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largest Asian restaurant company, is now open in Jacksonville. This is the 36th store in the US, as well as the first in the state and Southeast US. It opened to the public on March 18, 2017. Jacksonville is the most populous city in the Sunshine State, as well as home to the largest FilipinoAmerican community in Florida. The longawaited arrival of Jollibee in the city has

get to try Jollibee's signature menu items such as the world famous Chickenjoy. This dish is delicately breaded to be crispylicious on the outside and juicylicious inside. The well-loved Jolly Spaghetti is a favorite of both kids and kids-at-heart because of its signature sweetstyle sauce, loaded with chunky slices of savory ham, ground meat, and hotdog. Other classic menu favorites include the juicy and cheesy Jolly Hotdog, and the Peach Mango Pie, which is made with real Philippine sweet mangoes and a flaky golden brown crust.

tude of excited Jollibee patrons waiting to get their hands on their Jollibee favorites, but also first-timers waiting to have their own Jollibee experience," said Jose Miñana, Jollibee Foods Corporation's Group President for North America. "There's no greater joy for us than serving the needs and tastes of Jollibee fans in the community. At Jollibee, we aim to bring families together for happy moments over great tasting food with superior value, served with warm and friendly service – our own brand of joy." The brand has become a symbol of nostalgia and warm childhood memories for many overseas Filipinos in the U.S. To many, Jollibee is the go-to restaurant of Filipinos for both special

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Healthcare facilities are expanding at an astounding rate to match the population boom and increased need in Central Florida. AdventHealth is expanding its footprint in Polk County with a new four-story hospital and emergency department off Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven. In Lakeland, Orlando Health is expanding, planning a hospital and surrounding campus in the fast-growing South Lakeland area.

Everyone wants to put their “best face forward,” and that means paying attention to anti-aging skin care. However, there is a dizzying amount of information and an array of products out there aimed at fighting the signs of aging on your skin, so it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start. Test your knowledge of some common practices for keeping your skin looking healthy.

Let’s Talk About Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease may be a familiar phrase to many, but most people are still unfamiliar with the condition. Dr. Cara NelsonJames of Central Florida Health Care explains what you need to know about the disease, risk factors, and treatment.

Funding the Future Since 1965, Polk State College has instructed, encouraged, and placed about 21,500 students into successful nursing careers. Now that program will have even more to offer thanks to a new partnership. AdventHealth will contribute $1.7 million to the Polk State College Foundation to provide more resources to enhance and build PSC’s nursing program.


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his is the time of year when we start measuring, reflecting, and preparing for the next chapter. People like to ask whether it’s been a good year, and my response will always be the same: Every year is a good year. Each day is a gift from the Good Lord above, and we decide how to spend those hours we are granted. At Central Florida Health News, we spend our days working hand in hand with the medical community and the Polk County Medical Association to tell your stories of health, survival, advancement, and awareness. It’s our pleasure to share the noble mission, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. As the year comes to a close, we have a final gift for you tucked inside this edition — the 2023 Central Florida Physicians Directory and Medical Providers Guide. We work tirelessly for months to verify the name and contact information of all known doctors in our footprint. It is a labor of love, though, because we know how helpful it is for individuals looking for the ultimate referral guide. Plus, this year the directory is more accessible than ever because now it is available online in a searchable format at CentralFloridaPhysiciansDirectory. com! As the year winds down, I’d like to thank our readers, community partners, advertisers, and the whole team here at Central Florida Media Group. We love what we do, and any time you get to wake up each morning and do what you love, life is good. So has it been a good year? By God, yes. Have a happy and safe holiday! HN

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he holidays swoop through the year end in a whirlwind of gatherings, hope, anticipation, and expectations. Are you ready for it? The season seems to creep up on us right when we’re feeling ragged from the chaos but still wanting to look our best for the family dinners and all those photos. From bright, smooth skin to energy to make that late party, we’ve got you covered. This edition of Central Florida Health News is full of ideas to help you look and feel your best during the holidays and even the rest of the year. Although IV hydration is not cleared through the FDA, many people are turning to it for wellness. Winter Haven’s New You IV bar, which opened earlier this year, offers mixes of vitamins and nutrients in the way of “cocktails.” Some of them include alpha-lipoic acid, L arginine, biotin, L glutamine, and magnesium. Their services extend beyond IVs to botox

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and dermal fillers — all under the supervision of a nurse practitioner. If you’re looking for a quick pick-meup for your skin that you can do at home, our Healthy Cook feature delves into simple food ingredients that make for convenient and cheap face scrubs. If wrinkles or sagging jowls have you down, check out our pop quiz to learn the best and safest ways to combat those signs of aging. Plus, don’t miss our coverage of two new hospitals that are planned for Winter Haven and Lakeland. The growth couldn’t come at a better time. Our area is booming, and that means more people in need of health care. On behalf of the Polk County Medical Association, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season! HN

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December 1 – Total Joint Replacement This free class is for patients who have a total joint replacement surgery scheduled, plus one guest per patient. All attendees must wear a face mask over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the building. The class will be held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Winter Haven Hospital – Wellness Conference Room, 200 Ave F NE in Winter Haven. For more information, please call 855-2694777, or go online to register at www.baycare.org/ events.

December 1 – Maternity Center Orientation Virtual Prepare for delivery at BayCare by attending a virtual tour of the Maternity Center. This is a free class for expectant mothers. One support person may also attend. The class will take place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. For more information, please visit www. baycare.org/events or call 855-269-4777.

December 1 – Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Lights Festival Count down to the lighting of the campus Christmas tree while enjoying entertainment, children’s activities, and giveaways (while supplies last). A very special guest will be on hand to delight the kids and spread holiday cheer. Registration at www.baycare.org/events/ is encouraged for this free event. The festivities will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, located at 6600 Madison St in New Port Richey. For more information, please call 855-269-4777.

December 4 – Let’s Talk Puberty for Boys St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is sponsoring this informative session for boys ages 10 to 13 to help them understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty, the male reproductive system, and ways to maintain a healthy body during the first half of the class. The second half will give an overview of the female changes of puberty, female reproductive system, and a discussion of conception and abstinence. This course is $35 and will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. For more information, please call 855-269-4777 or visit www.baycare.org/events.

December 6 – Breastfeeding Support Group Virtual From 10 – 11 a.m. breastfeeding mothers can get together online to support each other and talk with certified breastfeeding consultants for free. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. For more information, please call 855-269-4777 or visit www.baycare.org/events.

December 6 – Boot Camp for New Dads Virtual BayCare Health Systems is offering a virtual class just for expectant fathers, taught by a certified facilitator. Access to a camera and microphone is encouraged but not required. The $25 course will cover fatherhood, life changes, relationship changes, and hands-on experience. Previous participants will be involved with their own infants to offer their personal wisdom. You will receive course materials by mail before the class. This class will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. You can get more information by calling 855-269-4777, or go to www.baycare.org/events to register online.

December 8 – FREE Community Lecture – Managing Low Back Pain Join Watson Clinic Chiropractic Medicine Provider Jalen Banks, DC, at 6 p.m. as he discusses some of the common causes of low back pain, as well as the most effective and least invasive treatments used to manage it, including decompression. This informative lecture will take place at Watson Clinic Center for Specialized Rehabilitation, located at 2190 E County Rd 540A in Lakeland. Please call (863) 680-7718 to RSVP, or go online to www. WatsonClinic.com/Events.

December 14 – Wind Down Wednesday at the Clinic! Parkview Medical Clinic Open House Check out the clinic, learn about the services offered, and take a tour while enjoying food, drinks, and entertainment from 5 – 7 p.m. Medical professionals can also learn about opportunities to work or volunteer at the clinic. Parkview Medical Clinic is located at 1205 Dr. Martin Luther King Way in Haines City. Please RSVP by Monday, December 12 to the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce, (863) 422-3751 or email info@northeastpolkchamber.com.

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This is a free virtual class only for expectant mothers. One support person may also attend. Learn about preeclampsia and its signs and symptoms, plus how to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle for reduced risk of heart disease and high blood pressure later in life. A microphone and camera is not required, but is encouraged. The class will take place from 7 – 8:30 p.m. For more information, please call 855-269-4777, or go online to register at www.baycare.org/events.



HEALTHCARE BOOM AdventHealth To Open New Hospital in Winter Haven; Orlando Health To Expand Into Lakeland by PAUL CATALA


ealthcare facilities are expanding at an astounding rate to match the population boom and increased need in Central Florida.

AdventHealth is expanding its footprint in Polk County with a new four-story hospital and emergency department off Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven. In Lakeland, Orlando Health is expanding, planning a hospital and surrounding campus in the fast-growing South Lakeland area. This planned construction is further evidence of the growth in Polk County, which expanded from 603,000 residents in 2010 to 753,500 by 2021. AdventHealth, a Seventh-Day Adventist nonprofit healthcare system headquartered in Altamonte Springs, recently announced its plans for a new, four-story hospital in Winter Haven. The 42 acres north of Cypress Gardens Boulevard, south of River Lake and west of Cypress Gardens Road will eventually become a medical campus for the 192-bed AdventHealth Winter Haven hospital with an emergency department and 160,000 square feet of medical offices and ancillary facilities. The AdventHealth expansion plans were given final approval when the Winter Haven City Commission unanimously approved the development November 14.

“The southeast section of Winter Haven is growing in leaps and bounds, and this will make it a lot easier when time is sensitive for medical issues for the citizens to get medical care,” says Winter Haven City Commissioner J.P. Powell. “It’s necessary. The other alternative was going to Lake Wales or Haines City, and with medical issues. time is of the essence. It will be a real asset.” According to AdventHealth, the first phase of construction will include a freestanding emergency room that will open before the hospital is completed. Once open, hospital services will include primary care, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedic, and urological specialty medical services. Tim Clark, president and CEO of the AdventHealth Polk Market, has worked at AdventHealth for 19 years in various positions. He started as president and CEO of the Polk Market on June 5. He says the new hospital will bring “whole-person care to residents close to home,” particularly in the southeast section of Winter Haven. Once completed, the new hospital will be part of a network of AdventHealth centers already operational in areas such as Carrollwood (Tampa), Dade City, Lake Placid, Lake Wales, Sebring, and Wauchula. It will also be among five freestanding offsite AdventHealth emergency rooms, including those in Brandon, Palm Harbor and Tampa’s Westchase community. In addition to AdventHealth, Orlando Health’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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veryone wants to put their “best face forward,” and that means paying attention to anti-aging skin care. However, there is a dizzying amount of information and an array of products out there aimed at fighting the signs of aging on your skin, so it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start. Test your knowledge of some common practices for keeping your skin looking healthy.

and over-the-counter skin products B. A type of retinoid that’s routinely used to improve uneven skin tone, pigmentation, and texture C. A good option for someone with mild acne, mild pigmentation irregularities, or mild fine lines and wrinkles D. All of the above 10. Which of the following do dermatologists NOT recommend when it comes to using retinols? A. Those with skin allergies or dryness are probably not good candidates for using retinols. B. There is no need to talk with a dermatologist to determine whether retinoids are right for you. C. Start by using the least-intense retinoid formula you can find, and use it every other night to start. D. Use it only at night, because retinols can make skin more sensitive to the sun, and always use sun protection during the day. 11. W ho should see a dermatologist before using retinoids? A. Those who have moderate or severe acne scarring B. Those whose acne is associated with their menstrual periods or other hormonal changes C. Those who have a lot of redness or inflammation in their skin D. Those with darker skin prone to skin irritation E. All of the above 12. What are treatment options beyond moisturizers and retinol? A. Chemical peels, where a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove damaged cells B. Non-invasive options like laser resurfacing, ultrasound, and radiofrequency for tightening sagging skin C. Invasive procedures like fillers and facelifts D. All of the above 13. Which of the following is the best resource for helping you to fight the signs of skin aging, especially when it comes to procedures? A. Friends and family C. The internet B. Beauty magazines D. A board-certified dermatologist ANSWERS: 1. C. Sunscreens and moisturizers 2. D. All of the above. 3. True. 4. True.

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1. W hich of the following do dermatologists agree are the two most-effective anti-aging products you should use? A. Retinoids and retinols B. Face masks and chemical peels C. Sunscreens and moisturizers D. Face scrubs and exfoliants 2. What should you look for on your sunscreen label? A. Broad spectrum C. Water resistance B. SPF 30 (or higher) D. All of the above 3. True or false? The product label “clinically proven” means that the product was given to consumers to try. It does NOT mean the product underwent clinical trials and received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 4. True or false? Dermatologists recommend trying one antiaging product at a time because using several products at once can irritate your skin, and irritated skin makes aging signs more noticeable. 5. True or false? Dermatologists recommend testing a new anti-aging skin product by applying a small amount of the product on your inner forearm twice a day for four to five days. If you do not have a reaction, it is likely safe for you to apply to your face. 6. Which of the following are signs that your anti-aging product is irritating your skin? A. It causes skin redness. C. Your skin gets very dry. B. It stings, burns, or tingles. D, All of the above 7. True or false? Most products take at least six weeks to work, and sometimes it can take up to three months. 8. What are retinoids? A. Vitamin A-based products used on skin, such as to treat acne B. Anti-aging components in your skin C. Signs of sun damage in your skin D. Supplements that fight skin aging 9. What is retinol? A. An anti-aging component found in both prescription



Let’s Talk About Sickle Cell Disease by TERESA SCHIFFER sponsored by Central Florida Health Care


ickle cell disease may be a familiar phrase to many, but most people are still unfamiliar with the condition.

“Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders of the red blood cells,” says Dr. Cara Nelson-James of Central Florida Health Care. “It affects close to 100,000 Americans, and it largely affects people of African descent. You’ll find that both in Africa and in people of African descent in the United States or in South America or even parts of Europe. It’s carried by a gene that affects the hemoglobin.” Hemoglobin is the vehicle for oxygen within the blood. When the hemoglobin is compromised, it impairs the body’s ability to deliver vital oxygen to various tissues and organs. This can result in a multitude of serious health issues, including severe pain. The most serious form of sickle cell disease is HbSS, also known as “sickle cell anemia.” This occurs when the patient has inherited two copies of the sickle cell gene, one from each parent. When this is the case, the individual’s red blood cells become rigid and sickleshaped, thereby causing blockages in the small blood vessels. “The hallmark of this disease is pain because small blood vessels get blocked by these abnormally shaped blood cells,” Nelson-

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get the appropriate vaccinations required for sickle cell disease to prevent infection because a baby with sickle cell disease can’t fight infection as well as a healthy baby. In addition, Nelson-James says hydration is really essential, as is good management. There are a couple of treatments that help maintain the shape of the cells, the main one being hydroxyurea. Managing the disorder is imperative because the only treatments currently known that are effective at actually treating sickle cell anemia carry significant risks and challenges. “The only known cure right now for sickle cell disease is a bone marrow transplant or stem cells,” Nelson-James elaborates. “Those treatments are really dangerous, and, of course, there is the challenge of not having enough donor matches.” Access to treatment can also be an obstacle for patients who suffer from a severe form of sickle cell disease, especially if they live in a rural or otherwise underserved area. Central Florida Health Care and its doctors are a valuable resource for those wanting to learn more about or seek treatment for the disease.






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here’s a new bar in Winter Haven, and this one won’t have you holding your head with regret in the morning! This bar specializes in wellness and hydration, so after a visit you’ll feel better than before and your body will thank you for the TLC. What is this place serving that has customers raving? Intravenous infusions of vital nutrients and fluids. Nurse practitioner Shelby Jones opened the doors of New You in May of this year, and she’s already established a reputation as a trusted provider of this type of treatment. “I have been a nurse for over 10 years, and I worked at Winter Haven Hospital in the MICU for the first part of my nursing career,” Jones says of her medical background. “When I

graduated with my master’s and became board-certified as a Nurse Practitioner, I worked mobile and I did assisted living, nursing homes, and hospice.” Jones enjoyed her work, but she was troubled by the way some physicians handled their patients’ health issues. “Especially with Covid, it became obvious to me that a lot of people’s physicians are pushing mainstream meds. They’re doing a lot of, ‘Take a pill for this, take a pill for that,’ and I don’t like that,” explains Jones. “The other thing is, during COVID, insurance companies cracked down on a lot of guidelines on what was approved and what wasn’t, so I found myself spending a lot more time fighting insurance companies centralfloridahealthnews.com

for approval of things than actually caring for people.” Jones prefers a more holistic approach to health, focusing on wellness over illness. That’s the philosophy behind New You and its menu of “cocktails” — combinations of vitamins and minerals designed to hydrate and heal the body. “We have customizable IV bags that we can customize for you based on your conditions, your symptoms, your lab values, any of those things,” Jones describes. “Oral vitamins are only absorbed about 30 percent through your GI tract, so a lot of people are wasting tons of money on vitamins and supplements that your body isn’t even absorbing. However, if you do it intravenously, it’s pretty much 80 to 90 percent absorbed through your bloodstream.” The infusions offered at New You can be designed for each person’s individual needs and preferences. Some are used as preventive health maintenance or beauty treatments, while others are created to help patients who live with chronic health conditions, are recovering from invasive procedures, or who are undergoing physically harsh treatments such as chemotherapy.

cells from any illness, inflammation, chemo, the common cold, anything. It helps your cells regenerate. It helps restructure your broken cells, the ones that have already been attacked. It also detoxes your liver.” Jones says Glutathione also has been proven to help with blood sugar levels, which makes it a good option for diabetics because it will help lower their blood sugar without having to take metformin or a glipizide. “You’re not going to be off your meds completely, but it is going to give you an alternate therapy to just having to take a prescribed medication,” she says. IV treatments take about 45 minutes. If you’re pressed for time or just don’t like the idea of getting an IV, New You offers an alternative. “We do injections, too, like B12, weight loss, and vitamin D. Pretty much any of our IVs can be mixed into a shot if you don’t want an IV, but you don’t get the same benefit from it just because of the volume of it,” Jones says.

These treatments are generally not covered by insurance, so Jones aims to keep the prices reasonable. IV “We have a lot of post-bariatric infusions start at $140 for Quench or surgery patients,” says Jones. “Certain Reboot, two formulas that primarily vitamins are absorbed through rehydrate and detoxify the body. your GI tract and in your stomach, Amanda Lawson of Winter Haven receives the Brainstorm The Myers Cocktail, at $175, is the so now you have a quarter of the mixture through her IV. This was Lawson’s first visit to most inclusive IV premix, containing stomach that you did, so your food The New You after hearing about it from a friend. magnesium, B-complex vitamins, doesn’t sit there and you can’t eat the The New You menu includes a smorgasbord calcium, vitamin C, and more. same amount, so your body is not of optional add-ons to create the perfect mix Its benefits include hydration, improved absorbing the vitamins it needs to.” of nutrients for a particular client. Ingredients immunity, reduction in chronic pain, and Many people are already deficient in various such as alpha-lipoic acid, L arginine, biotin, L migraine relief. Injections range from $30 to micronutrients, and those who live with glutamine, magnesium, and more are offered $80. chronic conditions that affect the digestive system, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) so clients can add or subtract from a formula In addition to the IV cocktails and or Crohn’s disease, can be even more greatly as desired in order to get their ideal blend. customizable injections, New You also offers impacted by vitamin deficiencies. “Glutathione is a super powerful antioxidant,” some cosmetic treatments, like Botox and “This is like giving your body a boost without Jones says of one of the popular add- other neurotoxins to smooth wrinkles, and having to take a prescribed pill for it,” Jones on options. “It’s great for cell recovery, dermal fillers to add volume to sagging jowls mitochondrial rebuilding, if you have damaged and plump up the lips. HN summarizes of the treatments she offers. centralfloridahealthnews.com

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What Is Bell’s Palsy?




ell’s Palsy is a condition in which one side of the face typically experiences temporary paralysis, often lasting from 3-6 months. It results from a dysfunction of the 7th cranial nerve, also referred to as the facial nerve, which controls the muscles on the side of your face. Affected muscles include those which control blinking and facial expressions such as smiling. As with most diseases, the symptoms can vary in severity. However, the most common symptom of Bell’s Palsy is sudden weakness on one side of the face. Other symptoms include drooping of the mouth or inability to close the eye on the affected side; facial pain, altered taste, and intolerance to loud noise can also be experienced. The cause of Bell’s Palsy is unknown but is felt to be related to a problem with the immune system, reduced blood flow to the facial nerve, or a viral infection that can cause swelling and inflammation in the facial nerve. Bell’s Palsy is usually diagnosed based on clinical presentation. No specific tests are used to diagnose, but blood work and imaging are often done to rule out accompanying diseases. Since it is usually temporary, no systemic treatments are generally considered, but corticosteroids or antivirals are sometimes used. Ocular treatment includes drops, gels, or ointments to protect the eye in cases where it is left exposed from the lack of full lid closure. Other treatments involve taping or patching the eye, and surgical options can be considered in severe forms. Although Bell’s Palsy can be a frightening paralysis of the face, it is temporary in the vast majority of cases. The only necessary treatments are keeping the eyes comfortable and well-lubricated. If you are due for an eye exam or would like to discuss Bell’s Palsy further with one of our doctors, please call us at 800-282-3937 to schedule an appointment or visit our website, EYESFL.COM.

This column is sponsored by Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFHN or of its advertisers. Bio: Dr. Edward Attaway is an optometrist who practices at the Winter Haven location for Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida. He is currently accepting new patients.

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AdventHealth to Provide $1.7 Million for Polk State Program story and photos by PAUL CATALA


ince 1965, Polk State College has instructed, encouraged, and placed about 21,500 students into successful nursing careers. On average, 430 nurses graduate from the school’s nursing college each year. Now that program will have even more to offer thanks to a new partnership with AdventHealth. A collaborative partnership between AdventHealth and Polk State College formally launched on November 15. As part of the partnership, AdventHealth will contribute $1.7 million to the Polk State College Foundation. That money will be used to provide more resources to enhance and build PSC’s nursing program. During an AdventHealth-PSC partnership announcement event in the college’s library, AdventHealth officials joined PSC administrators, instructors and students to officially launch the joint philanthropiceducational effort. Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti praised PSC’s associate in science in nursing 2021 graduates, which had a nearly 91 percent pass rate on the nursing National Council Licensure

Examination, compared to 64 percent at the state level and 82 percent nationally. She also mentioned the college’s new dean of nursing would be the first endowed dean position in PSC history. “We are excited about the future,” she ULM said. “We look NANCY forward to the future of the program, and I look forward to the continued program partnership.” AdventHealth’s financial contribution will go to the Polk State College Foundation to provide resources to the nursing program, which includes Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees. According to PSC, the demand for registered nurses continues to grow nationally and locally. RNs are listed on the 2021- 2022 Regional Demand Occupations List for Polk County with approximately 300 vacancies open each year. The AdventHealth Dean of Nursing will provide support for the expansion of PSC’s limited-access nursing program while helping to keep the college at the forefront of industry change through the direct partnership with AdventHealth. Tim Clark, president and CEO of the AdventHealth Polk Market, called the CONTINUED ON PAGE 20



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ho says copious quantities of sugar aren’t good for your health? Well, it may depend on how you use the sugar — ingesting huge quantities may be unhealthy, but sugar can be surprisingly effective when used in a mix as a facial scrub and exfoliator. It can also be good for your wallet, when compared with the cost of commercial preparations. Sugar generally is considered to be gentle on the skin. However, some people with sensitive skin might experience irritation, so it’s important to consult a dermatologist before trying anything new. A patch test can also be valuable when starting a different routine. Dermatologists recommend using a moisturizer immediately after face scrubs and exfoliators. It can be surprising how many other foods also have health benefits. Coffee, eggs, oatmeal, and fruits like banana and strawberry can be incorporated in a skincare routine, as well as rose petals. In addition, finely ground oatmeal, cinnamon, ground rice, and small quantities of baking soda are gentle enough to use on the skin as a scrub. To create a scrub, select which food you will use, and then select a carrier oil. Common carrier oils to consider include almond, avocado, coconut, jojoba, and olive. Essential oils also can be used. It’s important that your carrier oil is room temperature and liquid. Although it is best to make the scrub just before you use it, it is also possible to make some extra and store it for later in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Once mixed, apply your scrub to cleansed skin in gentle circles for about 1 minute, let it sit on your skin for 1-2 minutes, then rinse your face thoroughly. Here are some scrubs to start with, adapted from Healthline.

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Green Tea Sugar Scrub (Perfect for exfoliation, and the tea has antioxidant properties)

Aloe Vera Sugar Scrub (Thirsty skin loves this one!) Ingredients: Aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon, preferably straight from the plant Sugar, 1-1/4 teaspoons, or more if preferred Olive oil

Brown Sugar or Honey Sugar Scrub (Great for exfoliation and moisture) Ingredients: Sugar of choice, 1/2 cup Carrier oil of choice, can be coconut, olive, almond Honey, 1-1/2 tablespoons Essential oil of choice, few drops, if desired

Ingredients: Green tea bags, 2 steeped in 1/2 cup very hot water, leave bags in until liquid is cool Brown sugar, 1-1/4 cups Coconut oil, 1/4 cup melted

Rose Scrub (Offers gentle exfoliation that leaves skin plump and glowing) Ingredients: Rose petals, 12 Rose oil, 9 drops Water, 1-1/2 teaspoons Sugar of choice, 1 cup Honey, 2 tablespoons, raw preferred



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(Adapted from goodhousekeeping.com) Ingredients: Plain yogurt, 1 cup Almond meal, 1/3 cup Mashed strawberries, 1/2 cup Raw apple cider vinegar, splash Directions: Mix thoroughly, lightly blend onto skin, leave 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Oatmeal Scrub (Exfoliating and soothing) Ingredients: Rolled oats, 1/3 cup uncooked and finely ground Honey, 2 tablespoons raw Carrier oil of choice or a mashed banana and Greek yogurt as carrier

Anti-aging Face Scrub (Adapted from goodhousekeeping.com) Ingredients: Grape seed oil, 3 tablespoons Almonds, 6 teaspoons ground Honey, 1-1/2 teaspoons warmed Rose oil or oil of choice, 3 drops Directions: Mix thoroughly together, buff onto face and decolletage gently, then rinse with warm water.

Turmeric and Sugar Scrub Coffee Scrub (Anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritation with a side of gentle exfoliation) Ingredients: Coffee, 1 cup finely ground as for pourover Brown sugar, 1 cup Avocado and coconut oils, 2 tablespoons each

(Adapted from timesofindia.indiatimes.com) Ingredients: Turmeric powder, 1-1/2 tablespoons Sugar of choice, 1-1/2 teaspoons Honey, 1-1/2 teaspoons Directions: Mix together thoroughly, apply gently and leave on your face for about 15 minutes, then wash with warm water. Turmeric is believed to help fight acne and lighten dark circles as well as helping slough off dead skin. Be careful, though, as turmeric stains clothing badly.

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Dr. Aparajita is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon and has been serving the Polk County community for the past 1 year. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at University of Delhi, India. She then completed a research fellowship in vascular surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and a residency in General Surgery at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, she completed her fellowship training in Vascular Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Aparajita is also a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK (MRCS Ed) and completed her Basic Surgical Training in England soon after her medical school. Dr. Aparajita is the co-author of more than two dozen journal articles, publications and oral presentations, including topics such as endovascular treatment for thrombosis, aortic aneurysm repair, stroke, peripheral artery disease and other vascular conditions. Additional posts and volunteer work include a teaching position at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and as a Member of the Public and Professional Outreach Committee as well as the International Relations Committee at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). Dr. Aparajita was recently nominated for the American Medical Association (AMA) Inspiration Award that recognizes physicians who have contributed to the achievements of women in the medical profession.

Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis


MD, RPVI eep vein thrombosis is a serious medical RITU APARAJITA, KSC Cardiology condition that affects millions of people but thankfully is preventable. This is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein of the body, usually the thigh, leg, and rarely the arm. The worst complication is that the blood clot can break off and travel inside the vein to the lung and ventilation, leading to death. This is called pulmonary embolism (PE). There are several risk factors responsible for deep venous thrombosis. These can be divided into: 1. Injury to the blood vessel — for example, by fractures, severe muscle RITU APARAJITA, MD, MRCS (Ed), MBBS injury, and Specialty: major surgery of the&hip, pelvis or abdomen, Vascular Endovascular Surgery or legs 2. Slow movement of theCardiology blood withinNovember the vein: Immobility Joining KSC 9, 2020especially after surgery or fracture or while recovering from a medical condition or stroke 3. Increased likelihood of clotting of the blood within the vein — for example, certain birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy and for several months after giving birth, and the absence of certain inherited factors in the blood There are many other conditions predisposed to developing deep venous thrombosis, such cancer and its treatment, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, a previous episode of deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism or a family history of DVT or PE, dehydration, family history of DVT or PE, obesity, and a catheter in a vein.

Symptoms of DVT Pain and a feeling of tightness are symptoms of DVT, as well as swelling associated with that particular limb that is not relieved by normal painkillers. A diagnosis is usually made with the help of a special kind of ultrasound (duplex) examination.


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The main treatment is an anticoagulant, which is a medicine taken orally or even in an injectable form. Medical-grade compression stockings should be worn to prevent incidence of complications related to the deep venous thrombosis. Over several months, the blood clot is dissolved by the enzymes present in the blood within the body. Newer modalities of treatment, including clot-busting medications, mechanical suction, catheter-directed thrombolysis, and thrombectomy are available now. I’ll discuss those treatments in next month’s column. This column is sponsored by KSC Cardiology, and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFHN or of its advertisers. BIO: Dr. Aparajita is a fellowship-trained vascular and endovascular surgeon. She is a co-author of 20+ journal articles and publications and was recently nominated for an Inspiration Award by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Funding the Future of Nursing



Kybella Injections Target Fat in Chin, Neck

We are excited about the future. We look forward to the future of the program, and I look forward to the continued program partnership. ALEX W. KENNON, MD, FAAD


f you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your chin and neck area, Kybella might be for you. Kybella is the commercial name for deoxycholic acid, a product that kills fat cells. This acid actually already exists in our bodies, just in the digestive system. It breaks down fats so they’re more easily digested. It can also perform a similar function in other parts of the body; it can be used on non-cancerous tumors made of fat cells as a non-invasive way to destroy them. Kybella is used as a cosmetic treatment option for the area underneath the chin, tackling the infamous double chin.

What Does Kybella Involve? Kybella is injected into the chin and neck area, typically in two separate treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. During each treatment, the practitioner will administer up to 50 injections of Kybella spaced about a centimeter away from each other. Patients can receive up to 6 treatments, but most receive 2. Each treatment takes approximately 20 minutes, and patients can return to work directly following the office visit.

What Are the Side Effects? While you can return to normal activity right after your Kybella treatment, patients may experience some side effects at the injection site, such as bruising, swelling, redness, and temporary numbness in the affected area. Other side effects you might experience from Kybella include difficulty swallowing, nerve injury, or temporary or permanent beard hair loss.

— Angela Garcia Falconetti, Polk State College President forged partnership an “honor” and would help AdventHealth’s nurse recruitment effort. He said it costs about $50,000 to recruit one RN to AdventHealth, adding that PSC nursing school graduates are “highly desirable” in the field. The money will help PSC nursing college to recruit new nursing students and retain those already enrolled. “This gift will keep nurses at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. I look forward to many of you [PSC nursing students] looking to AdventHealth as an [career] option,” said Clark. AdventHealth West Florida Division includes facilities in Tampa, Dade City, Lake Wales, Sebring, Wauchula, and Wesley Chapel. The company also has seven freestanding offsite emergency rooms. At the event, PSC nursing student Zachary Weathers, who is set to graduate in December, reflected on his experience at the school and what he thinks the new partnership will forge for future students. “(Nursing school) has been rigorous; it’s not for the faint-of-heart,” he said. “But it has inspired my passion to care for others. I’m excited to hear about the innovation that will be derived through this incredible gift.” The 45-minute ceremony concluded with comments from Vincent King, interim executive director for the PSC Foundation, who said more than 50 years from now, there will be children of the nursing school graduates who are proud of what their parents accomplished in the field of nursing. He said his mother was a registered nurse for 33 years, and through the AdventHealth-Polk State College partnership, there will be even more chances for pride in the profession. “You have my word I’ll be an engaged participant in this stewardship,” King said. HN

Why Choose Kybella? Patients choose Kybella because it’s a non-surgical and noninvasive way to tackle excess fat under the chin. It also has a quick recovery time and minimal risks, which can be discussed with a trained medical professional. Recipients can expect to see results in 6 to 8 weeks, noticing a less-pronounced double chin and a tightening of the skin in the area. More than 79% of people from studies all across the globe stated they were happier with how their chin and neck looked after receiving Kybella. This column is sponsored by Lakeside Dermatology, and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFHN or of its advertisers. Dr. Alex W. Kennon, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist who is fellowshiptrained in Mohs micrographic surgery. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Florida State University and completed his dermatology residency at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Lakeside Dermatology has offices in Sebring and Winter Haven.

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Marking World AIDS Day With Education by DR. JOY JACKSON


ince 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed internationally on December 1 as a day of solidarity and awareness for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County wants to eliminate the spread of HIV, provide facts about HIV/ AIDS to our communities, and promote testing and treatment.

What Is HIV/AIDS? HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s

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How Does HIV Spread? HIV is most commonly spread by unprotected anal or vaginal sex

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Prevent HIV There are several ways to protect yourself and others from getting HIV. You

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Living With HIV If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, get into care as soon as possible and start taking your HIV medications as prescribed. If you do that, the HIV virus in your blood (the viral load) will, ideally, become undetectable. It’s important to remember that a person whose viral load is undetectable can’t transmit HIV to their partners via sex nor any other HIV transmission method. Undetectable equals untransmittable!

Testing The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested for HIV. You can protect yourself by getting tested regularly if you engage in behaviors that could lead to getting HIV. The CDC recommends that individuals between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and those with risk factors get tested more frequently. A general rule for those with risk factors is to get tested at least annually. For HIV testing and treatment, please call the Department of Health in Polk County at 863-519-7900. HN ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Joy Jackson, an internal medicine physician, serves the community as director of the Florida department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk). For more information about DOH-Polk, visit mypolkhealth.org. Follow DOH-Polk on Twitter at twitter.com/FLHealthPolk.


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foray into Polk County will help to create more medical access points, particularly along Interstate 4, for individuals living in South Lakeland. Founded more than 100 years ago, Orlando Health is a nonprofit healthcare organization with $7.6 billion in assets that is headquartered in Orlando and serves the southeastern United States. Orlando Health’s Lakeland Highlands Hospital will be located on 80 acres south of the Polk Parkway at Lakeland Highlands Road and the Winter Lake Extension Road. Pre-construction work is already underway, and construction will begin in early 2023 with an expected opening in summer 2026, according to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The first phase of the multi-story hospital will have 136 inpatient beds and 24 emergency department beds. Plans for future phases call for an expansion to 360 beds. Orlando Health officials have already been meeting with City of Lakeland officials and community leaders over the past several months. “When we open, we will have enough capacity in Phase I to address immediate needs that will serve us for the first four to five years of operation,” says John Moore, senior vice president of Orlando Health West Region and president of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. “Going forward, expansion will be based on analytics and will occur in phases of approximately 90- to 120-bed increments.” CENTRAL FLORIDA HEALTH EXPO 2023 SPRING SEASON

Orlando Health will build in an area already served by Lakeland Regional Hospital and Bartow Memorial Medical Center and has used market data to bring medical services to areas where additional medical care is needed. The new Orlando Health Lakeland Highlands Hospital is planned to include a 20,000-square-foot ambulatory surgical center; 240,000 square feet of medical office space; a 20,000 square feet of retail space; and a 150-room hotel to accommodate patients and their families. “Hotel accommodations play an important role when providing health care,” says Moore, who’s responsible for developing, leading, and implementing the hospital’s strategic and operational direction. “They are an extremely important factor when discussing outpatient procedures, especially for those driving in who have a procedure on day one and a follow-up appointment with a surgeon the next day.” Moore says Orlando Health’s strategic planning team conducted research and reviews to determine areas in Polk County that are lacking in certain medical services that can be provided by Orlando Health. He cites Lakeland Regional Hospital having the highest-volume emergency department in the area, “which is a challenge for any one facility to manage.”

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Additionally, Orlando Health Lakeland Highlands Hospital will have a larger inpatient capacity than what was originally planned, says Dr. Jamal Hakim, chief operating officer. “As one of the state’s fastest growing communities, Orlando Health recognizes that it needs to accelerate its delivery of high-quality, outcome-based health care to these communities,” he says. “We are excited about our revised plan and its many benefits for the community.” The addition to Polk County — and more specifically Lakeland’s — health care options are welcome, says Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz. He says the city’s growth must consider how it enhances “quality of life through community health.”

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“Orlando Health’s Lakeland expansion provides expanded services on a timely basis to support our growth,” says Mutz. “The significant capital investment and historical quality of health care provided by Orlando Health will become a timely and necessary addition for our citizens.” HN centralfloridahealthnews.com







he fall season of the Central Florida Health Expo has been quite the success, and it’s not over yet! The Expo still has one date left this year on December 9. We received strong feedback on the November expo from exhibitors and visitors alike who said it provided a great networking experience. We have more great vendors lined up for the December 9 event, including WellCare, Humana, Simply Healthcare, CarePlus, The Club, and Young Living Essentials. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with each of our vendors, and the wealth of knowledge they bring to the table is impressive. It’s the perfect way to get more information, ask questions, and learn more about healthcare services in the community. We’re also excited to announce that we’ve set expo dates for the spring! Mark your calendars for: • January 13 • February 10 • March 17 Expos are held at International Market World in Auburndale. To learn more, visit CentralFloridaHealthExpo.com. To reserve a booth, contact Cinda Shelby at 863-248-7537 Ext. 4 or Cinda@ CentralFloridaMediaGroup.com. HN

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