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Life Jacket Loaner Program milestone

CLEARWATER — The Sea Tow Basis not too long ago opened its 1,000th Life Jacket Loaner Program.

This system began in 2008 with a single location the place boaters might borrow and return life jackets for a secure day on the water. Because of grant funding from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Belief Fund, company sponsors and particular person donors, this system has since grown to be the most important life jacket loaner program on the earth.

To rejoice the milestone and reveal their ongoing dedication to boating security, MarineMax matched donations made to the Sea Tow Basis as much as $5,000 on Sept. 23-30. When you’d prefer to make a tax-deductible donation to the Sea Tow Basis and have MarineMax match it throughout this timeframe, go to www.boatingsafety.com/MarineMaxDonationMatch 

Stated Gail Kulp, govt director of the Sea Tow Basis: “Since 2008, we’ve distributed over 90,000 life jackets, and we are able to’t wait to rejoice many extra milestones sooner or later as this system continues to develop, making certain individuals could make secure, enjoyable and lasting reminiscences on the water for years to return.” 

Brian Rehwinkel, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fee added poignantly, “When you don’t have a life jacket, you’ll be able to’t put on one.” 

Along with offering life jackets boaters can borrow, the Life Jacket Loaner program teaches boaters in regards to the significance of not solely sporting a life jacket, however that it’s correctly fitted. The Sea Tow Basis supplies on-line assets for boaters, together with becoming demonstration movies, life jacket cleansing ideas and academic blogs.


Mr. and Mrs. Countryside introduced

CLEARWATER — Kathleen Agnew and Victor Lucas have been introduced because the 2022 Mr. & Mrs. Countryside at a reception September 21 on the Countryside Nation Membership.

The presentation of the Mr. & Mrs. Countryside Award has been an annual occasion since 1997 and winners are acknowledged for his or her dedication to volunteering for the good thing about the neighborhood.

Agnew’s commitments to the neighborhood embody being on the board of a number of nonprofits. She has been concerned along with her house owner’s affiliation and the Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition for a few years.  She additionally volunteers with the Clearwater Housing Board, Clearwater NAACP, and 2020 Census.

Lucas’ neighborhood involvement contains holding workplace and being on the board of a number of nonprofits. Victor volunteers with Clearwater Jazz Vacation Basis, Dunedin Council of Organizations, Early Studying Coalition of Pinellas, Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, and the Clearwater Downtown Partnership.

Occasion sponsors included Countryside Nation Membership, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Valley Financial institution.   

BayCare presents new knee surgical procedure

CLEARWATER — BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital not too long ago turned the primary hospital within the Tampa Bay space to supply lateral method knee alternative surgical procedure. 

The process can be known as quadricep sparing surgical procedure as a result of it doesn’t require the surgeon to chop the quadricep muscle. For the affected person, this could imply a smaller scar and a faster restoration.

Orthopedic Surgeon David Cheong, MD, who’s with Orthopedic Associates of West Florida on the Morton Plant campus, has been performing the surgical procedures at Morton Plant since July. He noticed the benefits of the process when he determined to spend time observing it in particular person.

“Although it’s a technically tough process, I acknowledged the advantages for my sufferers can be definitely worth the funding of my time away from my follow to be taught it,” he mentioned.


Bariatric program will get reaccreditation

DUNEDIN — BayCare’s Mease Dunedin Hospital’s bariatric program not too long ago acquired reaccreditation as a Complete Middle by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical procedure Accreditation and High quality Enchancment Program.

The reaccreditation affirms this system meets the best requirements for affected person security and high quality of care.

Bariatrics is the department of medication that offers with the causes, prevention and remedy of weight problems. Vitamin, train, weight-loss behavioral remedy, drug remedy and weight-loss surgical procedure are all parts of the bariatric area.

“It was a rigorous evaluate, and we handed with flying colours,’’ mentioned Gina Jackson, the hospital’s bariatric supervisor. “I’m so pleased with my staff and their accomplishments.’’

Mease Dunedin is one in every of 4 BayCare hospitals with accredited bariatric applications.

South Florida Baptist Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital have accredited applications and may have their digital website go to for reaccreditation subsequent 12 months. Winter Haven Hospital utilized for its preliminary accreditation and awaits outcomes from its digital website survey. 

Mease Countryside Hospital plans to use for its preliminary accreditation by the tip of this 12 months, and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South plans to use subsequent 12 months.

“Because the variety of people affected by weight problems continues to develop, BayCare is dedicated to standing out as a pacesetter in well being care by increasing our bariatric applications to further hospitals with a purpose to higher serve the wants of our communities,’’ mentioned Donna St. Louis, vice chairman of enterprise growth for BayCare.

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