West Palm VA to hold open house for Women’s Health Week

The event is being hosted for women who served in the military WEST PALM BEACH — In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Women Veterans Open House on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 7305 N. Military Trail, West […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“July 2, 2014 was my day. That was the day I was going to kill myself,” said Leah Suarez. “It’s difficult to stand up and say that,” she told the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at its May 9 meeting. She shared her own story because she wants our community to understand how important mental […]

Hepatitis A is not curable but preventable

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee has now joined the ranks along with several other Florida counties reporting cases of hepatitis A in 2019. Okeechobee has reported two cases this year. Saint Lucie also reported two. Martin has reported 16, and Palm Beach has reported six this year. A community is considered high-risk after five cases have been […]

‘Medicare 101’ presentation is offered free of charge April 10

CLEWISTON — Future and current Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to attend a free presentation about the ins and outs of Medicare on Wednesday, April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Clewiston Public Library. Medicare 101 will be offered by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida and SHINE/SMP (Serving Health Insurance Needs […]

Behavioral Health Fair was a success

OKEECHOBEE — The theme of this month’s “Family Night” with The Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care group was a Children’s Behavioral Health Fair on Tuesday, March 26, sponsored by Publix and Okeechobee the Magazine. There were representatives from mental health agencies, the health department, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and many others to offer […]

Ban on smokable marijuana has been overturned

On Wednesday, March 13, the Florida Legislature overwhelmingly voted to overturn a ban on the use of smokable marijuana. In November 2016, Florida voters had approved a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana. This vote could have been won only by a super-majority, and it was, but the Legislature at that time […]

Last chance to change your Medicare Advantage Plan

Free presentations coming to Clewiston and Moore Haven Federal deadline to change Medicare Advantage plans is March 31 MOORE HAVEN — Is your Medicare Advantage plan meeting your needs? If not, it isn’t too late to change your plan, or even go back to Original Medicare, in 2019. Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is underway through […]

How to know when to visit the emergency room

Hendry Regional Medical Center provides tips for deciding what level of care a medical condition requires CLEWISTON — When the unexpected happens, round-the-clock emergency care at Hendry Regional Medical Center can be a lifesaver. The full-service Emergency Department provides medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although medical care is always available, […]

Support groups offered for mental wellness

“Do you have concerns about your child’s mental wellness?” This is the question asked by The Okeechobee Children’s Mental Health System of Care, and if your answer is yes, the group offers many ways to help. On the second and fourth Mondays each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m., they offer Mental Wellness Support groups for elementary […]

New ambulance services at HRMC

CLEWISTON — Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has finalized a contract with a new interfacility transport contractor. Rapid Response Medical Transport began transporting HRMC patients on Feb. 8, and continues to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week out of HRMC. Rapid Response is providing transport for patients who require a higher level […]