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Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center Architects Win Design Award

The architecture and design firm for Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center has earned a design award from The American Institute of Architects Orlando at its recent annual Awards for Design Excellence Banquet. HuntonBrady Architects of Orlando received the prestigious honor for its work on the Cancer Center’s expansion and renovation.

The project, currently under construction, will add 21,800 square feet to the center at 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

“We are excited the design of our Cancer Center expansion project has earned such great recognition from the American Institute of Architects Orlando,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Growth Officer. “Our Cancer Center is a place of serenity, hope and healing. HuntonBrady’s design will greatly enhance this nurturing environment.”

Details of the enhancements include:

  • 40 new chemotherapy stations with lake views
  • Pharmacy expansion
  • 250 seat teaching auditorium
  • Additional parking
  • Facility entry for stretchers and roadway access for ambulance and transport vehicles
  • An inspiring chapel

The location of the new chemotherapy infusion area at Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center was selected to create a lakefront view for each patient. The chemotherapy stations are grouped in pods of six, with direct views to the lake and a beautiful expanse of old growth oak tree hammock. The challenging concept drove the design of an undulating facade that provides undisturbed views for every patient. The design of the lakeside garden and the outdoor terrace complements the architecture based on the same fluid geometries. The interior architecture transforms the patient experience through clean and bright spaces, views to nature and natural light.

The AIA design jury commended HuntonBrady for resolving an evidence-based design concept through a spatial strategy and said the connection of patients to nature was well thought out.

“We are so proud our team members are being honored by the AIA Orlando for their outstanding design,” said Chuck Cole, President of HuntonBrady Architects. “The Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center expansion has been an inspiring and gratifying project for our team.”

About HuntonBrady Architects

Established in 1947 in Orlando, HuntonBrady Architects is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm that provides design services to both public and private clients. Its practice areas include healthcare, education, commercial, municipal and religious projects. 

About the American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to increase the number of valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure high professional standards. The AIA also provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Lakeland Regional Health, a not-for-profit, community-based organization serving Polk County and adjacent areas, provides a wide range of healthcare services at its Medical Center, Cancer Center and ambulatory care campuses. As an 851-bed, comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the state’s busiest single site Emergency Department. It handles over 1,300 trauma visits annually and holds accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center. Lakeland Regional Health is transforming the future of healthcare by offering patients the highest quality of care with the lowest possible cost through the use of innovation, technology and evidence-based best practices. For more information about these facilities and services, go to


Lakeland Regional Health Wins International Gallup Workplace Award for Second Consecutive Year

Lakeland Regional Health has been named one of only 40 organizations worldwide to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award. This is the second consecutive year Lakeland Regional Health has been so honored.

The Gallup Great Workplace Award recognizes organizations for their extraordinary ability to create an engaged workplace culture that drives business outcomes. Gallup’s rigorous scientific research links employee engagement to nine integral performance outcomes – customer ratings, profitability, productivity, turnover, safety incidents, shrinkage, absenteeism, patient safety incidents and quality.

“The world’s top-performing organizations help lead the global economy by engaging their workforces,” said Jim Harter, PhD, Gallup’s Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Well-Being. “Gallup’s Great Workplace Award winners understand and acknowledge the importance of employee engagement by making it a vital part of their organization while using it as a driving force to create real business outcomes.”

“We are honored to receive this distinguished award for two years in a row,” said Amy Barry, MBA, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “It is inspiring to know that our culture of relationships and caring consistently results in a nurturing, engaging and productive workplace.”

“Our exceptional team’s hard work and commitment to excellence make international recognition like the Gallup Great Workplace Award possible,” said Elaine Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “We could not be more proud.”

Among this year’s Gallup Great Workplace award recipients are CarMax, Nationwide Insurance, Charles Schwab, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Wells Fargo. Gallup Great Workplace Award winners will be honored at the 2015 Gallup Workplace Summit being held June 2–4, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Top-performing organizations such as Lakeland Regional Health have been found to have an average ratio of nine engaged employees for every one actively disengaged employee. This is more than five times the ratio Gallup found in U.S. polling, and this is more than 16 times what Gallup found in international polling.

The 2015 Gallup Great Workplace Award is one of three major international and national workplace honors Lakeland Regional Health has earned in the last 12 months. Lakeland Regional Health recently was named number 28 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers and featured in Becker’s Health Review’s list of “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.”

To learn more about Gallup visit and for more information on Lakeland Regional Health visit


TOP CHEF OF POLK COUNTY EVENT To Benefit Achievement Academy

Due to the overwhelming appeal of great food as featured on today’s television programming, increasingly high-profile chefs are being recognized for their culinary genius. That energy, excitement and epicurean entrees are coming to Polk County!

The Achievement Academy is proud to announce the chefs participating in “Top Chef of Polk County.”

  • Chef Jason Boniface, Red Door Wine Market
  • Chef Tina Calhoon, Frescos
  • Chef Terry Gracie, Apron’s Cooking School
  • Chef Wayne Haggard, Ovations
  • Chef Stefan Mahan, Mahan’s Eatery
  • Chef Ronald Mayer, Florida Presbyterian Homes
  • Chef “Q” Dennis Quisenberry Jr., Tiger Café at Tiger Town
  • Chef Chad Ward, Whiskey Bent BBQ Supply

The “Top Chef of Polk County” will take place on Monday, April 20, at the Lakeland Center.  Seating begins at 6 p.m.

Reservations are currently being accepted. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are available.  Seating is limited.

To reserve your seats or obtain more information, call (863) 683-6504.



Runner Response Exceptional for Lakeland Regional Health’s First Promise Run To Be Held March 21




Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center’s first Promise Run 5k and 10k foot races are getting a lot of “traction.”

With a few days left before the big event, more than 1,300 runners have signed up to participate.

“We are so pleased to see the community come together for such a special cause,” said Tim Boynton, Director of Advancement for Lakeland Regional Health Foundation. “We are looking forward to seeing Munn Park filled with runners and walkers of all ages.”

On March 21, participants will walk or run throughout the streets of Lakeland, starting and ending at beautiful Munn Park, 201 E. Main St. in Downtown Lakeland. The 10K begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 5k walk/run at 8:35 a.m. The event, which will wind around Lakes Mirror and Morton — and Lake Hollingsworth for the 10k, is overseen by a certified race director from Road Runners Club of America.

All proceeds from race benefit Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center. As a charity healthcare organization, Lakeland Regional Health and its Cancer Center are dedicated to providing effective, safe, timely, efficient and equitable care to all members of the community, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for services. Donations to the Promise Run are welcome, whether or not an individual registers for the event.

On race day, participants and volunteers are invited to sign a special Cancer Center banner located near the Information tent. The note can be a personal message or a thank-you note to a member of the Cancer Center team.

Registration is available until race day for $55 for the 10k and $42 for the 5k. Each participant will receive a shirt, medal and post-race refreshments. Awards presentations will follow each race. The Dan Signor Project will provide live music during the event. Those not interested in running can come to cheer or lend a hand before, during or after the event.

Additional details on the race can be found on

If you would like to come out and cover the race or learn more about Lakeland Regional Health Cancer Center, please contact us for assistance prior to or the morning of the event.


Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC is March Small Business of the Month

SBA - Florida Lifestyle CommunitiesFlorida Lifestyle Communities, LLC
Arthur H. Erickson

(863) 646 2699
146 Horizon Ct
Lakeland, FL 33813




By Curt Wheeler, Florida Lifestyle Communities

Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC, and its affiliate companies plan, develop, and construct lifestyle communities throughout Central Florida, and have succeeded at this for more than 30 years.  The company’s mission is to give each of its customers not only a well-built and well-designed home, but also an attractive, engaging neighborhood environment in a community that fosters friendships, health, and long-term enjoyment of life.   That goal has been achieved by building 4,500 homes throughout the state, including more than 1,800 in the greater Lakeland area.  Local communities include Silver Lakes, Highland Fairways, The Colonnades, and Carillion Lakes.  “Excellence is our way of living” is the company motto and it is fulfilled by FLC’s commitment to offering its owners a high level of personal service, along with homes individually customized to their family’s specific needs and desires.  The company’s nimble management style and careful attention to market shifts have helped FLC successfully weather numerous economic cycles, competitive challenges and changes to national and local government policies.  The firm operates out of a professional two-story building in south Lakeland, and currently markets and builds communities in Lakeland, Ocala, and Leesburg.  Principals Art Erickson, Tom Eleazer, and Robbie Salzman have been active in Lakeland civic activities, including Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Board member, Chairman’s Circle, Leadership Lakeland, Central Florida Development Council, Polk Businesses for World Class Education, Polk County Builders Association, Leadership Polk, and The Lakeland Rotary Club.  The firm provides a flexible work environment and employees are encouraged to give back to the community in their own venues.   The Chamber is proud to have Florida Lifestyle Communities, LLC in our community and proud to recognize the firm as the February 2015 Small Business of the Month.