Make healthy choices: If she can do it, so can you

OKEECHOBEE — Often we feel as if we are so badly out of shape that there is no hope for us, and we might as well not even try, but Denise Sikorski tells her real life “couch to 5K story,” and it is enough to make just about anyone think, “If she can do it, […]

Hospital earns Unit of Distinction Award

OKEECHOBEE — Raulerson Hospital’s Critical Care (ICU) has been named an honoree in HCA Healthcare’s Unit of Distinction Awards. The Unit of Distinction designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of advocacy and leadership, consistency in nursing practice and operations, and leveraging scale to drive performance. Nursing units are evaluated and […]

Hospital earns CNOR Strong status

OKEECHOBEE — Raulerson Hospital’s surgical services department has earned the CNOR Strong status from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), the leader in perioperative certification. Hospitals and surgical centers can achieve the CNOR Strong status when more than half of the perioperative (or surgical) nursing staff have earned their individual CNOR certification. In fact, at […]

Review your child’s immunization records

CLEWISTON — School will be starting soon! Please take time to review your child’s health records, including their vaccination records so your child will be ready for school. “Vaccinations are a valuable public health resource; they are cost-effective and can help stop the spread of preventable diseases throughout the community,” said Joe Pepe, health officer […]

Health clinic has new location

LABELLE — Clinical Services at the Hendry County Health Department LaBelle site closed July 30 and will also be closed Wednesday, July 31, due to relocation back to Pratt Blvd., LaBelle. Clinical Services will reopen Thursday, Aug. 1, at 8 a.m. Clients may call the LaBelle Office at 863-674-4041 for any questions or to schedule […]

Lakeport area residents warned of aggressive bees

LAKEPORT — The Glades County Emergency Management Office has issued a warning for the Lakeport area about aggressive bees. “A very aggressive beehive was eradicated on Harper Lane in Lakeport. This makes the second hive to be eradicated in the Lakeport area. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not disturb the hive,” states […]

Swimming lessons save lives in Sunshine State

Florida leads nation in the annual number of child drownings Florida had 21 drowning fatalities involving children from Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2018, according to data gathered by the USA Swimming Foundation. The state is tied with Texas for the most drowning deaths in the nation. That number is down from 2017, when […]

Early Response Team training to be held Aug. 10

LABELLE — Early Response Team (ERT) Training will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8:30 to 5 p.m. at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell St., in LaBelle. Early Response Teams are specially trained, self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials, the local church […]

Summer months bring more recreational injuries

OKEECHOBEE — With school out and warmer weather not only in Florida but all across the United States, recreational activities like surfing, riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV), biking and more see an uptick in popularity throughout June and July. But that increase in activity leads to more injuries and hospital visits as well. According to data […]

Hendry and Glades Counties Health Departments recognize HIV Testing Day

HENDRY & GLADES COUNTIES — June 27, commemorates National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). First observed in 1995, NHTD is meant to encourage people to be aware of their HIV status so that they can take control of their health. This year’s theme, “Doing It My Way,” highlights how and why people make testing a part […]