Health dept. changes some fees

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners approved the new fee schedule for County Health Department services at their Thursday meeting. Effective Oct. 1, the full pay fee for some categories of office visits will increase from $100 to $172.55. The sliding scale for these services ranges from $29.33 to $143.22. The fee for influenza vaccine will […]

West Palm Beach VA Medical Center to close clinics due to Hurricane Dorian

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and outlying clinics will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The Vet Centers in Jupiter and Greenacres will also be closed. The rural clinics in Clewiston and Moore Haven will be closed through the remainder of next week. VA staff will be contacting […]

WIC program honored for supporting breastfeeding

HENDRY AND GLADES COUNTIES — The Florida Department of Health Hendry Glades WIC Program is one of this year’s recipients of the Gold Level Loving Support Award of Excellence! The Loving Support Awards of Excellence highlight successful breastfeeding practices that effectively address breastfeeding barriers via education, support and role modeling with the goal of increasing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Physical therapist explains rehabilitation program

CLEWISTON — Although many people think of recovery following a sports-related injury when they hear about physical therapy, a personalized rehabilitation program can help patients with a variety of health conditions get back to their everyday lives. Nimia Reyes, PT, DPT, at Hendry Regional Medical Center, explained that a physical therapy program designed for an […]

‘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 […]

Family survives every parent’s nightmare

Every parent’s worst nightmare came true for Flint and Stephanie on what began as a typical Monday morning when they discovered their 16-month-old daughter Hannah Kate had a rash on the back of her legs. Flint said he wasn’t too worried at first. He was planning to take her to the pediatrician that afternoon, and […]

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 […]