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Updated: 09/27/2012 08:01:26AM

CPR class offered Thursday

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Lorenzo Domenech, center, is congratulated by LWMC Assisant CEO Eric Lachance, left, and Hospitality Director Brian Stone.

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Lake Wales Medical Center will has a community CPR class on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m.-noon in the LWMC Hunt Building 2nd floor classroom.

Teacher for the course is Education Director April Guindon and it costs is $40 for initial certification, $20 for renewal.

The course is American Heart Association certified. Prior to class day, participants need to come to Guindon’s office to fill out a registration form, check out a course book, and pay for the course. To register, call 863-678-2716 and leave a message.

These classes are held quarterly. The last class of 2012 is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Mommy and baby expo planned

Watson Clinic’s obstetrics & gynecology department has “We’re Expecting” Mommy & Baby Expo which is a special event tailored for expectant parents, those who are planning pregnancy, or have just welcomed a newborn.

The event – which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland – will feature physician presentations on topics relevant to parents and parents-to-be, breastfeeding tips from a certified nurse lactation consultant, skin care recommendations, free chair massages, demonstrations of proper car seat applications, and a boot camp designed specifically for new and expectant fathers.

Various children’s activities will be offered, as well as a display of the latest trends in maternity fashions. Food and refreshments will be available for the entire family, and door prizes will also be given away throughout the event.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their friends, family members, or others who could benefit from the information offered at the event. Both Watson Clinic and non-Clinic patients are invited to attend.

The Expo also serves as an advanced preview of the many exciting new developments in Watson Clinic’s OB-GYN department, including the first ever ‘maternity concierge’ in Polk County, a series of valuable education classes, and an upcoming move for OB-GYN physicians located in Watson Clinic’s Main location to brand new facilities on the renovated 3rd floor of the Bella Vista Building in Lakeland.

For information call 863-393-9475.

Clinic hosts first-time Medicare enrollees

The Watson Clinic Foundation is planning an event designed to answer common questions regarding Medicare coverage on Oct. 3-4.

The seminar, coordinated in partnership with the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging Inc., is of particular benefit to first-time enrollees living or working throughout the community. Counselors from Serving Health Insurance Needs for Elders (SHINE) will address a number of topics including the purpose of Medicare, the process for enrollment, and eligibility requirements.

The free seminars are scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.3 and 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Both are in the library of Watson Clinic, 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland.

Light refreshments will be served, and the doors for each event will open 30 minutes prior to start time. To reserve space at this important event, call 863-802-6220.

Demenech named LWMC employee of the month

Lorenzo Domenech, ES Tech II in Environmental Services, has been chosen as Employee of the Month for August at Lake Wales Medical Center.

Domenech has been with Lake Wales Medical Center since October 2005.

In nominating him for the award, a colleague wrote, “Lorenzo has done an outstanding job on the floors. He has really gone above and beyond in making sure his areas are clean and look good. He was relentless during the 3rd floor PCU project, working long hours to help ensure that we finished the project well ahead of schedule. Lorenzo is a great asset to Lake Wales Medical Center.”

Wiggs joins Bartow Regional Medical Center

Kimber Lauren Wiggs, of Lakeland, has joined the marketing team at Bartow Regional Medical Center as a Public Relations intern.

Kimber comes to the hospital after earning a master’s degree in Literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She graduated with a bachelor’s in English from Washington and Lee University in 2010, and in 2006, she graduated from International Baccalaureate at Bartow High School. Kimber is the daughter of Howard and Linda Wiggs.

Fifth annual breast cancer walked set

Lake Wales Medical Center’s Healthy Woman program is holding its fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Lake Wales.

The walk will begin and end at Kiwanis Park on Lakeshore Boulevard. Walkers will use the path around the lake, and can walk to the end of the path and back, or may choose to walk a shorter distance.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the pavilions at Kiwanis Park, and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Door prizes and recognition of survivors will be held at
9:30 a.m. Participants also are encouraged to decorate bras in the theme of their choice and wear them over their shirts on the walk. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated bras!

The hospital’s mammography department will be there with information about screening and diagnostic mammograms, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast MRI. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women.

There is no charge to participate. Sign up by Sunday, Oct. 7 will guarantee a T-shirt at check-in. Late registrants will receive a T-shirt, if available, on a first-come, first served basis at check-in the day of the walk.

To register, visit and click on Healthy Woman, or call 863-678-2288.

Strides Against Breast Cancer coming

The American Cancer Society plans its 10th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 20 at Mosaic Park in Bartow.

This walk used to be held in Lakeland is moving to Bartow this year. It is Polk County’s breast cancer walk which supports local patient assistance, education, free local patient cancer gift items, research, and outreach.

Visit to sign up a team or sign up as a survivor, to attend the event’s Survivor Reception.

Proceeds from the event go toward breast cancer initiatives, education in the community, breast cancer patient assistance, and research for breast cancer.

For details call Janice Perkins at 863-688-2326, ext. 5502, or email

Mall Walkers party Oct. 4

The Mall Walkers program, sponsored by Lake Wales Medical Center and Eagle Ridge Mall, has its next prize party 9 a.m.-
10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Food Court area of the mall.

During the prize party, Mall Walkers participants are asked to turn in their mileage tracking cards. Mall Walkers tracks each walker’s mileage, and they earn prizes for reaching mileage milestones. Mall Walkers also is tracking total miles walked by the group this year, and logging their virtual journey to various destinations around the U.S. on a wall map that is displayed in the mall’s Food Court.

The Mall Walkers program enables people to walk inside the mall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays. Participants are encouraged to use their tracking cards to log their mileage each time they walk in the mall to earn prizes, including walking towels, water bottles, movie tickets, and gift cards. Mileage logged and turned in must be walked inside the mall to be eligible for prizes through Mall Walkers.

For information 863-678-2288.

Lab awarded gold seal accreditation

Lake Wales Medical Center’s laboratory has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories.

The accreditation award recognizes LWMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards.

LWMC underwent an unannounced on-site survey in June where a team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations.

Gibbs joins Bartow’s hospital as director of radiology

Bartow Regional Medical Center hired Diane Gibbs as the new Director of Radiology.

Gibbs comes to BRMC after serving as director of radiology and PACS administrator for 10 years at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg, NC.

Prior to her work at Franklin Regional, she spent seven years as the director of radiology at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian.

In these positions, Diane considers providing a remarkable patient experience to be her first priority.

Gibbs received her MBA in Health Care Management from Century University in Albuquerque, NM and her bachelor’s in Professional Studies from Barry University in Miami Shores.

She is also a Certified Radiologic Technologist, a Certified Mammography Technologist, and a Certified Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist.

Bartow names COO

Bartow Regional Medical Center hired Joe Piszczor as its Chief Operations Officer.

Piszczor comes to BRMC from Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, Texas, where he served as assistant CEO since 2008.

During his tenure at PRMC, Piszczor was committed to both patient and physician well-being, which included leading a team to achieve record high scores on inpatient satisfaction surveys.

Piszczor earned his Master of Health Administration from Texas A&M University in 2005 and his Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois in 2003.

Since 2005, he has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and achieved FACHE status in that organization in 2011.

Scholarship grants awarded

A total of $15,300 in health care scholarship grants were awarded by the Lake Wales Medical Center Auxiliary during July and August.

The scholarships were awarded to 14 qualified applicants based on interviews conducted at the Medical Center by a committee comprised of members of the center’s Volunteer Services.

Barbara Waldrop, chairman of the Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee, said recipients will be pursuing educational opportunities leading to careers in health care fields ranging from Registered Nurse and anesthesiologist nurse to breast cancer patient navigator.

The scholarship fund is maintained through money earned at the Auxiliary’s non-profit volunteer-operated gift shop located in the center’s main lobby.

Martha Carter, Auxiliary president, said scholarships are available to those seeking careers in health care and residing in and around the Lake Wales area. Qualifications that must be met by applicants are described in the application forms available at the gift shop.

The address is 410 S. 11th St. in Lake Wales.

First month’s club

The Regency Center for Women & Infants offers a group meeting for new parents that meets Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. The First Month’s Club is for parents of babies, newborn to 2 years and they include informal sharing as well as information of concern on topics such as sleeping, feeding, safety, and growth & development. Babies are welcome. There is no charge and no pre-registration required.

Call 863-294-7020 to register.

Get the happy baby

The Happiest Baby class for new parents will be Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at The Regency Center for Women & Infants, 101 Avenue O S.E. Winter Haven.

Registration for this program, sponsored by W.H.H. Regency Center for Women & Infants, is now available.

The Happiest Baby classes teach new parents a step-by-step approach to help all infants sleep longer and soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes … or less. It costs $20, which includes a Parent Kit with DVD.

To register, call 863-294-7020.

Baby seat education

Free car seat inspections are offered by appointment at the Regency Center for Women & Infants at 101 Avenue O, S.E. in Winter Haven.

Inspections can be scheduled by calling the Regency Library at 294-7020.

Classes for brothers and sisters

The Big Brother/Big Sister Classes are held at the Regency for children of moms delivering at RMC.

Topics include what new babies are like, what it means to be a big sister or brother, and how to be a helper at home.

A tour of the nursery is included.

There is no charge for this class but pre-registration is required.

The class is Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and should last for just more than an hour.

For information and to pre-register, call 863-294-7020.