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NEMOURS BRIGHTSTART! AND SMART HORIZONS COLLABORATE TO PROVIDE ONLINE TRAINING PDF Print E-mail

Nemours BrightStart! and Smart Horizons bring online training to early childhood educators to identify and instruct young children at risk of reading failure

 

Nemours BrightStart! has deepened its partnership with Smart Horizons, a Pensacola-based company, to further promote specialized online training to early childcare educators across the nation.

 

Nemours BrightStart! brings its combination of child health expertise and online training proficiency to offer Nemours BrightStart! The Complete Program for Early Literacy Success (Level One) — a specialized program featuring unique curriculum and other professional development tools that support the early identification and instruction of young children at risk of reading failure. This partnership supports Smart Horizons’ specific courses in Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credentialing and renewal trainings along with Continuing Education Units (CEU) or in-service training hours.

 

“In virtually every community across the United States, one-third or more of our children are struggling with reading,” states Laura Bailet, PhD, Executive Director of Nemours BrightStart!. “Our unique partnership with Smart Horizons will enable us to respond to this crucial need by bringing our curriculum along with other professional development tools to educators across the nation.”

 

According to Doug Peterson, Director, Smart Horizons, “As a leading online training provider, Smart Horizons is excited about the added dimension the Nemours BrightStart! curriculum brings to our School Training Solutions Division. Together, we can reach thousands of early childhood educators and help them prepare even more children for reading success.”

 

Visit www.smarthorizons.org/landing/nembs for more information.



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MIMA DERMATOLOGY INDIALANTIC OFFICE EXPERIENCES EXPLOSIVE GROWTH PDF Print E-mail

Since opening its second location at Seaside Centre in Indialantic at 1220 Highway AIA last year, MIMA Dermatology has seen consistent growth in the number of patients seeking medical and cosmetic dermatology services. Jennifer Davis, Physician Assistant with MIMA Dermatology under the supervision of Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Anita Saluja, will move her practice from MIMA’s Viera location to the Seaside Centre location to expand patient services.

 

“The demand for dermatological services continues to expand in Brevard as skin cancer continues to rise, particularly with residents in beachside communities,” says Dr. Anita Saluja. “Residents of coastal communities are also proactive about treating their skin with modern anti-aging therapies and with Jennifer Davis’ move to Indialantic, we can better meet demand.”

 

Jennifer Davis, a graduate of the Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Florida, has worked with MIMA Dermatology since 2009. “Jennifer is very knowledgeable and is well-known for her friendly disposition. She is a great asset to my practice and patient care,” says Dr. Saluja. Davis will see patients for medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology services.

 

“I am excited to be a part of Dr. Saluja's team at the Indialantic office,” says Jennifer Davis. “Living beachside myself, I understand the importance of a good skin care. I strive for 100% patient satisfaction. I look forward to seeing our existing and new patients and helping them with their dermatologic needs.”

 

2011 has been a strong year for MIMA Dermatology. Dr. Anita Saluja celebrated her tenth anniversary with MIMA November 1. Allergan named her dermatology practice one of the Top 2% of BOTOX/Juvederm practices in the country, she is a Gold Level Sculptra Aesthetic Partner for being the top injector in Brevard, and holds a Strategic Partner designation from Skinmedica. Dr. Saluja is also Brevard’s Exclusive C02 Fraxel Laser provider.

 

For more information about IPL technology or other medical or cosmetic dermatology services, call Dr. Anita Saluja at MIMA Dermatology at 757-5141 or visit www.mimadermatology.com.


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22ND ANNUAL LONG TERM CARE SYMPOSIUM PDF Print E-mail

The 22nd Annual Long Term Care Symposium was held in conjunction with the Brevard County Medical Directors Association (BCMDA), at the Rialto Hilton in Melbourne, Florida on Wednesday evening, November 30, 2011.  Dr. John H. Potomski, Jr., D.O., CMD, who started this event, is President of BCMDA, and has been a medical provider for residents in Brevard County’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Centers as well as Assisted Living Facilities, for over 28 years. The purpose of this event, which is no cost to attendees, has been to offer an educational dinner meeting for the facility staff, as he has always felt that educating staff would improve patient/resident care. This symposium has grown over the years in number of attendees from 80 to over 480 and the quality of the program has always exceeded the expectations of those in attendance.  

 

This year’s event was supported by, Mobilex USA with speaker Norman Silverman, MD from Rely Radiology Group, who presented: Bedside Imaging Examinations: Indications and Results.  Robyn Bjork,MPT, WCC, CLT, presented:  Differential Diagnosis of Lymphedema and Treatment Options and was supported by Grand Villa Senior Living and Senior Home Care.  Dr. Kevin O’Neil presented Cross Train your Brain.  

Several pharmaceutical firms, health care diagnostic and product companies, hospice and home health organizations, as well as some of Brevard County’s LTC facilities, pharmacies and hospitals also supported the symposium as exhibitors. The symposium was organized by Jo Ann Fisher, MSN, FNP-BC, Executive Director of BCMDA, with support from the staff of Osler Geriatrics and Brevard Geriatric Assessment Services, who managed the registration process and supplied the CEU credit. ather Robert Bruckart, M.Div., Ph.D, Director of Health First Pastoral Care gave the invocation.

 

Attendees were healthcare professionals, affiliated with Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities in Brevard County. They included medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nursing directors, administrators, pharmacy consultants, hospice and home health care representatives and facility department heads.

 

John Potomski, Jr., D.O., CMD, is the Medical Director of Osler Geriatrics, now part of Osler HMA Group, has always been an advocate for the most vulnerable elders in Brevard County. He has advocated at the state and local legislative levels, is the Chairman of the Brevard County Commission on Aging and has been a member of all medical organizations involved in issues concerning elders, both at the state and national level. 

                                   


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CAREGIVER EDUCATION FREE FOR BREVARD RESIDENTS PDF Print E-mail

Hospice of St. Francis will be offering a session of the Caregiver Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers and their family and/or friend helpers.  The training program consists of six-90 minute classes.  All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers, themselves, identified.  Each class focuses on different issues caregivers face.  Hospice of St. Francis’ programs and training classes are offered at no cost to Brevard County resident.

 

The series of six Caregiver classes are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning on Friday, January 6, 2012 and concluding on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.  They will be held at the Hospice of St. Francis corporate office located at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

To register, please contact Barbara Borman, RN at 321-269-4240 x 330, toll free at 866-269-4240 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Hospice of St. Francis was founded in 1977 and serves all of Brevard County with offices in Titusville and Melbourne. It is an independent, non-profit hospice serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients nearing end-of-life. Hospice of St. Francis provides support programs to assist with the many needs of families with terminally ill loved ones.  For more information about patient services and support programs, please call 321-269-4240, toll free 866-269-4240 or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


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DOCTORS GATHER FOR PROGRESSIVE FORUM PDF Print E-mail

Club MEDUCATION presented “Marketing Medicine in the New Media Era”, it's first of four quarterly, continuing medical education accredited and networking events at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 22nd.

Keynote speaker, Caroline Kempf, president of CK Communications, an extensive, high-level marketing and media relations firm with communications programs for specialty medical practices throughout the Southeastern US including local marketing campaigns for urogynecologist, Ralph Zipper, MD and board-certified plastic surgeon Mauricio Castellon, MD, discussed social media, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, how their use relates to business and tips and strategies for devising effective marketing plans for today’s medical practice. Following Kempf’s  presentation, local CPA, James J. Milucky, principal and founder of Forensic Accounting Specialists, Inc. and attorney Stephen C. Thomas, named partner in the law firm Hayworth, Chaney, Thomas lead an open panel discussion. Thomas spoke about branding, trademark and patent law and Milucky offered information regarding fraud; a preview to his keynote presentation, “Medical Office Fraud: Know What to Do?” at the second of four Club MEDUCATION events to be held on January 19th at the King Center. Doctors enjoyed cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, they asked questions.

“I think it is a great way for physicians to stay current on practice management issues, meet other practitioners and get CME credits at the same time."--Steve Thomas – attorney for Hayworth, Chaney Thomas

The evening’s events were moderated by Cynthia Cintron Calhoun, co-founder and president of Club MEDUCATION and founder and publisher of National Health Review magazine, Brevard’s award winning source for health, medical and wellness information.

 The event was sponsored by ITG Realty and Seacoast National Bank and co-hosted by Leeanne Saylors, co-founder and vice president and Christine Thompson, co-founder and executive director.

The Club MEDUCATION curriculum was reviewed for accreditation by Steven J. Vanderby, MD. Chief Medical Officer, Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine. This Live series activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2 Prescribed and 6 Elective credits towards the American Medical Associations Physician’s Recognition Award.

Club MEDUCATION is in the process of forming an advisory board to comment, evaluate and assist in creating engaging, relevant, educational and useful programs. Physicians interested in becoming a board member, to register for the January 19th event or for more information about Club MEDUCATION, please visit: www.ClubMEDUCATION.com, send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 321.952.7373.

Club MEDUCATION exclusively serves medical doctors and doctors of osteopath by providing an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect in a relaxed environment that promotes fellowship, camaraderie and educational opportunities for professionals in an ever-changing medical landscape.


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY PDF Print E-mail

Buena Vida Estates seeks a seasoned, professional salesperson. Must be a self-motivated team player who is compassionate to seniors. Position includes heavy telemarketing. E-mail resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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SPACE COAST VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE HOSTS BREAKFAST PDF Print E-mail

It is truly a remarkable story - a community clinic started by volunteers providing free health care to the uninsured of Brevard County. Since opening the doors at the end of April over 400 patients have been seen at the clinic. Cost to the taxpayer is zero dollars.

On Wednesday, August 24th Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine hosted its Second Annual ‘Friends, Faith and Fellowship’ Breakfast at Calvary Chapel on Minton Road in West Melbourne. Breakfast was free and was enjoyed by volunteers, patients and community supporters.

According to Executive Director Paul Ringenberger, “The program has been a tremendous success and we look forward to sharing the good word with our neighbors in the community. We are blessed to be holding the breakfast at Calvary Chapel especially with the number of volunteers we currently have who attend Calvary."

The event was open to the public. It was enlightening, informative and allowed those wanting to know more about our program to experience the human side of Volunteers in Medicine all within one hour.

The free community clinic is funded by grants, donations and fund raising events. It receives no taxpayer or government funding. The organizers are also looking to open a second clinic between Cocoa & Titusville early next year.

The clinic is in still in need of volunteers including: administrative support, medical doctors, dentists, nurses and technicians and donations.

SCVIM

For more information about Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, including information on eligibility requirements, volunteering and services provided visit www.spacecoastvolunteersinmedicine.org.


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TAKE BACK THE NIGHT POKER RUN PDF Print E-mail

Take Back the Night is hosting a Poker Run on Saturday September 10th.

They are looking for vendors to host tables at the Palm Bay Harley Davidson Dealership for a cost of $50.

They are also looking for participants.

The Run begins at the American Legion Post 117 in Palm Bay, goes down to Sebastian, up A1A, across Pineda Causeway, down US1, ending at the Palm Bay Harley Davidson Dealership.

At the dealership there will be live entertainment all day, a full bar, food vendors, Hot Fireman Contest, and more.

Please Call Kathy at (321) 431-7574 for information about being a vendor or participant.

Serene Harbor receives part of the proceeds from all the Take Back the Night events. These events are in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and bring awareness to the epidemic known as Domestic Violence.


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MEAL PACKAGING EVENT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS PDF Print E-mail

From Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Dr. Ross Clevens and 600 volunteers packaged 100,000 meals that were sent to poverty-stricken Tanzania in January, and it wasn't enough. So, he's doing it again.

The second Face of Change meal-packaging project is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Florida Air Academy, 1950 Academy Drive (off New Haven Avenue), Melbourne.

This time, however, half the packages will stay in Brevard County.

The Melbourne plastic surgeon will split the bags between the Second Harvest Food Bank in Melbourne and the East African nation.

Lorin Carpenter said she hopes the second go-round attracts 750 volunteers and raises the $25,000 needed to cover the expense of purchasing and shipping the food.

The January event "was a lot of fun, and people did not want to leave after their two-hour shifts," Carpenter said.

She said the overhead is 25 cents per bag. A bag will feed a single person for a week.

They are in need of 150 volunteers during the 1pm to 3pm shift. Middle and High School students are welcome.

Clevens regularly travels to Tanzania with the support of Outreach International, which helps impoverished people in 14 countries. He frequently spends hours performing surgeries, such as cleft lips, burns and other areas of specialty.

The Face of Change events help feed those same people.

 


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HEALTH FIRST HEALTHY HAPPENINGS PDF Print E-mail

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Text BrevardERs to 41-411 to Get Wait Times and Know Before You Go!

You may already know that you can log onto BrevardERs.org to view current ER wait times, map the quickest route to the closest hospital, and more. And now, you don’t need computer access or a smart phone to make a smarter decision about where to go. Simply text BrevardERs to 41-411 from any mobile device to receive current ER wait times via text message—and no matter the size of your emergency, put more time on your side.

Get the Message!

Remember to text BrevardERs to 41-411 for the 411 on current ER wait times. Or log onto BrevardERs.org to see more ways we’re making emergency care more convenient than ever before.

 

BREAKING THE CHAINS OF DIETING!

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Enroll Today!

NEXT LIVFIT SESSIONS BEGIN JANUARY 2012!
Our program features 15 one-hour classes led by our team of experts, including a registered dietitian, behavior specialist, health educator, and exercise professionals.
We develop a personalized exercise program for each LivFit
participant that is monitored by a degreed Exercise Specialist.
(More detailed program, contact, and location information is listed in the reverse flyer.)


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PARTICIPATE IN HISTORICAL STUDY AND HELP SAVE LIVES PDF Print E-mail

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WHAT IF????

What if you could personally participate in research that could help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if your involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

What if you could make it so just one family never had to hear the words “you have cancer?”

We all want to know we have made a difference in the life of another. This year our community has a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of many.

The third Cancer Prevention Study of the American Cancer Society will be enrolling participants at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, at The Avenue on October 22nd from 6:30 to 10:20AM, this year only.

Individuals who choose to participate will complete a brief questionnaire, give a waist measurement and a small blood sample. Shortly after the in-person enrollment, participants will receive a more comprehensive survey at home. From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer.

If you are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, then you will want to participate in this study. If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about the opportunity to help prevent cancer.

Visit cancer.org/cps3, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more about the difference you can personally make in the fight against cancer. Research Today for a Cancer Free Tomorrow!


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FALL SPECIALS! PDF Print E-mail

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Fall into September's Specials:

 

Botox and Juvederm Special

Treat yourself to an area of BOTOX and a syringe of JUVEDERM and receive $100.00 off your service! (These items must be purchased at the same appointment to receive this special discount.)

 

Latisse Special

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY save $25.00 on Latisse. Regularly $99.00 NOW only $74.00. While supplies last!

 

SkinMedica Special

Receive a FREE SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex with your purchase of a SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. A $75.00 value. Limited quanities and only while supplies last!

 

GloMinerals Special

Receive a FREE GloMinerals product of your choice with your purchase of Full Face BOTOX.

 

Please call today to book your appointment to take advantage of these great savings! Remember we always have FREE consultations plus two great locations to serve you better!

 

1208 South Harbor City Blvd.

Melbourne, FL 32901

321-574-5376

 

and

 

501 Delannoy Avenue

Cocoa, FL 32922

321-639-0804

 

For more information visit: www.fountainofyou.md.


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FREE DRACULA PERFORMANCE AT THE HENEGAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS PDF Print E-mail

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For all registered blood donors

 

The story of Dracula presents the classic Gothic drama about the power of seduction and the nature of true love. Now, the Henegar Center for the Arts wants people to enjoy this powerful performance, for free. All they need to do is register to donate blood.

 

The Center has teamed up with Florida’s Blood Centers to give free ticket vouchers to every person who registers to donate on the Big Red Bus from September 9 to October 8, 2011. The initiative will be highlighted during a kick-off blood drive event on September 17th at the Henegar Center for the Arts location.

 

Dracula is scheduled from September 23 to October 9 with performances at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Vouchers can be redeemed to be used once at any of the show dates and performances.

 

Kick Off Blood Drive

Henegar Center for the Arts

625 East New Haven Avenue

Melbourne, FL 32901

Saturday September 17th, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registered donors on the Big Red Bus from September 9-October 8 will receive a free ticket voucher.

 

All blood types are needed. If you don’t know your blood type, the easiest way to find out is by donating blood. O negative blood is the most critical at this time because it is the universal type which is used in emergencies and traumas.

 

Florida’s Blood Centers must make sure that all hospitals have an adequate supply at all times. Donations will go to local hospitals served by Florida’s Blood Centers within the next couple of days to patients who may need immediate transfusions.

 

To learn more about the tests run on your blood and what happens after you donate visit www.Floridasbloodcenters.org.

 


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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY KICKS OFF THEIR “PUT ON YOUR PINK BRA” CAMPAIGN PDF Print E-mail

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The room was a sea of pink…pink shirts, pink ties, but mostly pink decorated bras! The American Cancer Society held its annual Kick Off on August 25, 2011 and unveiled the “PUT ON YOUR PINK BRA” campaign. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) walk is being held on Octo”bra” 22, 2011 at 8am at The Avenue Viera. Making Strides is a non-competitive 5k walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and to provide hope to all people facing the disease.

Mindy from Lite Rock 99.3 began the evening by telling the 250+ guests, breast cancer survivors, business and community members that the "PUT ON YOUR PINK BRA" campaign is designed to empower women across the state to wear pink bras in support of the fight against breast cancer. The pink bra is a symbol of how personal the fight against breast cancer is.

Lana Saal, Community Event Chair, explained that Florida was selected to be the only state in the Nation with this innovative marketing campaign. Further, Florida ranks 2nd in the Nation for the number of people who die from breast cancer. By participating in this largest fundraising effort in Brevard County, she stated, “You are raising awareness and saving lives.”

Breast Cancer Survivor Dawn Faust gave an emotional speech about how cancer saved her life. She stated, “My cancer diagnosis actually cured my life. The life that I live today is worth everything I have been through.” Her story of courage and strength echoed throughout the room as guests were riveted by each word she spoke.

An Extreme Makeover contest was held for survivors and the winners were announced at the Kick Off. Sponsors of the wonderful day of fun, beauty, and fashion made the day an incredible experience for six breast cancer survivors, made possible by Lexus of Melbourne, The Avenue Viera, Imperial Salon, Belk, Lane Bryant, Patchington, Pizza Gallery, Starbucks and Photographer Ray Baldino. “Before” pictures were displayed as winners took center stage to be revealed. The audience was captivated as their heartfelt nomination letters of their journey battling breast cancer were read.

MSABC Co-Chairs Jack Parker and Wayne Ivey announced a Call to Action. “This year’s goal is to raise $433,000 so get involved! If we can raise awareness and support, that will ultimately lead to hope and cures,” Ivey announced. Team Development Chair Erica Elliott followed up with a plea for all to register their teams and get started fund raising. “Form a team today and make a difference. With your support, we will continue to save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.”

Breast cancer survivors attending the event were recognized and each was given a pink flower, compliments of Suntree Florist & Gifts.

The American Cancer Society hosts a 24 hour support line for anyone in need (800) ACS-2345. To register a team, or for more information on the event, please visit www.putonyourpinkbra.com/brevard

 


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2.0 CME CREDITS AN NETWORKING FOR MD'S AND DO'S PDF Print E-mail

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Club MEDUCATION is an active organization that exclusively serves a membership of licensed MD and DO's from many varied specialties by providing an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect in a relaxed environment that promotes fellowship, camaraderie and educational opportunities, including accredited continuing medical education credits.

Quarterly programs include expert speakers presenting on a variety of topics. Each interactive presentation includes a question and answer period with a panel of experts tailored to address issues affecting the management of today's ever-changing medical practice needs.

The next 2.0 CME credit presentation: Marketing Medicine in the New Media Era will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 4:00-7:30 PM at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 North Wickham Road, Melbourne.

Space is limited, register today.

To learn more about Club MEDUCATION, for sponsorship information or to register call 321-952-7373, send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.ClubMEDUCATION.com.


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HEALTH FIRST GOLF CLASSIC PDF Print E-mail

Two Great Courses, One Great Cause

Join us for a fun-filled day of great golfing and business networking! All for a great cause — new technology to help patients at Health First Medical Rehabilitation with balance disorders.

You’ll have your choice of TWO great courses — the member only Suntree Country Club or the beautiful Duran Golf Club in the new town of Viera. Form your own team or let us assign you to a foursome. Golf teams choose their preferred course. It’s first-come, first-choice, so reserve your spot today!

Play begins promptly at 8 am with a shotgun start — four-person scramble format. You’ll enjoy a day of fun, excitement, and fabulous entertainment… with food, games, contests, and prizes for every skill level. And, back by popular demand — a series of “Tee Parties” on most Par 3’s!

All golfers will get a tournament shirt and special goodie bag, range balls, commemorative team photograph, lunch, gifts and prizes. And, hit a hole-in- one and win a brand new Mercedes! Please be generous.

Your support could help improve the quality of life for someone you know and love!

For sponsorship opportunities, tickets and more information click here.

 

Health First Golf Classic 2011 Schedule
Saturday, September 24, 2011

7 AM REGISTRATION OPENS

Duran Golf Club
7032 Stadium Parkway
Viera, FL

Suntree Country Club
One Country Club Drive
Melbourne, FL

Format: Four-person scramble.
Golfers register for the shotgun start, receive goodie bags, shirts, and contest tickets. Driving range open.

7 TO 8 AM FULL-SERVICE BREAKFAST
Duran Golf Club and Suntree Country Club For all participants

8 AM TEE OFF
Shotgun start, play begins

CONTESTS & PRIZES
Hole in One On & Off Green Mulligans Shoot with the Pro Door Prizes
Awards: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Teams, Longest Drive (men & women), Closest to Pin (men & women)

GOURMET LUNCH FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Procceds to benefit the Health First Medical Rehabilitation New SMART EquiTest® Technology

 


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SEEKING “PARTNERS IN COMPASSIONATE CARE” FOR VOLUNTEER TRAINING PDF Print E-mail

Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. HOSF volunteers provide assistance in many different ways, including making friendly visits to hospice patients, providing respite care for homebound patients, running errands and performing many other services. No previous experience is needed.

 

Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County. A new training class will begin on Monday, October 3, 2011. The class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for three weeks at Hospice of St. Francis Melbourne Office located at 4875 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne 32940. For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, please call Vicky Hamilton, Volunteer Coordinator, at 321-269-4240 or 866-269-4240 (toll free).

 

Hospice of St. Francis is a local, non-sectarian, non-profit organization. Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County’s first hospice. HOSF continues to provide care for terminally ill patients and support for their loved ones. For more information on HOSF programs, please call 321-269-4240/866-269-4240 (toll free) or visit our website at http://www.hospiceofstfrancis.com/


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KING CENTER YOUTH AND OUTREACH PROGRAM PDF Print E-mail

Let your imagination take you places!

Announcing the 2011-2012 performing arts season for the King Center Theatre for youth and outreach program The Best Of The Performing Arts…Close To Home

NEW WEBSITE LOGIN: For high res visuals go to www.kingcenter.com/ Scroll down and on the left click on NEWS AND PRESS /Click on PRESS CENTER LOGIN/Fill out the form using LOGIN: king_press/PASSWORD: get­_media/Click on 2010-11 SHOW PHOTOS/Click in the box to the left of the visuals you want/Click on SAVE AND NEXT at the bottom of the page.

 

Chronological List of 2011-2012 School Time Performances

Individual Tickets On Sale Friday, September 6th at Noon Due to the nature of the entertainment industry all artists, programs and dates are subject to change

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Wednesday, November 16, 10:30am and 4pm

Ticket Price: $8 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 6

Connection to academic areas: Literature, Character Education, Creative Writing, Creative Expression

Adapted from the Broadway version, experience the power of the imagination as Dr. Seuss’ best-loved classic characters find themselves intertwined in this unforgettable, adventurous musical caper. www.theatreworksusa.org

Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge

Monday, November 28, 10:30 am

Ticket Price: $9 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested Audience: Pre-kindergarten – Grade 3

Connection to academic areas: Science, Environmental Issues, Communication

All aboard, as Ms. Friz and her sidekick Liz take the class and audience on a whirlwind tour. Experience the telltale signs of climate change and decide if you are up for the challenge in this magical Emmy award-winning theatrical production. http://www.artspower.org

Golden Dragon Acrobats GROUPS ONLY

Tuesday, January 10, 10:30 am

Ticket Price: $9 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 12

Connection to academic areas: Dance, Theatre, Music, Foreign Language, Cultural Diversity

 

Experience an “art form beyond compare” featuring award-winning acrobatic skills and techniques, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music. www.artfegan.com

Twelfth Night

Wednesday, January 18, 10:30 am

Ticket Price: $9 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested Audience: Grades 7-12

Connection to academic areas: Literature, Interpersonal Relationships, Theatre and Non-Verbal Communication

Twice nominated for outstanding production and performance at the Dora Awards, Classical Theatre Project brings Shakespeare to life in this inventive, vaudevillian-style theatrical production. www.classicaltheatreproject.ca

ArcAttack

Tuesday, January 31, 10:30 am

Ticket Price: $9 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested Audience: Grades 5-8

Connection to academic areas: Math, Science, Music, Theatre

From America’s Got Talent, this interactive fusion of high tech wizardry will engage the audience on this journey of discovery while unveiling the future of science in this inspiring and entertaining theatrical spectacle. www.geodesicmangement.com

Wizard Of Oz

Thursday, March 8, 10:30 am

Ticket Price: $8 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested audience: Kindergarten–Grade 5

Connection to academic areas: Literature, Theatre, Music

This timeless classic comes alive in this fun-filled Broadway- style musical. Follow the yellow brick road and join Dorothy in her adventures “over the rainbow.”

www.americanfamilytheatre.com

 

Steve Trash-Trash & Recycle Show

Wednesday, May 9, 10:30 am

Ticket Price: $8 (plus applicable handling fees)

Suggested audience: kindergarten – Grade 6

Connection to academic areas: Science

Blending ecological lessons and green-themed magic tricks, this high-energy musical will show the audience the connection between the natural environment and the world around them. www.harmonyartists.com

Tickets may be purchased by visiting kingcenter.com or by calling the King Center ticket office at 321.242.2219 Ticket office summer hours are Noon - 2pm, Mon-Fri

Beginning September 6th NEW TICKET OFFICE HOURS: Noon – 6 pm, Mon - Fri and Noon - 4 pm on Saturdays

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Arts Integration-A SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS

Thursday– Friday, October 13-14, 2011, 8am – 3:30pm - $40

The Arts at the Center of Learning, featuring Powerful Assessment Practices for Arts Integration facilitated by Deborah Brzoska

In an inter-active setting, participants develop skills and techniques to integrate and see the results of performing arts in the classroom. This workshop is suitable for and can be implemented across all subject areas.

  • Registration for the workshop is open to all teachers of public and private schools and High School Fine Arts Academies.
  • Receive in-service credits when you complete the seminar.
  • Suggested audience: teachers of kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Brevard public school teachers can sign up on ERO beginning in September.
  • Space is limited!
  • ADVANCED REGISTRATION WITH ACCOMPANYING PAYMENT IS REQUIRED

“This workshop/course was developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.”

Presented in partnership with King Center for the Performing Arts and Brevard County Public Schools

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE WITH THE SPENCERS

Mon- Fri, Nov 7 - 11, 2011

This project features three elements:

Day 1: “Healing of Magic” is an internationally recognized continuing education workshop for rehabilitative medical professionals and caregivers (parents and attendants) including speech, occupational, physical, and recreation therapists. It is also appropriate for special educators and therapists who work with ADHD, EBD, LD, and Autism

Day 2-4: “Hocus Focus” is a hands-on activity demonstrating the therapeutic and educational techniques using magic tricks in small group/student centered workshops for patients and students. Community visits are being arranged to classrooms, therapy sessions, and support groups such as autism, stroke, hospitals and rehabilitative venues.

Day 5: Main stage theatrical production. Internationally recognized and award-winning illusionists, the Spencers fuse elaborate stage illusions, magic, drama, personality and showmanship to give the audience an electrifying theatrical spectacle

 

For advance registration for the “Healing of Magic” professional development workshop or to inquire about hosting “Hocus Focus” please call 321.433.5717.

 

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A CONTINUING EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Mon, Nov 7, 2011 8 am - 3 pm Fee $50

This interactive hands-on training will empower educators and professionals in the medical field to assist their clients and special-need students in achieving functional and measurable goals that can be easily used in daily rehabilitative and therapeutic sessions. Participants will leave with a heightened sense of confidence using newly-learned skills. Continuing education credits are available for participants in this workshop.

  • Space is limited!
  • Fee includes all materials for the workshop.
  • Appropriate for various areas of rehabilitative care such as: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Caregivers.
  • www.magictherapy.com

Hocus Focus- Learning by Doing

WORKSHOP FOR SMALL GROUP SETTINGS

Tues, Wed & Friday, Nov 8, 9 & 11, 2011

Venue Fee: $200

Presented in conjunction with the main stage performance of Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion, the Art of Healing and Magic workshops “use a team approach” through hands-on teaching sessions that will empower participants to use the skills learned to improve recovery or healing to benefit patients.

  • Can serve 25 participants each session.
  • Appropriate for patients and students.
  • Duration of each session is approximately 60 minutes. www.hocusfocuseducation.com

Spencers Theatre of Illusion Main Stage Performance

Thur, Nov 10, 2011, 7 pm

Ticket Price: $26.50

Children’s Price: 16 and under pay your age

*Theatre for Youth group discount is not applicable for this show
Appropriate for GENERAL AUDIENCE

For six consecutive years, the Spencers have been internationally recognized as magicians and performing arts entertainers of the year. Redefining the art of illusion, they fuse elaborate stage illusions, magic, drama, personality and showmanship to offer the audience an electrifying theatrical spectacle. The arts have therapeutic benefits” Gary Christenson, M.D.Minnesota Medicine publication. http://www.spencersmagic.com/

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Can’t come to us? We can come to you… We are seeking community venues to host the following programs:

A Beatrix Potter Holiday

Available: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri, December 12, 13, 14 & 16, 2011

Appropriate for student assemblies and audiences up to 400 people

Suggested audience: Kindergarten – Grade 5

Connection to academic areas: Literature, Theatre, Music, Character Education

Cost: $700 per venue

With the help of the audience, famed children’s author Beatrix Potter brings to life the stories of “The Tailor of Gloucester” and “The Rabbit’s Christmas Party.” The audience may even get a surprise visit from one of Beatrix’s popular characters!

Connection to academic areas: Literature, Theatre, Music, Character Education

For host venue documents: Call (321) 433-5717

 

STUDENT WORKSHOPS

Active Approaches to Shakespeare

The workshop is FREE. Priority will be given to classes who have secured and guaranteed seats for the main stage production.

Available: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Connection to academic areas: Literature, Interpersonal Relationships, Theatre and Non-Verbal Communication

Suggested audience: Grades 7-12

Presented in conjunction with the main stage theatrical production of Twelfth Night, members of Classical Theatre Project will visit your classroom and lead interactive activities and exercises that provide insight into Shakespeare's stories and characters. Workshop exercises include:

  • An introduction into Shakespeare's language: Claim Shakespeare's words as your own.
  • Pivotal Scene Study: Approach a pivotal scene through performance.
  • Interactive Synopsis: Perform excerpts from the play with the help of our ensemble.

www.classicaltheatreproject.ca

Check kingcenter.com for news and updates to our program!


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CLASSES AND SUPPORT GROUPS PDF Print E-mail

Coping with Caregiving – Grief & Guilt

This class is designed with the family caregiver in mind and focuses on the grief and guilt that can often go hand in hand with the role of caregiving for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. The class will provide caregivers with useful tips to help reduce the level of stress that many feel in their new role.

When: Sept. 21th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Sunflower House, Merritt Island
RSVP to Sunflower House to reserve a seat (321) 452-4341
Or
When: Sept. 28th from 10:30 am– 11:30 am
Where: Leeza’s Place, 3661 S. Babcock St., Melbourne
RSVP to Leeza’s Place to reserve a seat (321) 951-7118

Support Group Listing

Lewy Body dementia Support Group
When: 10:00 – 11:00am.
The 2nd Wednesday of the month
Where: Joe’s Club, 4676 Wickham Rd., Melbourne.
RSVP to Joe’s Club at (321) 253-4430 if respite is needed
For more information about the group contact DeAnn Collins at the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, (321) 768-9575 press 6, or via email http://mce_host/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Frontal Temporal dementia Support Group
When: 10:00 – 11:00am.
The 3rd Wednesday of the month
Where: Joe’s Club, 4676 Wickham Rd., Melbourne.
RSVP to Joe’s Club at (321) 253-4430 if respite is needed
For more information about the group contact DeAnn Collins at the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, (321) 768-9575 press 6, or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 


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WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S PDF Print E-mail

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Saturday, October 1st. Registration at 8am, walk begins at 9am. At The Avenue in Viera

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is an all-age, all-ability event held in 600 communities nationwide, uniting millions to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The walk helps raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer care and support and advance critical research. The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts here.

Register your Walk Team at www.alz.org/walk. Dogs, volunteers and non-walking supporters welcome. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (407) 951-7992 x105 or visit www.alz.org/cnfl.

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association provides support, funding and advocacy on behalf of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease. The Association operates support groups throughout the country, as well as online message boards that reach individuals worldwide. Not only is the Alzheimer's Association the largest private, nonprofit funder of research related to the disease, but it also connects individuals to clinical trials available in their local communities. In federal and state governments, the Association advocates for those affected by Alzheimer's disease by educating leaders and promoting funding and policies for research and prevention. This devastating and costly disease ultimately kills more Americans than diabetes, and more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It affects over 83,000 individuals in Central Florida; more than 500,000 in the state. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in America, yet the only one of the top 10 causes of death where we have no method to prevent it, cure it or slow its progression.

 

 

 


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SHOWER SHIRT CO. ANNOUNCES RETAIL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH WALMART MEDICAL DEVICE DIVISION PDF Print E-mail

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Protects mastectomy & dialysis patients while showering, now available from Walmart

 

The “Use it Now, Wear it Later,” Shower Shirt™ -- the first and only water-resistant garment to protect mastectomy patients post-surgery, is now available from the medical device division of http://www.walmart.com the manufacturer announced today.

 

Already in high demand among healthcare retailers for protecting mastectomy and dialysis patients while showering, the new product has already become well-received in dialysis clinics nationwide, where nephrologists are now making them available for the first time.

 

For additional information on the Shower Shirt, go to http://www.theshowershirt.com find the product online at Walmart, go to Walmart.com (medical device division).

 

Invented by a breast cancer survivor, and recently endorsed by the American Cancer Society, The Shower Shirt™ product was created by Lisa F. Crites, after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy in June 2009. Subsequently, she has appeared on several talk shows, including Fox News and Lifetime TV’s, "The Balancing Act," discussing the product, which is now taking the mastectomy apparel garment industry by storm.

 

On the US market since October 2010, the inspiration behind the creation of her “Use it Now, Wear it Later” Shower Shirt™ garment, which helps protect against the risk of post-surgical infections following breast removal, came after Crites was told that she could not shower for two to three weeks after her mastectomy, and before her surgical drains were removed.

 

“I immediately began looking for a water-resistant garment to protect myself. I could not find a product to purchase so I utilized a trash bag for protection,” said Crites, The Shower Shirt Co., President/CEO.

 

“I then began speaking with other mastectomy patients who also utilized either trash bags or saran wrap for water-resistant purposes.”

 

She said that was the defining piece of information needed to design, patent, and manufacture a product which could be used to protect breast cancer/mastectomy patients while showering after surgery, and also worn as a water-resistant jacket after surgical drains were removed.

 

Fifteen months later, The Shower Shirt™ is a Class 1 Medical Device with patent pending status, available at multiple mastectomy boutiques and medical supply companies across the US; including Health Products for You, an ecommerce site with more than one million customers. Though the product is already being shipped to breast cancer patients in both Canada and Europe, The Shower Shirt Co. recently signed with an international distributor who is working on distribution in nearly 36 countries.

 

“Women have been going through mastectomies for 70 years in this country alone; I could not understand why this type of product did not exist. Though I have now come to the conclusion that the entire concept has been overlooked based on the lack of clinical knowledge,” added Crites. “Unless you have gone through breast cancer, you don’t know that patients cannot shower before the surgical drains are removed, thus a needed product for thousands of mastectomy patients around the world.”

 

Wallmart.com is selling the Shower Shirt in various sizes, as well as in black or white, for $100 each, and it includes complimentary shipping to the buyer's local store.

 

Crites also indicated that her company is working with Medicare and private insurers to arrange reimbursement for all breast cancer and mastectomy patients. “My goal is to make other women feel better after the physical trauma of having their breasts amputated,” Crites said. “It stands to reason that if the patient feels better physically, then they will feel better emotionally, something that’s severely needed after a mastectomy.”

 

The Shower Shirt™ is also being used by patients needing to protect catheters while showering; patients with wound vacs and infusion pumps, abdominal hernia and lung surgery patients with drains, transplant patients, and Savi Catheter patients undergoing radiation who also need protection from water while showering.

 

Comments From Users:

“It’s important that mastectomy drain sites don’t get wet post-surgery. Taking a shower without protecting the drain sites can be problematic as water is laden with bacteria which in turn can cause infection to the patient. The Shower Shirt is a great product to protect breast cancer patients from water intrusion to the surgical sites.”
-- Dr. Melanie Bone, Breast Cancer Survivor, Ob/Gyn, FACOG
National Spokesperson for Myriad Laboratories

 

“The Shower Shirt has been a Godsend for me. Being a dialysis patient with a neck catheter, my husband found this for me online and it has worked perfectly. My catheter can't get wet and the Shower Shirt has kept it dry for almost 3 months and counting... I love it.”
-- Lorna Thom, Dialysis Patient
Greenfield Health System Eastpoint Dialysis Center
Eastpoint MI USA

 

For information on retail distribution opportunities, call (321) 784-9363.

 

About The Shower Shirt Co LLC:

The Shower Shirt Co. was founded by a breast cancer patient who underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy. Frustrated with the prohibition of showering until her surgical drains were removed, she created a Shower Shirt. A product designed to restrict water from coming into the surgical drain sites. The company is


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2011 BREVARD EPILEPSY WALK PDF Print E-mail

This is the 2nd Annual Brevard Epilepsy Walk to raise money for those in need of medical assistance for their seizures and help to find answers to this disorder.

Fun, Food, Friends and Music again by the great Stevie Legend Band!

Five easy steps to be part of this!

1. Register for the walk online,
2. Create your personal FUNraising page here,
3. Get others to join your team,
4. Email all your friends and post to your FaceBook page if you have one,
5. And, above all have FUN!

On site registration and fun begins at 8:00 a.m. and we walk at 9:00 a.m. Come early and avoid the rush and have breakfast with us.

A minimum of $30 registration is repectfully requested to be raised in order to receive an event t-shirt and other surprises, but, there is no minimum to just walk with us.

This is a great family event so plan on bringing everyone.

Check out last year's walk video to see how much fun we had: www.youtube.com/watch


Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Location: Gleason Park, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Contact: Bev Kennedy, 866-864-1416 ext. 102, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: http://www.brevardepilepsywalk.com/


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VIERA HOSPITAL PROUDLY ADDS TRICARE INSURANCE PDF Print E-mail

U.S. Military families on Space Coast now have new healthcare destination

 

Viera Hospital, Health First’s fourth and newest hospital serving the Space Coast community is pleased to announce that it has joined the TriCare insurance provider network.

The addition of TriCare to the list of accepted insurance plans at Viera Hospital means TriCare members, and especially members of the Space Coast’s U.S. Military community now have a new, state-of-the-art healthcare destination to serve their families.

Since Viera Hospital opened its doors in April, 2011 TriCare members have always been able to take advantage of the hospital’s cutting-edge technology and experienced staff, but until now those services were not covered in the TriCare network. Thanks to the new TriCare agreement, those patients and families can now continue to benefit from Viera Hospital’s services.

“This is something we are particularly proud of,” said Viera Hospital President Chris Kennedy. “TriCare members are mostly members of our military, and being able to serve members of the U.S. Armed Forces who make such sacrifices for all of us is an honor.”

The new agreement means Viera Hospital now joins Health First’s other three hospitals, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, and Palm Bay Hospital as part of TriCare’s provider network.

 

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About Health First

Health First has been serving the residents of the Brevard County area since it was founded in 1995, with roots extending back to 1937 when Holmes Regional Medical Center opened as the first hospital in Brevard County.

Today, Health First is the only multi-hospital, not-for-profit health system in Brevard. This means that every dollar not used to pay for patient care stays in the county to improve healthcare services for all residents, including those without the financial means to pay. All the members of Health First’s Board of Directors reside within its service area and provide oversight for a broad range of services and products including four acute-care hospitals, multiple health plans, a multi-specialty physician group, outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, a network of fitness and wellness services, and the only Trauma Center in Brevard County.

 


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NEW SCIENCE AND MEDICAL RESOURCE WEBSITE PDF Print E-mail

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The timely dissemination of scientific knowledge in this 21st century is crucial for the joint goals of improving the life and health of every citizen, preserving the planet for future generations and continuing our quest to explore the universe.

 

The ISC Internet Science Information Project  (SIP) is fully dedicated to providing a structured and user friendly interface to the published data available from certified governmental, private and educational institutions. It facilitates rapid and direct linkage with the world’s Science, Technology and Engineering resources by any subject or field of interest.

 

The Project is designed as an ongoing work in progress and shall be updated as new scientific discoveries and new technologies come on line. The information contained herein, the ISC Data Bases and ISC Charts provided, and the on-line links to government agencies and educational institutions that have extensive experience in the subject matter that you select, are offered for your review. The photo gallery herein and other links such as the animals of the world link are dedicated to the viewing pleasure of citizens of any age.

 

The Project also includes a complete Medical Management and Technical Terms glossary and on page 67 and 68 of the downloadable .pdf (found on the website’s homepage ) is a complete overview of the United States Health Care System. Also include on page 59, is an overview of the U. S. Health Care Information Agencies and more.

 

The Project shall provide direct links to view science data from NASA, NSF, NOAA, DOE, EPA, DEP, DOI, NPS, USDA, ED, USGS, SI Research Centers, et al. in the governmental sector, from universities, colleges and laboratories, from technical societies around the world (AGI, AGU, GSA, NESTA, etc.) and from science/engineering/technical information available thru our international partners and the independent research and testing organizations.

 

The Project is designed as a participatory effort, especially with regard to communicating the new and innovative developments that occur every day in engineering, science and technology.

 

Internet Open Source Team participation is available.

 

Rapid access to existing knowledge is the first step in ensuring that science information can be effectively presented to and utilized by every inhabitant of this fragile biosphere we call the Earth.

 

Continued access to new discoveries is essential in our reach for the stars as we continue our quest to explore the universe.

The ISC Internet Science Information Project Website is presented herein for public review and enjoyment. For more information visit: www.internationalsciencecenter.com.

 

Note: The site is provided as a public service and does not contain commercial advertising. The site is sponsored by The American Millennium Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) educational corp. Industry and educational institution sponsorships are available.


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BUENA VIDA CELEBRATES 29th ANNIVERSARY IN BREVARD COUNTY PDF Print E-mail

Buena Vida Estates today celebrates their 29th anniversary of its Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Chosen as one of top 100 admired businesses in Brevard County, Buena Vida continues to set that standard for senior living.  As the only CCRC in the area, Buena Vida now provides life-long-learning opportunities and has recently opened a fully staffed physicians clinic and wellness center and an on-site non denominational chapel, The Jay Carter Memorial Chapel.

 

"Although our resort-style and family-oriented community has become known as one of Florida’s premier retirement communities over the last 29 years, we at Buena Vida realize there is still so much more to offer our residents,” said Dan Carter, president and ITG Holdings at Buena Vida.

 

Buena Vida’s recent expansion, completed in October 2009, nearly doubled the size of the community and included the addition of 27 apartment homes, 32 private assisted living apartments, 16 specialized memory care apartments and a physician-directed health center named The Sullivan Health Center. A quaint Main Street area was added to offer even more resort-style activities and amenities.

 

“All the new apartment homes are sold-out,” states Carter. People have recognized the value that Buena Vida represents and the need to plan ahead.”  Response of the new apartments has been so great, that we have actually started a waiting list.” It won’t be long until the entire community is sold-out.”

 

Carter notes, “People often ask me when we we’ll be done with our expansion and my answer always is --- probably never!  There is always something new that we want to offer our residents.”

 

Carter explains the motivation behind the expansion of services and amenities at Buena Vida.

 

“It’s about treating people right and meeting their needs. My mother still lives here but my father passed away a couple of years ago so as a son, I am concerned about her needs, which are probably not that much different than other people’s needs. My mother is the resident’s strongest advocate. She lets me know right away if there’s something that needs to be done better or done differently, which is a great feedback. I also think that it’s just good business to deliver what people need and want so they’ll want to move here.”

 

“So often we hear folks say, ‘I’m just not ready to move, however ironically, people who move here always tell me they wish they would have done it sooner, explains Carter.  Our residents truly enjoy the lifestyle that Buena Vida offers and the peace of mind that only a CCRC can provide. “ 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUENA VIDA:

Professional networking breakfast – September 8, 7:30-9:00 am 

“I’m not ready yet” luncheon seminar – September 13, 10:30 am

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For more information or to schedule a tour of Buena Vida, visit http://www.buenavidaestates.org or call (321) 724-0060.

 

Buena Vida Estates is nearing its 29-year anniversary and is the only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Brevard County, Florida. The community offers residential maintenance-free living with the peace of mind of on-site independent, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care within a resort-style setting. Residents enjoy amenities, activities and programs geared toward enhancing one’s lifestyle. At Buena Vida, residents enjoy independence, health and wellness, and financial security that only a CCRC provides. Buena Vida Estates is governed by a local Board of Directors and is a not-for-profit, 501(c) 3 organization regulated under Florida Statutes Chapter 651 by the State of Florida Department of Insurance. Buena Vida is located in West Melbourne, Florida, just 3 miles east of I-95 on US 192 (exit 180). Turn right on Doherty Drive and Buena Vida is on the left. Visit http://www.buenavidaestates.orgor call (321) 724-0060.


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HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS RECEIVES DONATION FROM FLORIDA ORDER OF EASTERN STAR PDF Print E-mail

Every year, the Grand Worthy Matron of the Florida Order of Eastern Star selects a charity to receive a donation for the Grand Worthy Matron’s Special Project.  The 2010 Grand Worthy Matron, Lois Anne Wolfe, announced at the 106th Annual Grand Chapter Session, in St. Augustine, that she had chosen Hospice of St. Francis to be recipient of a $10,000 donation.

 

Lois Anne Wolfe, of Merritt Island, had utilized the services and support provided by Hospice of St. Francis with a family member. Her appreciation for the services and support her family received was the factor determining what organization would be the recipient of her Special Project donation. 

 

“The donation given to us by the Florida Order of Eastern Star could not come at a better time for Hospice of St. Francis,” said Board Chairman, Jerry Allender. 

 

“We have seen an increase in the number of Brevard County families that need and seek out our services and support. As a non-profit hospice, we are dedicated to caring for our community members, regardless of their ability to pay. We greatly appreciate Ms. Wolfe’s thoughtfulness and the hard work of the Eastern Star membership to raise these funds.  They will be put to good use in our community.” 

 

The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world that allows both men and women to be members. The Florida Chapter, like all other chapters, is composed of people of deep spiritual convictions, but it is not a religion. The organization is dedicated to its charitable nature. The millions of dollars raised within the membership supports national, jurisdictional and local charities.

 

Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard’s first hospice and has served Brevard County families for more than 34 years. Along with providing terminally ill patients with compassionate professional services, Hospice of St. Francis provides support programs specifically designed to assist the patient’s family through this very difficult time in their lives.  Support programs include:  Adult Bereavement Program, Young Adult Grief Support Program (ages 18-30), North Star-Child Grief Support Program (ages 3-18), Caregiver Education and Resource Program and Partners in Compassionate Care volunteer training and assignment program.  All programs are provided free of charge to any Brevard County resident.

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For more information about services and programs, please call (321)269-4240, (800)269-4240 toll free or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


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CRITICAL CARE NURSES WANTED PDF Print E-mail

Health First is looking for exceptional Critical Care nurses to join our team of healthcare professionals. If you're currently a highly experienced Critical Care Nurse, this is your opportunity to change your location and life. Take the first step and fill out our inquiry form.

Advance your career

Locally owned and operated, Health First is a not-for-profit, four-hospital, state-of-the-art healthcare system with countless accreditations and accolades. Valued associates are offered the opportunity to expand their horizons and careers by featuring:

  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • A-rated schools and safe communities
  • Warm climates year-round
  • Some of the country's most high-tech jobs
  • Access to Orlando's theme parks and attractions (just 1 hour away)

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DAFFODIL GALA BENEFITS SPACE COAST CANCER FOUNDATION PDF Print E-mail

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RoseMarie De Souza, Hospital & Physician Representative, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care of Brevard County, presents a check in the amount of $15,000 to Richard M. Levine, MD, Founder, Space Coast Cancer Foundation.

 

Vitas Innovative Hospice Care is Presenting Sponsor of September 10 event

Space Coast Cancer Foundation’s 5th Annual Daffodil Gala will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Holiday Inn-Viera. This year’s event is sure to include enjoyable musical entertainment, dancing, delectable cuisine and socializing with community leaders.
 

Vitas Innovative Hospice Care will be the Presenting Sponsor. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Space Coast Cancer Foundation Daffodil Gala.   The mission of both organizations is similar. We are both committed to supporting patients and families who are faced with life threatening illnesses and Space Coast Cancer Foundation has made great strides in improving cancer care in Brevard County”, states Kathleen LaPorte, Senior General Manager Vitas Innovative Hospice Care of Brevard County. The proceeds from this year’s gala will fund the purchase, maintenance and operational costs for a patient transport van. This service will ensure that patients in need will have a ride to and from their appointments.

If interested in supporting local cancer patients by sponsoring the Daffodil Gala, purchasing tickets or more information, please contact 855.894.HOPE(4673), x3500.

 

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Space Coast Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in May 2006. The mission is to assist cancer patients and their caregivers in our community with financial and emotional demands that are associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The foundation provides direct financial assistance to help pay for transportation, pain medication, anti-nausea medication and utilities. In addition, the foundation and board of directors supports local oncology education and research. 

 

Medatag:  Space Coast Cancer Foundation, Annual Daffodil Gala, September 10, 2011,Holiday Inn-Viera,Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, life threatening illnesses, cancer care, Brevard County”, Kathleen LaPorte,  patient transport van, cancer patients, 855.894.HOPE(4673), x3500.

 


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IS IT TIME FOR YOUR ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM? PDF Print E-mail

One in eight women will develop breast cancer, but early detection can save your life. TEPAS Breast Center encourages you to perform monthly self-examinations, visit your primary care provider regularly, and undergo routine annual mammograms.

Is it time for your annual mammogram? Call TEPAS Breast Center to schedule an appointment (321) 733-1901 x 2. Most insurances accepted. $99 self-pay. Se habla español.

At TEPAS Breast Center you will experience compassionate service in a warm setting, quick responses to results, access to leading-edge technologies and procedures, and a multitude of informational and supportive resources. Conveniently located near Melbourne Square Mall and Melbourne Airport. 1140 Broadband Dr. Melbourne 32901. For more information, visit http://www.tepasbreastcenter.com/.

 

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FREE DIRECTORY LISTING FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PDF Print E-mail

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Bringing Brevard Businesses and the Community Together Brevard County has a new comprehensive online business directory, with over 24,000 local businesses including over 1900 medical professionals and related businesses!

 

Businesses can claim and update their listings for FREE, add community events and post special deals and coupons. Consumers can post reviews and comments and share ideas on the blog. The tight integration with Facebook and other social media sites makes it easy for businesses and the community to come together and support one another! Visit http://www.thinkbrevardfirst.comand Keep It Local!

  

Also, plan to attend the Think Brevard ribbon cutting, Mambo’s July 8th, 1300 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach.

 

There will be food, door prizes, great music from Sound Investment, a 50-50 raffle to support We Care 2, and drink specials from Mambo's. Come one, come all... and enjoy the party! RSVP early to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (321) 329-5499

ThinkBrevardFirst.com, the most comprehensive local directory for Florida’s Space Coast. Our directory serves more than 500,000 people, and contains thousands of businesses and events. We're also pleased to bring you quality articles of interest, local deals, and community resources. ThinkBrevardFirst.com is informative, fun and easy to use.

 

 


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HEALTH FIRST GOLF CLASSIC PDF Print E-mail

Two Great Courses, One Great Cause

Join us for a fun-filled day of great golfing and business networking! All for a great cause — new technology to help patients at Health First Medical Rehabilitation with balance disorders.

You’ll have your choice of TWO great courses — the memberonly Suntree Country Club or the beautiful Duran Golf Club in the new town of Viera. Form your own team or let us assign you to a foursome. Golf teams choose their preferred course. It’s first-come, first-choice, so reserve your spot today!

Saturday, September 24th.  Play begins promptly at 8 am with a shotgun start — fourperson scramble format. You’ll enjoy a day of fun, excitement, and fabulous entertainment… with food, games, contests, and prizes for every skill level. And, back by popular demand — a series of “Tee Parties” on most Par 3s!

All golfers will get a tournament shirt and special goodie bag, range balls, commemorative team photograph, lunch, gifts, and prizes. And, hit a holein- one and win a brand new Mercedes! Please be generous.

Your support could help improve the quality of life for someone you know and love!

 

For sponsorship opportunities for to sign up to play, visit our website

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HEALTH FIRST FOUNDATION TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL GRAPE ESCAPE PDF Print E-mail

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October 22nd event to raise funds for Artis Zeego Minimally-Invasive OR Imaging System

 

The Health First Foundation’s “Grape Escape 10” is sure to dazzle the senses with an array of new taste sensations. Scheduled for Saturday, October 22, from 6 to 11 pm, this year’s food and wine-tasting extravaganza features an Escape to the beautiful Moorings Club in Vero Beach where guests will enjoy culinary delights created by world-class chefs. 

 

All proceeds from the evening’s event will be used to benefit Health First patients. Funds raised for the event will be used for the Artis Zeego Minimally-Invasive OR Imaging System. This equipment will create a "hybrid OR" that cardiologists and vascular surgeons will use for a variety of procedures. This technology is the first of its kind in Central Florida and will be a great advantage for surgeons and patients.

 

Highlights of “Grape Escape 10” include a multi-course gourmet dinner. Each course is specially paired with a top-shelf wine that is hand selected by a Certificate Level Sommelier.

 

Both live and silent auctions at the event will feature valuable wines, a one-of-a-kind necklace designed by Wesche Jewelers especially for this event, fine art, a special sunset cruise, and vacation packages just to name a few items.

 

The Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is offering a special discount rate of $179 to $249 night (based on availability).  To receive the discount, guests must call 1-866-602-8376 and ask for the Health First Foundation Group rate.

 

Dick Beagley, Darcia Francey, and Myra Igo Haley are co-chairing this year’s event.

Phil and Jeanne Farmer will again serve as Honorary Chairpersons.

 

Cindy Wooten, Twin Rivers Insurance and Mick Welch, BankFIRST are co-chairing underwriting.

 

Sponsorships range in level from $1,000 to $50,000. For more information, call the Health First Foundation at (321) 434-7353.

  

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About Health First

 

Health First has been serving the residents of the Brevard County area since it was founded in 1995, with its roots extending back to 1937 when Holmes Regional Medical Center opened as the first hospital in Brevard County.

 

Today, Health First is the only multi-hospital, not-for-profit healthcare system in Brevard County. This means that every dollar not used to pay for patient care stays in the county to improve healthcare services for all residents, including those without the financial means to pay.  All members of Health First’s Board of Directors reside within Health First’s service area and provide oversight for a broad range of services and products, including four acute-care hospitals, multiple health plans, a multi-specialty physician group, outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, a network of fitness and wellness services, and Brevard County’s only Trauma Center.

 


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