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Sarasota to open employee health center Monday called "CareHere"

Sarasota to open employee health center Monday called "CareHere"

Sarasota, FL:  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the new City of Sarasota employee health center, Monday, April 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.  The center is located at 237 Payne Park Way, adjacent to the Payne Park tennis facility.  It will serve current City employees and retirees. 

The health center will be a mechanism to reduce health care costs for the City by encouraging voluntary preventative health care screenings and follow up consultations.  Two physicians will staff the clinic.  The health center is operated by CareHere, which runs similar facilities in the public and private sectors in eighteen states.

Sarasota County named 4th healthiest place to live in Florida

Sarasota County named 4th healthiest place to live in Florida

Sarasota, Florida -- A national survey ranks Sarasota County as the 4th healthiest place to live among Florida's 67 counties.

The survey shows Sarasota County adults smoke and drink a bit less than the average Floridian and are thinner too. Its residents also get preventive medical care such as mammograms more often. In general, according to the survey, adults in Sarasota feel better and live longer than most other counties in Florida.

Free health services provided at 16 county sites

Free health services provided at 16 county sites

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Health Department’s Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 16 sites around the county during April.

The services offered at all regularly established sites include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure tests, pregnancy testing, HIV and tuberculosis testing, adult immunizations and health education. The staff also assists individuals who lack medical insurance and do not have a health care provider to find a medical home for ongoing health care.

No appointment is needed. Some services are free, including HIV rapid testing with results in 20 minutes. Other services are provided on a sliding-fee scale based on income. Licensed volunteer physicians from the Senior Friendship Centers provide basic medical care when the mobile medical unit is at the Salvation Army in Sarasota. A registered nurse is available at all sites.

The following is a schedule of dates and locations for the mobile unit in Sarasota:

Free health services provided at 16 county sites

Free health services provided at 16 county sites

Venice, Florida -- The Sarasota County Health Department’s Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 16 sites around the county during April.

The services offered at all regularly established sites include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure tests, pregnancy testing, HIV and tuberculosis testing, adult immunizations and health education. The staff also assists individuals who lack medical insurance and do not have a health care provider to find a medical home for ongoing health care.

No appointment is needed. Some services are free, including HIV rapid testing with results in 20 minutes. Other services are provided on a sliding-fee scale based on income. Licensed volunteer physicians from the Senior Friendship Centers provide basic medical care when the mobile medical unit is at the Salvation Army in Sarasota. A registered nurse is available at all sites.

The following is a schedule of dates and locations for the mobile unit in Venice and North Port:

If the shoe fits...you're better off than most runners

If the shoe fits...you're better off than most runners

Sarasota County, Florida -- Many runners are injured or challenged by something quite simple - not having the right footgear. Everything from the tread to the width to the arch affects the alignment of your body as you run, so the right fit is key.

Luckily, the Sarasota County Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a free two-topic seminar, entitled “Knee Injuries– Prevention and Treatment,” followed by “Proper Shoe Fit, Shoe Technologies and Foot Pathologies.” The program, which is open to the public, will take place on Friday, April 1, from noon-1:30 p.m. at Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota.

The first speaker is Dr. Gary Shapiro, a renowned orthopedic surgeon and regional leader in sports medicine and the care of athletes for all ages. The second presenter is David Jackson, a certified pedorthist through the Robert M. Palmer M.D. Institute of Biomechanics, and owner and operator of New Balance of Sarasota. 

Walk-in STD testing offered by county

Walk-in STD testing offered by county

Sarasota County, Florida -- As part of the “Get Yourself Tested - GYT” national campaign, the Sarasota County Health Department (SCHD) now offers STD testing for sexually transmitted diseases, including  chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV, on a walk-in basis with very little wait time.

These services are available at the health department’s downtown Sarasota location, 2200 Ringling Blvd., in Room 1106.

Hours for walk-in STD testing are Mondays 1-4 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-noon and Thursdays 1-6 p.m.

There is no charge for testing, and teens are welcome.

Free this week: ‘Rx for Well-being’ forum

Free this week: ‘Rx for Well-being’ forum

Venice, Florida -- Area physicians and health care professionals will address topics related to reducing risks associated with prescription medications this week at a free community forum, "Rx for Well-being.” The forum will take place on Thursday, March 24, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., as a part of the Lifestyles after 50 Expo at Venice Community Center (326 Nokomis Ave. S.).

At 10 a.m., Ron Lucchino, Ph.D., will do a presentation on the "Beers List,” a guide for avoiding foods and other things that can interfere with medications or create dangerous side effects. At noon, Eric Buete, M.D., will share insights on how to talk with your physician to create a patient-doctor relationship that will help to better address patient’s healthcare issues. At 1 p.m., Miguel Rivera, M.D., will present "Medication and Side Effects." The presentations by Doctors Lucchino and Rivera are in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association.