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New Tampa hospital construction

New Tampa hospital construction

While technically in Wesley Chapel, residents of New Tampa anxiously await the opening in 2012 of the Wesley Chapel Medical Center.

Occupying 52 acres with a 200,000 square foot facility, the medical center will offer obstetrics, pediatrics, sports medicine, general surgery and a full service emergency unit with helipad.

The hospital will have 80 beds. It is expected to bring 300 to 400 new jobs to the region.

Construction is on schedule for an opening later in 2012, around September.

Westchase women encouraged to get off the scale

Westchase women encouraged to get off the scale

Tampa, Florida -- Step away from the scale...

That's the message from Allen Keller with Direct Effect Fitness in Westchase. Rather than the scale, Allen says use the jeans. He's launching the 'Thermometer Jeans Challenge' on Aug. 27.

For eight weeks, women can grab their favorite "thermometer jeans" and use that as their goal, not a number a scale as they follow a fitness and nutritional routine.

Free back to school physicals & immunizations

Free back to school physicals & immunizations

Ruskin, Florida - Children and teens heading back to school can get up to date with their vaccinations for free thanks to the Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County.

There are two places parents can take their children on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The first is the SouthShore Community Resource Center at 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Appointments are required however.

Moffitt Cancer Center ranked among Top 20 best places to work

Moffitt Cancer Center ranked among Top 20 best places to work

Tampa, FL -- The Scientist magazine has found Moffitt Cancer Center to be among the “Best Places to Work in Academia".

This year Moffitt came in at number 17, up four places from last year.

The magazine received more than 2,260 responses from 92 institutions in the U.S. and 19 outside of the U.S.  Results and this year’s top 40 institutions list can be found in the July 2011 issue of The Scientist.

The center's top strengths? Survey participants from Moffitt ranked peers and infrastructure and environment.

Apollo Beach mom and son back from Washington visit about Medicaid

Apollo Beach mom and son back from Washington visit about Medicaid

Apollo Beach, FL -- On July 25 and 26, Tawn Boykin and her 3-year-old son Justin traveled to Washington shared their story of heartache and hope on Capitol Hill.

Tawn wanted to help lawmakers understand the importance of protecting pediatric care and their hometown children's hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, in the face of growing budget concerns.

3-year-old Justin, who was born almost four months early and weighed just 1 lb, 6 ounces, has cerebral palsy, developmental delay, seizures and other health conditions related to being born premature.

The Boykin's along with 30 other patients from across the United States traveled to D.C. to bring attention to potential new barriers to pediatric health care as part of the National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) Family Advocacy Day.

Eye strain? Could be computer vision syndrome

Eye strain? Could be computer vision syndrome

Tampa, Florida -- Suffering from eye strain, irritated eyes, neck pain, and headaches?

It could be Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

Nathan Bonilla-Warford with Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Westchase has written up useful articles on what you can do to protect your eyes in the digital world we're living in.

Click:  Bright Eyes Family Vision Care

Local family to fight threats to pediatric care in Washington

Local family to fight threats to pediatric care in Washington

Apollo Beach, FL -- Next week, a local family, along with 30 other families from across the U.S., is bringing their story of heartache and hope to Washington, D.C. to help Congress understand the importance of protecting pediatric care and their hometown children's hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, in the face of growing budget concerns.

Congress is discussing proposals to cut the program’s funding by $1 trillion during the next decade and impose a cap on the amount the federal government can contribute.

The Apollo Beach family hopes to bring attention to potential new barriers these cuts will create for pediatric health care as part of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) Family Advocacy Day. 

The Boykin's 3-year-old son Justin, who was born almost four months early and weighed just 1 lb, 6 ounces, has cerebral palsy, grade III and grade IV brain bleeds, developmental delay, seizures and other health conditions related to prematurity.