Retired firefighter/paramedic continues to save lives

CLEWISTON — The U.S. government has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, there were approximately 42,000 deaths in the U.S. due to opioid overdose. The U.S. is responsible for use of 95% of opioids in the world, but Americans make up […]

Health and Safety Expo at Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 25

Free health and safety expo Saturday at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center

System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

System of Care provides mental health help

OKEECHOBEE — We wrote our first article in April of 2018 about the Children’s Mental Health – System of Care in Okeechobee County. We’ve come a long way since then! This is just an update to let you know the progress we have made in less than two years. What is a system of care? […]

OCSO introduces Project Lifesaver

Bracelets keep track of those at risk OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is introducing a new program aimed at keeping some of our most vulnerable residents safer. Because his own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before her death, Sheriff Noel E. Stephen said he has always been particularly aware of the struggles […]

The choice of a hospice is yours to make

OKEECHOBEE — Because the state determined there were not enough hospice services being provided in St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties, they opened it up for another hospice to get that region. Nine different hospices applied for the territory, including Chapters, but a for-profit hospice won it. Because Okeechobee is grouped with St. Lucie and […]

Hospice of Okeechobee is second to none

OKEECHOBEE — Hospice of Okeechobee has partnered with Chapters Health in order to provide even better care for hospice patients and to enable them to offer some new benefits to their employees. There are five sister organizations within Chapters Health. Under the Chapters “umbrella,” Good Shepherd in Sebring is now a “sister” to Hospice of […]

Florida has the third highest rate of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2000 and 2017, deaths due to Alzheimer’s rose by 145 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The onset of the disease usually occurs after the age of 60, […]

Lakeside Medical Center celebrates 10th anniversary

BELLE GLADE — Nearly 200 children, parents, grandparents, hospital staff and Glades community leaders attended the 10th anniversary celebration of Lakeside Medical Center on Nov. 9. In addition to music, food and fun activities, participants also received tips about staying healthy from the hospital’s medical staff. Attendees were also given tours of the newly opened […]

’Tis the season for the flu! Protect yourself!

OKEECHOBEE — Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. SERVPRO cleaning pros in the Okeechobee area — experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters — remind home and business owners […]