BayCare HealthHub

BayCare Health System sponsors the new BayCare HealthHub at the James P. Gills Family YMCA, in Trinity.

CLEARWATER – BayCare Health System and YMCA of the Suncoast teamed up recently to launch the first BayCare HealthHub at the James P. Gills Family YMCA in Trinity.

The HealthHub is a telehealth center where Y members and their families, visitors and the community can receive non-urgent medical care from board-certified physicians through video conferencing and medical diagnostic equipment.

The telehealth kiosk, which features a private room inside the James P. Gills YMCA, is interactive and user-friendly. The technology allows patients to easily enter their symptoms through a touchscreen and work with medical tools such as thermometers, dermatoscopes, otoscopes, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuffs and high definition cameras to help doctors make an accurate diagnosis.

“We’re proud to be the first health system in the Tampa Bay area to bring high quality health care into a wellness facility using the innovative telehealth technology,” said Jim Cote, senior vice president for Ambulatory Services at BayCare. “This collaboration allows us to make health care more convenient for the local community and provide easier access to care when residents need it.”

The telehealth kiosk at the Y in Trinity opened in June 2018. In the future, the organizations hope to expand to more YMCA centers across the Tampa Bay area.

"This exciting partnership will help us connect members of the community to a dynamic program that will build on our organization’s mission to improve and strengthen the community’s health and well-being," said G. Scott Goyer, president and CEO at the YMCA of the Suncoast.

This collaboration is part of BayCare’s effort to expand access to high-quality health care to help make life better for the Tampa Bay community. BayCare also recently collaborated with Publix to launch telehealth technology kiosks called Walk-In Care provided by BayCare at 26 in-store Publix Pharmacy locations across the Tampa Bay area. Since its launch, 11 centers have been opened. Fifteen more locations are expected to open by the end of 2018.

Northside Hospital receives Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving achievement award

ST. PETERSBURG – Northside Hospital recently received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Northside Hospital earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Northside Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Dia Nichols, CEO, Northside Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

“We commend Northside Hospital for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

Morton Plant Mease experts to host community health seminar

CLEARWATER – Health experts from Morton Plant Mease will present a seminar on incontinence solutions Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon, at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Urologist Nicole Szell, D.O., will discuss incontinence and treatment options, as well as how to talk about it with a doctor. To preregister for a health seminar, call 727-953-6877, or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.

DOH-Pinellas to host Back to School dental clinic

PINELLAS PARK – Kids and teens can start the school year with a bright smile, thanks to the no-cost Back to School dental clinic, set for Saturday, July 28, at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's Pinellas Park center, 6350 76th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

Children and young people from the ages of 4 through 18 can receive exams and X-rays at no cost during the event. Parents can make appointments for any needed services that can't be provided during the Back to School clinic. The clinic opens at 7 a.m. and the services will be provided on a first come, first served basis. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to receive services. The clinic is for patients who are new to the DOH-Pinellas dental clinics. No appointment is necessary to receive the no-cost services.

For information about DOH-Pinellas, visit www.PinellasHealth.com.

Diabetes self-management program set

CLEARWATER – A diabetes self-management program will be offered Mondays, Aug. 6 through Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m., at Ross Norton Recreation and Aquatic Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater.

There will be no class on Labor Day.

Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. The program is free. Participants must be age 60 or older.

Stanford University’s Diabetes Self-Management program (DSMP) is an evidence based program designed for people with type 2 diabetes.

Subjects covered include:

• Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration.

• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance.

• Healthy eating.

• Appropriate use of medication.

• Working more effectively with health care providers.

To register or for more information, call 727-462-6025 or email Elizabeth.Minor@myclearwater.com.

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