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  The Polk County Times

Working on Polk County’s health
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
Last month, Polk County won three state recognitions in the health category as the Department of Health gave out 37 Healthy Weight Community Champions awards. The award recognizes policies that … read more.
Meet quinoa: Nutritious and delicious
Wed  Apr 2 2014 08:00AM
Most likely, you have heard about quinoa, but perhaps never tried cooking it. In this column you’ll get all the help you need, and when you cook your own quinoa … read more.
Unsung hero rises again
Wed  Mar 26 2014 08:00AM
As an airborne sergeant for the Army during the 1980s, Jose Lopez-Rivera’s responsibilities were to train young recruits how to safely repel out of a helicopter. Training involves a rigorous … read more.
Nutritious sandwiches: A good solution
Wed  Mar 19 2014 08:00AM
A sandwich need not require you to open your mouth like a giant hippo and bite into a foot-high stack of cholesterol, stuffed into a whimpering, made-from-white-flour bun, grease running … read more.
Former Health Department director gets Health Hero award
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County recognized Dr. William F. Hill Jr., former health department director, as a Public Health Hero at a luncheon on Thursday, March 6. … read more.
Watson Clinic achieves status as patient centered medical home
Wed  Mar 19 2014 08:00AM
Watson Clinic recently received the highest level of recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit organization devoted to improving health … read more.
Cornerstone Hospice announces leadership changes
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has announced the following leadership changes within the organization. Rhonda White was named Chief Operations Officer: Previously Cornerstone Hospice’s Vice President and Compliance Officer, White … read more.
WellMed holds open house, ribbon-cutting
Wed  Mar 5 2014 08:00AM
During this past year, beginning late summer, the 1950 era building that now houses WellMed, 2020 Flamingo Drive, underwent a massive renovation project that reconfigured the interior structure that made … read more.
Pool exercise: Safe place to begin healing
Wed  Feb 26 2014 08:00AM
When injured it’s difficult to find exercise and activity that gets us back on our feet. However, exercising in water puts us in a near zero gravity environment. Aquatic therapy … read more.
Eggs in moderation are nutritious and delicious
Wed  Feb 12 2014 08:00AM
By now, it is widely known that the Big Cholesterol Scare of the 1980s was largely unjustified. Even the American Heart Association has revised its egg consumption guidelines to allow … read more.
Good Shepherd Hospice recruiting volunteers in Bartow
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Do you have two-to-four hours to spare each week? Looking for a volunteering opportunity in a safe, comfortable and pleasant environment? Want to make a difference in your community? Then … read more.
Good Shepherd Hospice hires medical director
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
Good Shepherd Hospice has announced that Kendra Hall has joined the nonprofit organization as medical director. Dr. Hall joined Good Shepherd Hospice on Feb. 24 and will split her time … read more.
Goff picked top employee at medical center
Mon  Apr 7 2014 09:49AM
Melton Goff, an employee in the Engineering department, has been named Employee of the Month for February at Lake Wales Medical Center. Goff has worked at LWMC since January 1989. … read more.
Polk communities recognized as healthy weight community champions
Wed  Mar 26 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Department of Health has recognized the City of Lakeland, the City of Winter Haven, and Polk County as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Between November 2013 and February 2014, … read more.
Cornerstone Hospice volunteer sews memories into unique mementos
Wed  Mar 19 2014 08:00AM
Carol Jones of Imperial Lakes is multitalented. A retired nurse, Jones is also a longtime crafter and is generous with her creativity. Jones, who has been a Cornerstone Hospice and … read more.
There’s still time to sign up for health coverage
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
The deadline is fast approaching, but if you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty. The Affordable Care … read more.
‘Navigating Life’s Final Journey’ workshop set
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
St. Mark United Methodist Church invites Good Shepherd Hospice to explain the importance of planning for the end of life Thirty-five years ago, Yvonne McShay’s mother was dying from cancer. … read more.
Howard takes over as CEO at medical center
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
Andrew Howard, MSHA, was named chief executive officer of Lake Wales Medical Center. The hospital’s assistant CEO since April 2013, Howard has served as Interim CEO since November. “Andrew is a … read more.
Annual community family health fair coming March 15
Wed  Mar 5 2014 08:00AM
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center’s annual community family health fair is set to go from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 15 on the hospital’s first floor. Heart of Florida is … read more.
Cornerstone Hospice enlists Henderson to lead regional development efforts
Wed  Feb 26 2014 08:00AM
To say Wendy Henderson is a multi-tasker is an understatement. The recently transplanted Lakeland resident’s resume lists a wide variety of roles including property appraiser, marketing director, fundraiser, and event … read more.