Pinellas News

Tarpon hospital foundation to hold public meeting

TARPON SPRINGS — Florida Hospital North Pinellas will ring in the new year by hosting a public meeting of the Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation next Thursday, Jan. 16.

The foundation honors the hospital’s former namesake, Helen Ellis, who devoted herself to the facility and Tarpon Springs community through volunteer work.

The yearly get-together begins at 6:30 p.m. and typically lasts about an hour, said the foundation’s executive director, Terry Smither. It takes place in the A and B Conference Rooms.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to see what’s going on on an annual basis,” she said. “There will be presentations about the hospital, about some of our programs and services by administration and one of our leading doctors.”

The purpose of the Helen Ellis Memorial Foundation is to strengthen the relationship between the community and Florida Hospital North Pinellas by promoting the facility and its daily operations, according to the group’s website.

In addition to hospital updates and presentations, five candidates will be up for election to serve on the foundation’s board of directors. The five — DeeAnn L. Isguzar, Daniel C. Richardson, Charles A. Samarkos, John Tarapani and Paul J. Wikle — are all incumbents.

Votes are cast by each of the foundation’s 68 members. Each of these members represent a church, civic or fraternal organization, service group, or are a resident of the hospital’s service area.

Though the public does not take part in the casting of ballots, there will be numerous opportunities during the evening for attendees to make comments and suggestions or raise concerns, Smither said.

For more information leading up to the meeting, call the hospital at (727) 943-3651.

(727) 815-1071