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Cold shelters open in Pasco on Christmas weekend

Cold shelters open in Pasco on Christmas weekend

Pasco County - A low pressure system will pass though Pasco County overnight Saturday bringing a 30% chance of rain and dropping temperatures into the low 30's Sunday. These conditions will continue Monday.

Since these low temperatures and wind chills are dangerous to anyone who will be outside for a long period of time, ceratin cold weather shelters are opening throughout the county.

Children, the elderly and pets are especially vulnerable to the cold and extra care should be taken to protect them.
The following shelters will be open Sunday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Dec. 27:

Volunteer Way
10008 Moon Lake Road
New Port Richey* No families accepted.
(727) 815-0433

Students get free medical screenings at school

Students get free medical screenings at school

Holiday, FL - Ronald McDonald House Charities, the University of South Florida and the Glazer Family Foundation give students access to free health screenings.

Students at Paul Smith Middle School are able to get free medical checkups and eye exams during regular school hours so parents aren't inconvenienced.

In November, just over 1,000 students received checkups. The buses will be back at the school in January.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile™ (RMCM) is a 40-foot mobile medical and dental office, specifically built and equipped to deliver health services to at-risk children in the communities where they live. As of December 2007, the RMCM operated by USF Pediatrics and RMHC of Tampa Bay was one of only 32 Care Mobiles operational worldwide.

To find out more about the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Hero Central: Dr. Jennifer Cook

Hero Central: Dr. Jennifer Cook

New Port Richey, Florida -- A New Port Richey Orthopedic Surgeon is utililizing her skills to help others who have lost their ability to walk. This University of Michigan graduate help start a program that provides free medical assistance to people who live in poor countries.

Dr. Jennifer Cook is one of five women who founded "Women Orthopedist Global Outreach", an organization that provides medical assistance around the world.

"We actually go to third world countries and we do joint replacement surgeries for free over there," Cook said.

This past September, Cook and a team of surgeons completed their inaugural mission in Kathmandu, Nepal.

"The patients came from all over Nepal to have the surgeries done. They actually recruited the patients before we went there to do the surgeries and some patients travel for as much as three hours to come for us to do the surgeries," the orthopedic surgeon said.

Public Electrophysiology lab tour offered at Hudson Hospital

Public Electrophysiology lab tour offered at Hudson Hospital

Hudson, FL (Regional Medical Center Bayonet) - Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting more than 2.3 million Americans.  The Electrophysiology Team at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will be show you the procedural suite and discuss the newest minimally invasive technologies now available as you tour the Electrophysiology Lab.

This presentation is sponsored by The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and will take place at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Entrance D, 14000 Fivay Road, in Hudson, on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:00-1:30 p.m. and 1:30- 2:00PM.

This event is free to the public. Due to limited spacing, reservations are required, and can be made by calling (727) 869-5498 or 1-888-741-5119.