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Free skin cancer screening in Sarasota

Free skin cancer screening in Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida -- Dr. Abrams, D.O., Sheryl Wilson, ARNP-C and the team at Abrams Dermatology will be conducting free skin cancer screening in the Sarasota area to help prevent and diagnose early signs of skin cancers.

The screening is voluntary and free of charge. It is a rapid screening and is not a full skin examination. The physician or nurse practitioner will provide patients with recommendations upon examination and provide information on skin cancer.  

Boil water advisory lifted

Boil water advisory lifted

Sarasota, FL -- A precautionary boil water advisory was lifted today, March 13, and all lanes are now open to traffic after repairs were made to a water main break, which occurred Friday on the westbound lanes of Bahia Vista Street at Oak View Drive.

A total of 153 calls were made through the county’s automated telephone call system, Reverse 911, to notify area residents and businesses that a precautionary boil water advisory was issued Friday after the water main break, which affected a mobile home park and two churches, among others.

North Sarasota Library helps those with hearing loss

North Sarasota Library helps those with hearing loss

Sarasota, Florida -- The North Sarasota Public Library will be the first community venue in Sarasota to offer a hearing loop system in its main meeting room.

This innovative system is considered to provide the clearest, most understandable sound for many with hearing loss as it sends the voice of a speaker from a microphone directly to one's hearing aids.

It also eliminates the need for headsets used by other assisted listening systems, which frequently cause irritating back-feed interference.

Mindfulness & cognitive tools for stress reduction class

Mindfulness & cognitive tools for stress reduction class

Sarasota, FL -- “Be here now.” Good idea—but rarely followed. The truth is most of us aren’t living in the moment. Because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most of our minds are a million miles away from the here and now.

The good news is: mindfulness can be taught. A few basic exercises lead to increased concentration, reduced stress, and improved wellness. How to learn?

The Sarasota Mindfulness Institute is offering two programs that can help. The first, a two-hour workshop, “Intro to Mindfulness: How to Resolve Anger and Hurt,” is Thursday, March 17, 6-8 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted.

USF looks to create research center in Sarasota

USF looks to create research center in Sarasota

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) -- Maine's Jackson Laboratory and the University of South Florida plan to create a new research center in Florida's Sarasota County that's the size of a typical Wal-Mart.

The project, dubbed The Jackson Laboratory-Florida, will focus on genetics-based treatments for heart disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Other partners on the project include Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Hospitals say Sarasota County owes for indigents

Hospitals say Sarasota County owes for indigents

SARASOTA, Florida (AP) -- Sarasota County taxpayers might be on the hook for close to $100 million in medical bills for indigent people.

Three for-profit hospitals have sued the southwest Florida county, citing an obscure provision in the local law suggesting that any hospital in the county can recoup the costs of treating poor people.

Sarasota Memorial named among "America's 50 Best Hospitals"

Sarasota Memorial named among "America's 50 Best Hospitals"

Sarasota, FL -- Just one month after being named among the nation’s top 5% of hospitals, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s superior clinical outcomes resulted in HealthGrades’ highest ranking for 2011 – the elite “America’s 50 Best Hospitals”.

“America’s 50 Best Hospitals” rank among the top 1% of the nation’s 5,000-plus hospitals for consistent clinical excellence in HealthGrades annual studies.

To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates in the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years.

“As our nation searches for a solution to providing American’s with access to high quality health care at an affordable price, Sarasota Memorial is setting the standard, demonstrating that consistent, sustainable clinical excellence is achievable,” Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and co-author of the report said in a statement.