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  • 28 Jul 2020 7:14 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Last week, Newsweek, in partnership with The Leapfrog Group, named Lakewood Ranch Medical Center a “Best Maternity Hospital” in the U.S. The list includes 231 hospitals across 36 states. According to Newsweek, a panel of national experts advised Leapfrog on standards for excellence in maternity care, including achieving low rates of C-section, episiotomy and early elective deliveries, and following crucial protocols to protect mothers and babies.




  • 28 Jul 2020 7:11 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Magazine took home 29 awards in the 2020 Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards. Winners were announced virtually on Friday, July 24, on Facebook. Sarasota Magazine was the top award winner among all magazines for number of awards, with 12 first-place Charlie Awards, 10 Silver Awards and seven Bronze Awards.

    “We have a talented, dedicated team in our editorial, art, sales, marketing, business and production departments at Sarasota Magazine, and we take pride in producing the finest lifestyle content in print, e-newsletters, social media and on our website,” says Susan Burns, the magazine’s editor in chief. “In particular, we are honored that as we focus on and enhance our digital content, our website was named the best among all consumer publications, with judges saying that Sarasota Magazine has been able to translate the experience of reading a magazine to a digital website ‘beautifully.’


    “Also noteworthy is that we won a Charlie for ‘Best Overall Writing’ and a Charlie for ‘Best Redesign.’ We dominated the design category for our circulation size.”

    Earlier this year, Sarasota Magazine was also named a finalist for General Excellence in the City and Regional Magazine Association’s national competition, a contest judged by professionals from some of the nation’s biggest and best-known magazines. It’s an award we won in 2017 and a proud achievement for a publication in a smaller city.

    “Many thanks to all our employees, our freelancers, our advertisers and our readers for helping to make us the best,” says Burns.



  • 27 Jul 2020 8:39 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL (July 7, 2020) - SouthTech, the premier technology service provider of Sarasota, recently pledged a $2,500 sponsorship of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT). The company, which has been in business for 25 years, is a new supporter of WBTT; both organizations look forward to continuing the partnership into the future.

    SouthTech, which will be listed as a “Director” sponsor in the troupe’s 2020-2021 program book, recognizes the importance of supporting local cultural organizations. The company sponsors many local institutions aligned with the arts and WBTT is a welcome addition to that group. Sarasota is particularly blessed with a wide variety of diverse cultural institutions, from museums and aquariums to performing arts centers.

    “As important as it is to support local businesses, it’s just as important to support your local nonprofits,” said Henry Decoo, Business Development & Marketing Manager at SouthTech. “Especially organizations with unique offerings that enrich our community, as Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe does. We are pleased to sponsor WBTT’s 2020-2021 season.”

    A not-for-profit organization committed to producing professional theatre that celebrates the African American experience, WBTT – which was founded in 1999 – recently renovated its theatre building on Orange Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Running from October 7, 2020 through June 6, 2021, WBTT’s regular season shows are “The Soul Crooners,” “Ruby,” “Pipeline” and “Smokey Joe’s Café.” The holiday show is “Black Nativity.” Go to westcoastblacktheatre.org for more information.


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

    The Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant, 525 51st Ave. E., Ellenton, is the first restaurant in the state to achieve the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Seal of Commitment.

    The award is for demonstrating dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “That’s fantastic. It shows that people are concerned and that’s something we all need to be doing,” said John Horne, owner of AMOB.

    In June, an employee at the same restaurant tested positive for COVID-19. That worker recovered at home. Horne elected to keep the restaurant open, intensify cleaning and sanitation practices, and require customers to wear masks, rather than shutting down the operation.

    “We wanted to be the first restaurant to receive the FRLA Seal of Commitment as we feel it is so important to not only talk the talk but walk the walk in keeping our restaurants safe and secure for our guests and our staff during these crazy times,” Horne said. “Having the FRLA’s Seal behind us lets our guests know loud and clear that we are committed to everyone’s healthy return to our – and all – restaurants in Florida.”


  • 24 Jul 2020 8:43 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    All Faiths Food Bank recently received a $51,747 donation from the Achieva Credit Union in support of COVID-19 response efforts. To help support food banks in the communities it serves throughout west-central Florida during the pandemic, Achieva engaged its members and non-members and the Achieva Foundation in a 30-day donation drive. 


  • 23 Jul 2020 5:03 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – According to the 2018 Eighth Broadband Progress Report of the Federation Communications Commission (FCC), while broadband is essential to innovation, jobs and global competitiveness, approximately 19 million Americans lack access to high-speed internet. Having appropriate technology and internet access is vital for obtaining information and job-seeking; in our own community, many low-income adults and students are at a disadvantage because they lack the tools or sufficient access to the internet.

    Goodwill Manasota and the Women’s Resource Center have come together to meet this high-priority need. They have launched a pilot program to explore how the collaboration could bridge the digital divide in our region by providing devices, internet service, technology support and digital skills training to low-income women in the region.

    “Internet access is necessary for online learning, searching and applying for jobs, registering for unemployment compensation and other government benefit programs, finding health insurance information or securing telehealth services, ordering food and supplies online, and so much more,” said WRC president & CEO Ashley Brown. “The digital divide is particularly relevant at a time when in-person interactions among people are limited and virtual interactions are vital.”

    During the pilot stage, up to 10 low-income women referred by and already receiving services from the partner organizations will be connected with this program. The clients will create individualized development plans with a Goodwill GoodPartner Coach and WRC Mentor (or Career Coach), who will work as a team to support the clients throughout the training process.  Women’s Resource Center will provide the digital device, local nonprofit Sarasota Technologies User Group (STUG) is donating 10 Microsoft Office licenses, and a Goodwill computer instructor will develop a customized computer training plan that the participants will complete on their new devices.

    After participants have successfully completed their training, they will have earned the new device and get to take it home. Instructors will confirm that participants have high-speed internet or assist in securing low cost service through Everyone On or another resource.

    What takes this partnership to the next level is the ongoing technical support. The participants will be entitled to Goodwill tech support for six months after receiving their device, ensuring that they are able to access important resources, training opportunities, and more online. Additionally, all graduates will be encouraged to take advantage of other programs at Goodwill and WRC. Both organizations share a goal to equip clients with the tools and skills they need to earn a living wage.

    “Goodwill and the Women’s Resource Center are excited for this opportunity to build off of our respective strengths and combine our collective voices to shine a light on a critical need in our community,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “Our goal in this effort is to ensure that all individuals have affordable, reliable, high-speed internet and the devices and skills to effectively navigate the digital world.”

    For more about Goodwill Manasota, go to www.experiencegoodwill.org. For more about the Women’s Resource Center, go to www.mywrc.org.


  • 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.

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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