia repairs, bowel resections plus vascular and peritoneal access surgery for dialysis and parathyroidectomy. Dr. Mohamed works teaching medical students and researches in his field of expertise. It is this high level of expertise that a teaching hospital, like Largo Medical Center, is excited to provide to patients and our community.

Physicians can make patient referrals by calling HCA’s Transplant Surgical Specialists at Largo office at 727-587-7120. Patients can call The Hepatobiliary Center for a FREE physician referral at 1-844-ORGAN76 (1-844-674-2676). We look forward to great success with The Hepatobiliary Center and of the opening of the Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center, which will be the eighth approved kidney transplant center in the state.  We will keep you updated!
 
Anthony Degina
Chief Executive Officer
Largo Medical Center
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Palms of Pasadena Hospital Named 2014 Overall Business of the Year

Palms of Pasadena Hospital was named 2014 Overall Business of the Year by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner on January 14, 2015.

It is through the actions of our dedicated team members that we are able to provide our community with superior clinical care and a commitment to each patient’s individual needs.  This award reinforces our pledge of support to our community and our patient centered culture.

Visit us at http://palmspasadena.com/

Judy Goetz
Director of Marketing
Palms of Pasadena Hospital
727-341-7545


St. Pete General Logo-low res-09.04.14New CEO Named for St. Petersburg General Hospital

 (St Petersburg, FL, January 5, 2015) – Janice Balzano was recently named as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by the board of St. Petersburg General Hospital.  She brings to her new role more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare leadership.  She replaces retired CEO, Robert B. Conroy, Jr.
HCA West Florida President, Peter Marmerstein presented Ms. Balzano as his selection for the post to the board.  “Janice’s past experience includes success in strategy and finance as well as creating a safe and comfortable environment for patient care.  With her background, knowledge and expertise, she is uniquely suited to lead St. Petersburg General Hospital.”Ms. Balzano was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for HCA West Florida’s Brandon Regional Hospital for the past two and a half years. Prior to joining Brandon Regional, Ms. Balzano was the COO at West Hills Hospital, an HCA affiliate in Los Angeles, California.

Prior to HCA, Ms. Balzano served at several affiliated hospitals with Sutter Health, a large non-profit hospital system in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. There she served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) /Asst. Administrator Strategy & Business Development. Prior to Sutter Health, Ms. Balzano worked for a large (50+) physician multi-specialty Medical Group in Northern California as the Asst. Administrator for Finance.

Ms. Balzano holds a BS Degree in Accounting/Finance and an MBA in Healthcare Administration.  She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.6500 38th Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


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 St. Petersburg General Hospital Earns
‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition

(St Petersburg, FL, December 5, 2014) –  St. Petersburg General Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Pneumonia and Surgery. St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

This is the second year St. Petersburg General Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer for its performance on accountability measure data for Pneumonia and Surgery.  St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years. To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
•    Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
•    Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
•    Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of St. Petersburg General Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at St. Petersburg General Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Stephanie McNulty, Interim CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.

6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


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Largo Medical Center Receives ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Distinction Four Times in a Row from The Joint Commission

(Largo, FL – November 2014) – Largo Medical Center announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Largo Medical Center is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. This is the fourth year Largo Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer. The hospital is one of only 147 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction the past four consecutive years.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:
•    Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
•    Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
•    Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.
“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Largo Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Largo Medical Center is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Anthony Degina, CEO Largo Medical Center. “We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.


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LARGO MEDICAL CENTER TO OPEN FREESTANDING CLEARWATER ER

Ribbon-Cutting Set for Saturday, Nov. 22, at 10:15 a.m.

(Clearwater, FL –  November 2014) Largo Medical Center, an HCA West Florida hospital, will expand access to emergency care in Clearwater and North Pinellas County by opening Clearwater ER, a freestanding, full-service emergency department. The public is invited to attend an open house on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free activities for the whole family – including snow play, train rides, meeting mascot characters and getting children’s first aid kits (limited supplies). Elected officials will also participate in a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 a.m.

Located at 2339 Gulf to Bay Blvd., the 10,620-square-foot, one-story facility will provide 24/7, comprehensive care. The ER will feature 12 exam rooms; triage, isolation and critical care rooms; a laboratory; a pharmacy; and X-ray and CT scan equipment. The facility will initially employ 41 full-time staff members and six full-time physicians.

“Largo Medical Center is committed to meeting our community’s growing need for convenient emergency services,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer of Largo Medical Center. “We look forward to providing Clearwater and North Pinellas County residents with quality, compassionate care.”

Devenney Group served as the architect for the $8 million project. Bradenton-based PHM Group was the general contractor.


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Largo Medical Center Physician Appointed to Prestigious Nationwide Academic Committee

(November 2014 – Largo, FL) –  A physician at Largo Medical Center has been appointed to sit on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Principles Committee. Anthony Ottaviani, DO, MPH, Chief Academic Officer of Graduate Medical Education at the hospital, is one of only 14 people nationwide to be selected for this honor.

“The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and ACGME have been in discussions for quite some time working to develop a relationship that allows graduates of either school of medicine to seek Graduate Medical Education (GME) in either discipline,” said Anthony Ottaviani, DO, MPH, Chief Academic Officer, GME, Largo Medical Center. “This committee will help guide this process and I am thrilled to participate in something that will positively impact the future of GME.”

“Given the vision of our hospital  becoming a nationally renowned academic medical center, the staff is extremely honored to have Dr. Ottaviani involved in such a monumental undertaking in the world of Graduate Medical Education,” said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center.

The AOA and the ACGME have entered into an agreement to develop a “Single Accreditation” system for all Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) graduates. While DO’s have trained in the ACGME model for 45 years, MD’s have not been able to train in the DO model.

Once the basic standards are developed, the Osteopathic  Resident Review Committee will be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the basic standards for all Osteopathic Focused GME programs in the ACGME Single Accreditation System. There ultimately will be a merging of the basic standards of the AOA and ACGME allowing for full integration and opportunity for all US graduates to complete their GME in either model.

The Institute of Medicine recently identified the need to address the US physician shortage and opportunities to adapt physician training to meet the future population needs. Collaboration by the two accreditation systems for physician GME on in the US will help achieve this goal.


HCAWFLD-logoSt. Petersburg General Hospital Named as
“Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by National Survey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(St. Petersburg, FL, October 29, 2014)  St Petersburg General Hospital has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.
St. Petersburg General Hospital earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.
St. Petersburg General Hospital is proud to create an environment where every patient is treated with exceptional care no matter their background, religious views or sexual preference.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.

6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


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HCA CONTACT:                                 CDC FOUNDATION CONTACT:
Ed Fishbough                                      Claire Greenwell, cgreenwell@cdcfoundation.org
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HCA Gives $1 Million in Aid for Ebola Response to CDC Foundation

Nashville, Tenn., September 25, 2014 – HCA, which operates 164 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and England, and the CDC Foundation today announced a $1 million cash donation by HCA to the CDC Foundation to help support international Ebola epidemic response efforts involving the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their work with partners on the ground in West Africa.

“The U.S. and other nations around the world are surging our response to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in an effort to save thousands of lives from this terrible disease,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It’s still possible to reverse this epidemic and this contribution from HCA, and hopefully others like it, will help scale and speed up our response.”

HCA is one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the U.S. and has a long history of supporting relief efforts including those following the earthquake in Haiti, the Indonesian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The $1 million cash donation by HCA was made to the CDC Foundation’s Global Disaster Response Fund.

“Ebola continues to spread rapidly in West Africa, and CDC and others have made it clear that the window of opportunity to contain the virus is closing quickly,” said R. Milton Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of HCA. “The time to act is now, and we strongly encourage other companies, particularly those in the healthcare industry, to join us in this important effort to save lives.”

Since the CDC ramped up its Ebola response in early July, more than 700 CDC staff members have provided logistics, staffing, communication, analytics, management and other support functions. The CDC currently has more than 100 staff deployed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The CDC Foundation is working with donors like HCA to provide much-needed supplies and equipment for use on the ground in West Africa. These items include personal protective equipment, infection control tools, ready-to-eat meals, generators, vehicles and motorcycles, hiring of locally employed staff, exit screening tools and supplies at airports such as thermal scanners to detect fever.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a humanitarian crisis. The number of individuals infected with the Ebola virus doubles approximately every three weeks with more than 5,800 cases, based on the latest estimates. Tragically, the number of deaths has increased from 1,500 to more than 2,800 in the same time period. These numbers are only expected to climb without immediate action.

“Without additional public health interventions made possible by donations like that from HCA, CDC estimated that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach hundreds of thousands or even to over one million people,” said Charles Stokes, President and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “It’s critical that organizations support this vital effort to provide flexible funding that can be used to meet needs on the ground in West Africa. Together, we can all make a difference.”

About HCA

Founded in 1968, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising locally managed facilities that include 164 hospitals and 114 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England. Last year, HCA employees and caregivers at the company’s affiliated hospitals were responsible for more than 20 million patient encounters. A leader in quality and patient safety, 80 percent of HCA’s licensed affiliated U.S. hospitals as of December 31, 2012 were on The Joint Commission’s 2013 list of top performing hospitals.

About CDC Foundation

Established by Congress, the CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do more, faster, by forging public-private partnerships to support CDC’s work 24/7 to save lives and protect people from health and safety threats. The CDC Foundation currently manages more than 200 CDC-led programs in the United States and in 58 countries around the world. Since 1995 the CDC Foundation has launched more than 700 programs and raised $400 million to advance the life-saving work of CDC. For more information, please visit www.cdcfoundation.org.

All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.


HCA St Pete Gemeral Hosp(2)(St Petersburg, FL, September 23, 2014)  The Nursing Excellence Award was recently awarded to four deserving nurses at St. Petersburg General Hospital.  Eric Sorensen, RN from 1 East, Jackie Swedeen, RN from ICU, Casey Russel, RN from Women’s Services and Eugene Thomas, LPN from the Emergency Department were all distinguished for their inordinate service.

 -Eric Sorensen, RN 1 East
Eric always has a great attitude and a kind smile. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to his patients in a relaxed and comfortable manner. Eric’s patients frequently share comments about the excellent care he delivers and contributes to overall patient satisfaction. He is well liked and respected by his peers and physicians. Eric is a team player and is always willing to go out of his way to help anyone in need.
-Jackie Swedeen, RN Intensive Care Unit
Jackie Swedeen has been a member of the ICU team at St Petersburg General Hospital since 2009. She is well liked by her teammates because of her contagious smile and her sense of humor. Jackie recently trained to become the ICU Preceptor and has been instrumental in training the new nurses.

-Casey Russell, RN Women’s Services
Casey is a genuinely nice person and a compassionate and caring nurse. Her patients rave about the care she provides. She takes on the responsibility of relief charge with a positive attitude. The staff knows they can rely on Casey to lend a helping hand.

-Eugene Thomas, LPN Emergency Department
Eugene has been in the ED for 6 years and in this has helped to grow a successful team. His wittiness and sense of humor makes his peers, the physicians and the patients laugh and ease the mood. He is kind to all patients, able to juggle a busy patient load and take on extra duties for the good of the department.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.

6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


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St. Petersburg General Hospital Successfully Performs Pinellas County’s
First Robotically Assisted Stapler And Firefly Combination Cholecystectomy

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE(St Petersburg, FL, September 4, 2014) St. Petersburg General Hospital is the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to offer Firefly and Stapler technologies for colorectal surgeries as part of robotic assisted surgical procedures. The hospital utilizes the most advanced robotic technologies to enhance surgical capabilities that serve as an alternative to many traditional, open surgeries and conventional laparoscopic procedures.

Matthew Couch, MD, was able to transect the colon with the stapler and assess bowel perfusion with Firefly, allowing the extraction site to be smaller and at a location of his choosing, along with ensuring healthy tissue with Firefly for his reanastomosis (the reuniting by surgery of a divided vessel) .

The Firefly process involves the injection of a fluorescent dye that helps surgeons observe tissue even more clearly, allowing them to identify healthy, viable tissue and further improve surgical precision. The stapler is the first stapler technology in the world that allows full surgeon autonomy during a robotically assisted procedure to access critical anatomy and ensure appropriate tissue closure.

Surgeons are able to perform delicate and complex operations through tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control. This type of minimally invasive surgery commonly reduces a patient’s blood loss, pain and recovery time.

St. Petersburg General Hospital has accumulated many robotic “firsts” in the Tampa Bay area community and continues to be the leader in exemplary robotic assisted surgery.  For more information regarding this cutting edge technology, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com. 6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414


HCA WEST FLORIDA ANNOUNCES HOSPITAL PROJECTS TOTALING $136.8 MILLION

Area’s Largest Health System shares expansion plans including opening of new obstetrics unit and significant renovations to many area hospitalsHCA West Florida has announced expansion and renovation projects at several of its hospitals, estimated at more than $136.8.3 million, according to Peter Marmerstein, FACHE, President of HCA West Florida. These projects are in addition to the significant local economic impact provided by Tampa Bay’s largest health system, which was $1.5 billion in 2013. Click here to read entire news release>>>

 


HCA Pinellas County Hospitals

 ST. PETERSBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL ACKNOWLEDGES
FIRST QUARTER NURSING EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS

FIRST QUARTER NURSING EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS – (St Petersburg, FL, June 2, 2014)
Carla Comp, RN, Michelle Kieffer, RN, Renee Jackson, RN and Andrea Wislotsky, RN accepted the Nursing Excellence Award presented to them by Herman Zaharowitz, MD, Chief of Staff at St Petersburg General Hospital early last week. This award is highly regarded and highlights the dedication and excellence St Petersburg General Hospital has come to expect from its nurses.

Carla Comp, RN
Carla always brings a positive attitude and supports the rest of the team as a charge nurse. Whenever Carla is presented with a challenge, she rises above and gets the job done. Carla is an excellent resource for others and is dedicated to the patients she cares for.

Michelle Kieffer, RN  
Michelle has been employed at St Petersburg General Hospital since 1986. Michelle is dedicated, kind and caring. She is always willing to go the extra mile for our patients and surgeons. She is the type of person that any nurse would love to work beside. Michelle is always the patient’s best advocate.

Renee Jackson, RN
Renee has become a mentor and coach for the newer nurses on the night shift. She has built a team that works together to ensure call lights are answered within 3 minutes. She loves teaching the newer nurses and follows through with patient education.

Andrea Wislotsky, RN
Andrea has worked at St Petersburg General Hospital for several years.  Her current role is the weekend night shift Charge Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. Andrea consistently displays a great attitude, pushing through with her ‘we can get through it’ determination. She cares for her staff; she even brings in baked goods for them each weekend. Andrea is passionate about patient care and is currently pursuing the career path of Nurse Practitioner.

Pam Yarbrough
Director, Marketing and Public Relations
St Petersburg General Hospital
727-341-4048
Pam.Yarbrough2@HCAHealthcare.com

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility,
providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse.

For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.
6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414

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HCA Physician Services and Largo Medical Center Acquire Local Cardiology Experts

(Largo, FL – May 2014) – HCA Physician Services and Largo Medical Center are proud to announce the employment of four talented cardiologists in the area. The new HCA Physician Services office is called The Heart Institute at Largo. It is conveniently located at 1345 West Bay Drive – Suite 101in Largo, just east of the hospital.

“As part of  Largo Medical Center’s vision to be a nationally renowned academic medical center always providing compassionate care and service, the addition of this physician group will provide our community with an enhanced level of cardiovascular care,” said Anthony Degina, hospital CEO. “This relationship also provides us the opportunity to be involved in some of the most groundbreaking research today.”

The Heart Institute at Largo physicians are well-respected, long-time members of our local healthcare community. The group includes:

  • Jesse Klein, DO – Interventional Cardiologist
  • Merrill Krolick, DO – Interventional Cardiologist
  • Ronald Walsh, DO – Interventional Cardiologist
  • Jeffrey Steinhoff, MD – Cardiologist

“We are ecstatic to join with HCA Physician Services and Largo Medical Center,” said Jesse Klein, D.O., Interventional Cardiologist. “This allows for infinite solutions in both the delivery of exceptional patient care and in our training of future cardiologists.”

The Heart Institute at Largo will work diligently with the cardiovascular team at Largo Medical Center to provide clinical excellence in disease prevention and education, diagnosis and treatment. HCA Physician Services offices like these are comprised of locally managed physician practices throughout West Florida, ranging from primary and general medicine including specialists and surgeons. With the addition of these highly skilled cardiologists of The Heart Institute at Largo, HCA Physician Services now has 23 cardiologists and five cardiovascular surgeons in our community allowing us to provide comprehensive cardiac care to the communities we serve.

To learn more about this acquisition or to schedule an interview, contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Largo Medical Center at 727-348-1896.

About Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited, 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving the community from two campuses. The hospital provides Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care, Emergency Care, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Knee Care at the Florida Knee and Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorders Care, Spine and Neurological Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Sports Medicine Care at the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care. Largo Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education program is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine.

Tammy Robiconti
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Largo Medical Center – A Teaching Hospital
2025 Indian Rocks Rd.
Largo, FL  33774
www.LargoMedical.com
727-587-7576

MISSION
Our family caring for your family; your quality of life, our passion.
VISION
To be a nationally renowned academic medical center always providing compassionate care and service.
VALUES: ICARE
Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence

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     ST.  PETERSBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL HONORS

     2014 FRIST HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS

(St Petersburg, FL, May 19, 2014) St Petersburg General Hospital honored three deserving people on April 30, 2014. Volunteer Terry Budniak, employee Gigi Laursen, RN, and physician David A. LeVine, MD received the highest award given by HCA, the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award. The annual awards were given out at a hospital-wide presentation. The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), a founder of HCA, this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

The volunteer award recognizes a volunteer who gives unselfishly to patients within our facilities and people in the community. The employee award recognizes an employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities in his/her overall service to the community. The physician award honors a physician who displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond his/her day-to-day clinical responsibilities.

 Terry Budniak, Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient 

Terry Budniak has been an exceptional part of the St. Petersburg General Hospital Auxiliary for the past three years. She has volunteered over 700 hours of service to us. Budniak has a positive and caring attitude and encourages others to do the same. She is always willing to assist where needed, with a kind smile and a helping hand. Budniak also sits with patients and provides them with comfort and support.

Her volunteering does not end here at St Petersburg General Hospital; Budniak gives back to her community through her volunteer work at Holy Cross Church Parrish as well. Every week she volunteers performing clerical tasks and assisting wherever help is needed. She also serves as Eucharistic Minister weekly at masses, taking the Eucharist to those parishioners that are homebound. Regular visits to the residences at Lexington twice a month are common as she assists those who need help with transportation for shopping or attending mass. Budniak belongs to various women’s groups and her most recent event was the “March for Life” in St. Augustine, FL. She has also performed “Smile Ministry” at Jacaranda Manor, a local skilled nursing facility.  Her women’s club held a Christmas event there, and she was “Angel Wing the Clown”, bringing sunshine and happiness to all residents. It is a pleasure to work with her, and St Petersburg General Hospital considers her an integral part of the team.

 Gigi Laursen RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, NE-BC ICU Director, Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient

Gigi Laursen has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital since 1985. She is an inspiring person who takes the mission and vision of St. Petersburg General Hospital to heart.  Laursen is highly focused on the patient experience and the well-being of her staff and patients alike. Her community involvement is deeply rooted with her church, Park Place Wesleyan. She is a member of the church choir and a Sunday school teacher.

Laursen is involved with Habitat for Missionaries, which purchases houses in the local community, renovates them with volunteer labor, and “flips” the homes.  The profits from these home sales are used to support missionaries around the world. Every summer she volunteers for a week at a local youth camp where she is a camp nurse.

Laursen is the coordinator for a state-wide women’s service group, which raises money for victims of domestic violence at local shelters. She also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and has been the St. Petersburg General Hospital Team Captain for the Relay for Life event for many years. Laursen exemplifies our hospital core values of dignity, respect, honesty, fairness, loyalty, integrity, compassion and kindness.  It is a pleasure to know and work with her.

 David A. LeVine, MD, Physician Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient

David A. LeVine, MD has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital since 1990. He graduated medical school from the University of Miami School Of Medicine in 1986. Dr. LeVine consistently exhibits the qualities of caring and kindness both for his patients and the community.

For approximately 15 years, he has volunteered at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and for 6 years he volunteered as a Camp Physician at Ramah Darom summer camp in Georgia. Dr. LeVine is involved with his Synagogue Congregation, B’nai Israel in Clearwater, FL. For the past 12 years, on the Sabbath and holidays, he has provided religious services at Menorah Manor, a 180 bed Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facility.

Dr. LeVine has held folk dancing classes for the community to perform for the nursing home residents every Sunday night for the past 25 years. He has provided multiple continuing Education sessions for Physicians, Residents, Nursing Staff and the community. For the past 6 years, Dr. Levine has served as the Ethics Committee Chairman at both St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospitals. He currently serves on the Executive Board at both hospitals as well. Dr. LeVine also volunteers each year teaching Greek mythology to 4th and 5th graders at local community schools.

He has volunteered to serve as Physician Patient Experience officer to improve quality care and patient experience at St. Petersburg General Hospitals. Dr. LeVine is a faculty teacher for the St. Petersburg General Hospital Residency Program.  He is a caring and compassionate physician, who also spends quality time teaching our medical students.  St Petersburg General Hospital is proud to have him on staff. The hospital and our community are better places because of him.

 

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed acute care facility, providing comprehensive emergency, diagnostic, medical, surgical and women’s services. St Petersburg General Hospital is accredited as a Breast Center with Digital Imaging and Computer Aided Detection, Chest Pain Center and Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Cancer Center by the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons and a GYN Robotic Surgery Training Epicenter. Other services include The Orthopedic Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, Sleep Disorders Center, and New Vision™ Medical Stabilization for Substance Abuse. For more information about the hospital, please visit our website at www.StPeteGeneral.com.

6500 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone 727-384-1414

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           Largo Medical Center to Open Full-Service Emergency Department in Clearwater

 

Largo, FL – Largo Medical Center, an HCA West Florida hospital, will expand access to emergency care in Clearwater in the fall of 2014 with the opening of a freestanding emergency department in central Pinellas County called Clearwater ER. The site is located at 2339 Gulf to Bay Blvd. A groundbreaking of the Clearwater ER was held on Wednesday, April 9.

Located on a 2.4-acre site, the 10,600-square-foot, one-story facility is expected to serve more than 18,000 patients a year. The $8 million ER will feature 11 exam rooms and initially employ 41 full-time staff members and six full-time physicians.

“Largo Medical Center is committed to expanding healthcare access in central Pinellas County by bringing world-class emergency services to our community,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer of Largo Medical Center. “We look forward to providing patients more options for high-quality, convenient emergency care.”

The freestanding facility will operate as a full-service emergency room providing 24/7 care, with dedicated trauma and CT scan rooms as well as laboratory and imaging services. Devenney Group is serving as the project’s architect. Bradenton-based PHM Group is the general contractor.

“For the more than 35,000 residents living closest, the Clearwater ER will be one of their greatest assets during an emergency,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos. “The city is excited about the opening of this emergency room this coming fall

HCA Pinellas County Hospitals Locations

Edward White Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL

Largo Medical Center
Largo, FL

Northside Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL

Palms of Pasadena Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL

St Petersburg General Hospital

 

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