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2002 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Health Care Celebrates American Heart Month in February
01/06/2005

CLEARWATER, Fla. (January 31, 2002)---Leave the chocolate unopened and shelve the Valentine's Day cards. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is celebrating February, American Heart Month with a series of events in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Focusing on cardiac wellness, the events include cardiac community lectures, screenings, counseling/support groups and cooking demonstrations. The Morton Plant Mease "Heart Healthy" series is offered free to the community, unless otherwise noted.

Lectures

* "Smoking and Your Heart"---Tuesday, February 5, 11 a.m., Michelle Sternik, RRT, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "Managing Hypertension through Exercise"---Tuesday, February 5, 12:30 p.m., Adam Haselbroock, Fitness Specialist, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "New Advances in Cardiac Surgery"---Wednesday, February 6, Noon, Blaine Heric, MD, Trinity Outpatient Center.

* "Blood Sugars: What the Numbers Mean"---Thursday, February 7, 3:30 p.m., Pat Maleski, RN, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "Current Concepts in Pacemaker and Defibrillation Therapy"---Thursday, February 7, 4:00 p.m., Sharon Stinson, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "Women and Heart Disease"---Friday, February 8, Noon, Vanessa Lucarella, MD, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "New Advances in Cardiac Surgery"---Wednesday, February 13, Noon, Gary Dworkin, MD, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "Non-Invasive Imaging for Heart Disease"---Tuesday, February 19, Noon, Jorge Navas, MD, Bardmoor Outpatient Center.

* "New Treatment of Coronary Re-Stenosis"---Wednesday, February 20, Noon, Bernardo Stein, MD, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion.

* "The Diabetes/Heart Connection"---Wednesday, February 20, 3:30 p.m., Cindy Brea, RDLD, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "What is a Heart Attack? An ER Perspective"---Thursday, February 21, Noon, Donna Moran, RN, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "What You Should Know About Congestive Heart Failure"---Friday, February 22, 1:30 p.m., Judy Kinnecom, RN, Countryside Health Education Center.

* "Maintaining a Healthy Heart"---Wednesday, February 27, 4 p.m., Marcus Riedhammer, MD, Turley Family Health Center.

Screenings

* "Heart and Vascular Evaluations"---Wednesday, February 6, 8 a.m.-Noon, North Bay Hospital, Mobile Medical Unit; Friday, February 8, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Countryside Health Education Center; Wednesday, February 13, 8 a.m.-Noon, Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Mobile Medical Unit; Wednesday, February 13, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Trinity Outpatient Center; Tuesday, February 19, 1-5 p.m., Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Mobile Medical Unit; and Wednesday, February 20, 1-5 p.m., Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, fee.

Counseling/Support Group

* "One-on-one Nutritional Counseling"---Friday, February 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Countryside Health Education Center, fee.

* "Congestive Heart Failure Support Group"---Wednesday, February 13, 2 p.m., Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion.

Cooking Demonstrations

* "Carb Coaching for Your Meal Plan"---Thursday, February 21, 3:30 p.m., Pat Maleski, RN, Countryside Health Education Center, fee.

* "Learn to Cook with No Salt"---Friday, February 22, 12 p.m., Erin Kowal, RDLD, Countryside Health Education Center.

Locations:

Bardmoor Outpatient Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Rd., Largo.

Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Countryside Health Education Center, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey.

Trinity Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., New Port Richey.

Turley Family Health Center, 807 N. Myrtle Ave., Clearwater.

For more information about the lectures, screenings, counseling/support groups and cooking demonstrations, please call 727/462-7500. Established in 1994, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care.

Contact: Phoebe Ochman/Beth Hardy

MPMHC News Bureau

727 / 461-8117 Phone

727 / 468-7586 Pager

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