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10 News and Chili's bring MLK blood drive to Lithia

10 News and Chili's bring MLK blood drive to Lithia

Lithia, Florida -- January is the month of highest blood usage by patients in Tampa Bay. In addition to the existing need for blood, there is currently a critical need for more minority donors on the National Marrow Donor Program's 'Be The Match' Registry.

Therefore, Ten News has teamed up with Chili's restaurants to sponsor Ten News Martin Luther King Day Blood & Marrow Donor Registry Drive, on Monday, January 17, 2011. 

All lifesaving donors will receive a commemorative  Martin Luther King Jr. T-shirt, a Chili's FREE $5 Be Our Guest Coupon and a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening.  In addition, all blood donors will receive information on joining  the National Marrow Donor Program's 'Be The Match' Registry!

A bloodmobile will be at the Ten News studios, located at 11450 Gandy Blvd. in Saint Petersburg. 

USF breaks ground on new health center

USF breaks ground on new health center

Tampa, FL-- Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio celebrated with USF President Judy Genshaft Tuesday as the university broke ground on a brand new health center.


The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will be a 90,000 sq. foot facility in downtown Tampa, designed to help healthcare professionals learn, practice and perfect medical techniques.


The center will also be behind some of the newest medical devices in the industry.


Construction is expected to wrap up in December.

USF Health celebrates groundbreaking tomorrow

USF Health celebrates groundbreaking tomorrow

Tampa, FL -- This Tuesday, Jan. 11, local leaders will break ground on the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), a new $30-million, 90,000-square-foot facility in downtown Tampa.

According to USF, CAMLS will transform the training these healthcare professionals with creative learning models and simulators designed to help participants learn, practice and perfect complex medical techniques.

CAMLS will also focus on designing and testing new surgical and medical devices and technologies in its Research and Innovation Lab.

USF President Judy Genshaft, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of USF Health and dean of the College of Medicine, will speak at Tuesday’s ground breaking.

The project, designed by The Beck Group, is scheduled to open in December 2011. 

For more information, please visit www.camls-us.org.

Cruise returns to port after passengers get sick

Cruise returns to port after passengers get sick

Tampa, Florida - The Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas cruise ship pulled into port Saturday morning in Tampa and many of its passengers described the symptoms they suffered after coming down with a gastrointestinal virus onboard.


For Melba and Claudia from Chicago, their first cruise is unforgettable, they say. That's because, during the five day cruise to Mexico, a number of guests came down with Norovirus.


Neither wanted to give their last names but Claudia says, "There were hundreds of people sick."


While Melba and Claudia didn't get sick, they say they saw plenty of other passengers who were. Claudia says, "They were throwing up in all of the bathrooms."

Precautionary water boil notice lifted

Precautionary water boil notice lifted

Tampa, FL -- Hillsborough County has lifted a precautionary boil water notice issued Tuesday night, Jan. 4, for a portion of Westchase.

The notice affected those Westchase communities which are accessed by Montague Street and Gretna Green Drive north of Linebaugh Avenue.

Hillsborough County’s Public Utilities Department issued the notice Tuesday night after a 16-inch water pipeline was shut down to repair a leak. Service was restored by 10:30 that evening.

Follow-up lab tests showed no contamination in the system.

Customers can call (813) 544-5010 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for more information. From 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., customers may call (813) 744-5600.

USF students in search of bone marrow donor

USF students in search of bone marrow donor

Tampa, FL – Last week, at the University of South Florida's Marshall Student Center, members of Col.S.A. (Colombian Student Association) and The Icla da Silva Foundation held a bone marrow drive for leukemia patients. Accoring to USF, the drive was focused on a young boy, Santiago, who has leukemia and is awaiting a suitable donor.

During the USF event, students registered as bone marrow donors throughout the day. Col.S.A. members discussed how someone can be a registered marrow donor. The Icla da Silva Foundation's recruitment specialist Mauricio Murillo spoke about how this event came to USF and how anyone can help this cause.

Although this particular event has passed, the Icla da Silva Foundation continues to pursue educating and inspiring potential bone marrow donors in the community. For more information go to www.icla.org.