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Looking for an acupuncturist?

Looking for an acupuncturist?

Sarasota, FL -- The Family Healing Center welcomes Lauren Rathvon, a nationally board-certified and Florida-licensed acupuncture physician, to its staff.  

Rathvon earned her bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida in 2001, and her degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota 2009.

“I’ve always been involved with enterprises that emphasize a healthy, innovative, and progressive lifestyle,” says Rathvon. “I believe that the healthier the body is, the happier the spirit is–and vice versa. A vital mission of The Family Healing Center is to help people discover the natural way to health and wellbeing by understanding what options are available. It’s a perfect fit for me.”

Health warnings for Venice and Turtle beaches

Health warnings for Venice and Turtle beaches

Sarasota, Florida - Health officials say stay out of the water at Venice Public Beach and Turtle Beach. Tests show an elevated level of bacteria there from fecal pollution. That can come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

Swimming in water with high levels is hazardous. If the water's ingested or enters the body through a cut or sore, it can cause disease, infections or rashes.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital partners with USF's College of Nursing

Sarasota Memorial Hospital partners with USF's College of Nursing

Sarasota, FL -- Sarasota Memorial Hospital partners with USF College of Nursing as a new Clinical Collaborative partner.


This expansion supports the USF Sarasota/Manatee "Blueprint for Health Professions Education at USF Sarasota/Manatee" a project funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess how best to serve the local community's health professions education needs and lay the groundwork for future academic programming.


A unique feature that distinguishes the Clinical Collaborative model from other traditional models is that students complete the majority of their clinical experience at a single health care organization or team of hospitals.


In summer 2011, a new team of 12 undergraduate nursing students will be created and will conduct all clinical training at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Sarasota health officials warn flu season is here take precautions

Sarasota health officials warn flu season is here take precautions

Sarasota, FL -- The peak time for the flu season is expected to peak by the end of the month, according to the Sarasota County Health Department.


While getting vaccinated is the best defense against seasonal flu viruses, local health officials are also urging people of all ages to wash hands often, and cover your mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough and sneeze.


Health officials attribute the adoption of good hand washing and cough etiquette in part to the limited impact that the H1N1 flu virus had on our community during the 2009 pandemic.


"We can't afford to let our guard down," said Dr. William Heymann, medical director for the Sarasota County Health Department in a press release. "Hand washing is the single most important action that individuals can take to avoid getting sick and spreading disease to others."

Free health services at 16 Sarasota County sites

Free health services at 16 Sarasota County sites

Sarasota County, 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 March.

The Health In Motion staff also will participate in two special events during March. The “Get Ready for Spring” Medical Screening Day will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota. The event will feature free skin cancer screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, as well as HIV rapid testing. All services at this event are free.

The second special event, the Sarasota Springfest 2011, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Saturday, March 19, at Palmer Ranch at the corner of Sawyer Loop and Northridge roads off Clark Road in Sarasota. A range of health screenings will be offered at no cost at this event. 

Sarasota Memorial welcomes two physicians in North Port expansion

Sarasota Memorial welcomes two physicians in North Port expansion

North Port, Florida -- Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s First Physicians Group recently opened two new medical practices in Sarasota Memorial’s ER and Health Care Center in North Port, honoring a commitment to help fill a critical need for more primary and specialty physicians in the medically underserved area.

Longtime Sarasota Memorial physician John Hoertz, MD, will practice obstetrics and gynecology in North Port four days a week, and Elizabeth Cefalu, MD, who recently relocated from a family practice group in Shamokin, Pa., will provide internal medicine and pediatrics care five days a week in North Port.

Both are part of First Physicians Group, a group of more than 72 primary and specialty care physicians recruited and employed by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Their offices are located on the second floor of the North Port Medical Plaza and both are accepting new patients. Dr. Hoertz can be reached at 941-917-7888; Dr. Cefalu can be reached at 941-257-2930.

'Take-back program' gets drugs off streets

'Take-back program' gets drugs off streets

North Port, Florida -- Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a growing problem in our nation and unfortunately the City of North Port is no exception to this alarming trend. In an effort to combat the problem, the North Port Police Department has instituted an unused prescription drug 'take-back program'.

A new no-questions-asked, prescription drug drop-off box in the lobby of the main police station is one of the ways the program is being implemented. It will allow citizens to bring unused, unwanted, or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and leave them in safe hands.

The City of North Port explains, "The installation of the drop-off box is critical for two reasons. First, it gets the drugs off the street and out of medicine cabinets away from non-prescribers. The no-questions-asked policy allows those dropping off medications to remain anonymous. Secondly, it keeps unused prescription medications from being flushed down the drain and seeping into the water system. It also helps to prevent prescription drugs from being thrown away and, potentially, ending up in the wrong hands or seeping into the soil and water."