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  • 22 Jul 2020 12:56 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Service Corporation International, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services, and its brand, Dignity Memorial®, today announced the development of Robert Toale & Sons Lakewood Ranch to better serve the communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Lakewood Ranch is an extension of existing Robert Toale & Sons facilities – Palms Memorial Park, Manasota Memorial Park and Wiegand Chapel. The land was purchased for the new Robert Toale & Sons Lakewood Ranch facility and is located near the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and 44th Ave. The new development will feature a state-of-the-art multipurpose event center. The facility will provide the latest technology, including live stream and interactive visitation, and life story vignettes to create meaningful, dignified and personal Celebration of Life events. Its flexible, open design will also serve as the ideal venue for a variety of events such as celebrations of life, ca tered receptions and community gatherings. “As the largest funeral, cremation and personalized service provider in Manatee and Sarasota counties, we look forward to building a new modern and contemporary funeral home facility to better serve the community,” said Vice President of Operations Jason Toale. While more than 50 percent of Floridians now prefer a celebration versus a traditional service, Dignity Memorial providers are leaders in delivering life stories in an unique and memorable way. Robert Toale & Sons is not affiliated with Toale Brothers Funeral Homes or Toale Brothers, Inc. 


  • 17 Jul 2020 8:46 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of the Tidewell Hospice Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center to care for additional children and families in our region. A recent grant of $100,000 from the New York Life Foundation will help support the pilot program housed in Charlotte County. The program will open in August 2020.

    Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly is the only evidence-based program in our region that helps grieving children, teens and caregivers through professional counseling, peer-support groups and therapeutic activities. Since its inception in April 2018, Blue Butterfly has served more than 200 families and is continuing its services virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “After my brother died, I didn’t know what to do,” said Sarah, a 17-year-old Blue Butterfly participant. “I felt so lost. I didn’t know how to live without him. How do you lose a twin? It’s a lot, so coming to Blue Butterfly really helped me cope with that and has been a really important part of my healing process.”

    Blue Butterfly peer-support groups are facilitated by grief specialists and trained volunteers who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support children and families in grief. The free grief sessions bring children together who are experiencing the various emotions that accompany grief, allowing them to process these feelings without judgment while sharing stories that facilitate comfort and connectedness with others.

    “It’s really important that they know they aren’t alone and there are other kids that have to deal with all of those emotions — on top of just losing someone,” said Nicole, a Blue Butterfly parent participant. “Kids have questions and this is a great place for them to come to join together and have a better life.” 


  • 16 Jul 2020 5:41 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL, July 16, 2020 – Blake Medical Center is proud to announce the 2020 Doctor of the Year, orthopedic surgeon, Alan Valadie, MD. Nominations for the award were accepted during the first two weeks in March, with a delay in the reveal of this year’s winner due to the pandemic. Nominations for the hospital’s Doctor of the Year were received from patients and caregivers, including fellow physicians.

    Nomination comments for Dr. Valadie included: “He is kind, caring, and genuinely interested in your health issues.", “Brilliant, and caring surgeon.”, and “He has brought innovative and cutting edge joint replacement surgery to our community.”

    Dr. Alan Valadie joined the medical staff at Blake Medical Center in 1996. His leadership, dedication, and intense focus on quality, safety, and optimal patient outcomes have significantly shaped the hospital’s award-winning orthopedic program and enhanced procedures throughout the hospital. From 2010 – 2016, Dr. Valadie served on Blake Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee, he has served as the Medical Director for the hospital’s Joint Replacement and Spine Institute for the last 12 years, and in 2017 he joined Blake’s Board of Trustees and is still an active board member.  

    “Dr. Valadie’s contributions to our hospital over the last 24 years are invaluable,” says Randy Currin, President/CEO of Blake Medical Center. “His leadership, dedication, and intense focus on quality, safety, and optimal patient outcomes have significantly shaped our award-winning orthopedic program and enhanced procedures throughout the hospital.”

    Finalists for 2020 Doctor of the Year are:

    • Margita Beard, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • Philip Blaustein, MD, Radiology 
    • Alessandro Golino, MD, Cardiac-Thoracic Surgery
    • Scott Howell, DO, Internal Medicine 
    • Michael King, MD, Neurosurgery
    • Raj Malik, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Aruna Narasimman, MD, Internal Medicine
    • Guruswamy Ramamurthy, MD, Nephrology
    • John Roddenberry, MD, Gastroenterology
    • Daniel Wagoner, DO, Emergency Medicine

     

    Doctor of the Year has been a Blake Medical Center tradition since 1983. Over the past 37 years, Dr. Alan Valadie is the only physician to ever receive this notable recognition twice.


  • 08 Jul 2020 1:49 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, Fla. (July 8, 2020) — Timothy S. Novak, D.B.A., dean of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Health Services Administration, announced today the appointment of Lisa M. Tavallali, Ph.D., M.B.A., as the director of the LECOM Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program. Tavallali has 25 years of healthcare industry experience facilitating community wellness, optimizing operational performance for patient-centered clinical care and administrative support activities in both acute and subacute care settings. Her areas of research include Medicaid expansion in a safety net county healthcare system, accountable care organizations, the uninsured in America, healthcare economics of urban policy-analysis of geographic regions in the U.S., and information technology infrastructure in the paperless hospital. LECOM’s M.P.H. program curriculum focuses on the complex problem solving of domestic public health issues facing the U.S. today, including mitigation of pandemics, access to quality healthcare, disease containment strategies in a global society, and next-generation data sharing and information systems. Course work is delivered through a robust web-based education platform by an expert team of faculty with deep public health expertise. The fully accredited 45 credit-hour master’s degree program is completed one course at a time with student access available around the clock. The 24-month degree is specifically designed for busy working professionals who wish to continue their careers full time while completing their formal education. The M.P.H. degree is one of three master’s degree programs and one doctoral program offered through the LECOM School of Health Services Administration. Other programs include Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics, Masters in Health Services Administration and Doctor of Healthcare Administration.

  • 06 Jul 2020 9:23 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    As the coronavirus pandemic lingers, area nonprofit organization Goodwill Manasota (GIM) has 55,000 masks available for distribution throughout the community, in order to continue to help protect the health of shoppers and team members. All who are in need can receive a mask at any GIM retail store or select mission program location, including its Veterans Services Program office and Job Connection offices at its corporate campus and Selby/Newtown locations.

    Goodwill Manasota received 32,000 masks from the Manatee County Health Department, 22,500 from the Sarasota County Health Department, and 500 from the DeSoto County Health Department.

    GIM has been providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to its team members at all donation sites as well as in retail stores since reopening on May 4, when the statewide stay-at-home order ended, and will now be able to give away the masks for as long as supplies last. Goodwill developed and is adhering to a rigorous COVID-19 Response Plan that addresses social distancing and awareness, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, team member health protocols, and safe operating policies. 


    The organization operates 16 retail stores, including two Bargain Barns and two bookstores as well as several dedicated mission program offices in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. For more information or for a list of locations, visit experiencegoodwill.org.


  • 06 Jul 2020 9:22 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lucio Gordan, MD, President and Managing Physician of Florida Cancer Specialists Research & Institute (FCS), will lead an educational session at the Community Oncology Advocacy Summit, a national virtual meeting presented by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). Scheduled for July 15, 2020, the one-day virtual conference will focus on patient advocacy and the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care.

    Dr. Gordan’s session will review current data and provide insight into the operational and economic issues relating to cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic; it will also include a discussion of the challenges in patient care and some projections for the future, as diagnostic procedures and surgeries resume.

     “Information technology plays a significant role in cancer treatment today,” said Gordan. “Through cancer informatics, local and national surveys, and predictive analytics, we can collect and analyze data from practices and patients who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. These data provide insights that will help guide providers in developing protocols and tackling some of the crucial questions related to access to care and clinical matters. With rapid response to collected data, we can meet patient needs, as well as support practice operations in the future as this pandemic evolves.” 

    Click here to register.


  • 06 Jul 2020 9:21 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is in search of future leaders of brain health to work with its scientists. Beginning this month and continuing through this fall, Brain Health Scholars will have the opportunity to work remotely with the BHI scientists and clinicians to promote and protect brain health, fight brain illness, and improve brain performance for all ages throughout the Suncoast region.

    Representatives from collaborating school districts, independent schools, and youth organizations may submit nominations for Brain Health Scholars. Nominees should be youth leaders over the age of 15 who have an interest in science, medicine, and/or health and well-being. It is anticipated that the Brain Health Scholars will invest about 20 hours throughout the summer and fall and because they are working remotely, they must have reliable access to the internet.

    “Brain Health Scholars will play an an important role in the research agenda associated with the BHI Community Brain Health Prioritization Survey in Sarasota and Bradenton,” said BHI Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Peabody. “We want to better understand the brain health and well-being concerns, values, priorities and attitudes of both youth and adults from the Suncoast region. This will be accomplished through a survey of issues related to brain health risk and protective factors as well as COVID-19 experience related to brain health and overall wellbeing in each community that leaders and citizens find to be important.” 

    Click here for nominations.


  • 03 Jul 2020 8:07 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Fishman & Associates is working with Sandvick Architects, Inc. based in Cleveland and IN Development Partners based in San Francisco to design the food and beverage service areas for the Palmetto Sheraton Hotel adjacent to the Bradenton Area Convention Center. The 8-story 252-room hotel will feature a full service restaurant, banquet kitchen, rooftop bar and kitchen, lobby bar, coffee bar, and outdoor tiki bar for the resort-style pool. The new hotel is expected to open in late 2021. 

  • 02 Jul 2020 4:23 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The McCune Family Foundation has awarded Children First a $50,000 grant to provide scholarships for Sarasota County’s most economically vulnerable children. This grant will aid the agency in continuing to provide access to comprehensive care and education. Since 2017, the McCune Family Foundation has granted $180,000 to Children First through support of the agency’s Raise Your Hand Campaign and comprehensive services for children and families.

     

    As the exclusive provider for Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First provides year-round early childhood education for more than 900 children and their families.

     

    “The McCune Family Foundation understands the importance of providing families with opportunity through early childhood education. We are thankful for their continued, uplifting support and partnership as we provide the highest quality of care and services to our children and families living at-risk,” says CEO Philip Tavill.


  • 02 Jul 2020 9:45 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County received the 2020 Major Gifts Program Award during the 3rd Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Resource Development Awards for Excellence in Fundraising virtual celebration on May 27.

    “This award honors one outstanding Major Gifts Program from 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation that has led to serving more kids with greater impact,” said Amy Sexton, Senior Director of Resource Development Club Consulting at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s advancement philosophy involves every single team member of the organization from the Board of Directors to the youth development professionals, and has resulted in thousands of children and teens having life-changing opportunities to achieve their full potential.”

    “With unwavering support from the community, our organization has become one of the top-performing Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “While 2020 marks our 50th year as a leader in youth development, we are positioned to make an even greater impact on families across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties for years to come. This award is a wonderful indication of our area’s culture of philanthropy, and we would not be able to serve those who need us most without such a loving, caring community.” 


Recent Member News





Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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