Category Archives: Announcements

07May/18

2018 HURRICANE AWARENESS TOUR MAKES A STOP IN LAKELAND

NOAA & NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOSTS AT LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT 

WHO:              NOAA and the National Weather Service

WHAT:             2018 Hurricane Awareness Tour

WHERE:           Lakeland Linder Regional Airport – 3900 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland, FL 33811

WHEN:            Friday, May 11th, 2 PM to 5 PM

WHY:               Hurricane awareness for Citizens along the Gulf Coast

ADMISSION:   FREE

LAKELAND, FL (April 24, 2018) – The 2018 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be stopping in Lakeland at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Friday, May 11th as part of Hurricane Awareness Week. The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters and the National Weather Service are visiting several locations along the Gulf Coast with a tour stop in Lakeland.  NOAA’s Aircraft Operational Center is located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the community is invited to tour Hurricane Hunter aircraft, speak with the pilots, and walk through vendor exhibits from various local agencies and organizations.

Event Highlights:

  • Tour Hurricane Hunter aircraft
  • Meet the pilots & flight crew
  • Speak with hurricane forecasters
  • Meet with local National Weather Service meteorologists
  • Walk through exhibits from various agencies & organizations
  • Learn about weather safety & preparedness

Hurricane Hunter Hercules will be available to tour.  This is WC-130J is a high-wing, medium-range aircraft used in weather reconnaissance missions. This plane is configured to penetrate tropical disturbances and storms, hurricanes and winter storms and obtains data on the movement, size and intensity of these systems. Hercules is the weather data collection platform for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. It carries a minimal crew of five: pilot, co-pilot, navigator, aerial reconnaissance weather officer and weather reconnaissance loadmaster. The crew collects and reports weather data as often as every minute.

NOAA’s Gulfstream Gonzo will also be available to tour.  Gonzo is a high-tech, high-flying, and high-speed platform used for hurricane forecasting and research. It is a sophisticated twin-engine jet piloted by NOAA Corps officers and crewed by NOAA civilian engineers and meteorologists. The G-IV flies around and over developing tropical cyclones to create a detailed picture of the surrounding upper atmosphere. It a range of nearly 4,000 nautical miles and a cruising altitude of 45,000 feet.

There are a number of agencies that are participating in the Hurricane Awareness Lakeland Tour Stop.  These agencies are there to share information to help citizens better understand the impacts of hurricanes along with critical planning to assist residents before, during and after a major storm.  For more information on the Hurricane Awareness Tour, visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/2018-hw-tours.

Participants:

  • Federal Alliance for Safe Home
  • USAA Catastrophe Response Vehicle
  • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
  • American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle
  • Polk County Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer Polk
  • Salvation Army Field Kitchen, Shower Trailer, Polaris, and Canteen
  • Office of Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis
  • Polk County Citizen Emergency Response Team
  • Lakeland Fire Department
  • Polk County Emergency Management
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • NOAA Ocean Service
  • NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
  • NOAA National Weather Service in Ruskin

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland. It is situated in the heart of Florida along the I-4 corridor midway between Tampa and Orlando, with easy access to I-4 via the Polk Parkway.  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is home the Sun n Fun Fly-In, Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Polk State College Aerospace Operation.  The airport is an economic engine, generating over $285 million to the area. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport sits on 1,742 acres and has over One Million square feet of facilities. For more information about Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, please visit www.lakelandairport.com.

 

07May/18

Lake Wales Museum Remembers Our Veterans in May with Military Uniforms Exhibit & WWII Guest Speaker featuring Dr. Gary Mormino and 20th Century Military Collections

Military Exhibit Flyer-page-001LAKE WALES, Florida –  The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center will host a new exhibit, “Military Uniforms from the Twentieth Century: An Exhibit Remembering Our Veterans,” from May 3 – June 9, 2018, and will feature a talk entitled “Florida and World War II,” by special guest speaker, Dr. Gary Mormino on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.

To honor and learn from our veterans, the Lake Wales Museum will host an exhibit of original uniforms, weaponry, insignia, medals and other objects from military history.  “Military Uniforms from the Twentieth Century: An Exhibit Remembering Our Veterans” includes objects on display from the Lake Wales Museum’s permanent collection of military items, pieces on loan from the community, and are interpreted by the museum curator, Bartholomew Delcamp.  Some items have never been on display before.

“I’m so excited to have put this exhibit together with an array of items from the museum’s own permanent collection,” states Bartholomew Delcamp, curator at the museum.  “People can learn about Lake Wales’ residents from the past who served in the military.  For example, Mr. Lee Roy Horton, Jr., who served in WWII, along with his three younger brothers, flew bombers as part of the Flying Tigers, and his Army Air Force uniform will be on display.”

To learn more about Florida’s history in World War II, join us for a talk and discussion with renowned professor, writer, author, historian and speaker, Dr. Gary Mormino, on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Dr. Mormino will talk about how on eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt mega state, and WWII was the lynchpin. The war galvanized Floridians, resulting in the influx of two million servicemen. WWII also ignited a modern civil rights movement, new roles for women, and the dawn of the Florida Dream.

Dr. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall Florida Professor of History Emeritus at USF St. Petersburg. He is a frequent contributor to the Tampa Bay Times and has written several books, including “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida” and was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing by the Florida Humanities Council. If you aren’t a historian but need someone to put an event into an interesting Florida perspective, ask Gary. Everyone does, including reporters from the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Public Radio.

The program and exhibit are made possible by the City of Lake Wales and sponsored in part by Visit Central Florida and the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The talk and exhibit are free of charge.  Please RSVP to the Lake Wales Museum at 863.676.1759.

About the Florida’s Humanities Council

The Florida Humanities Council sponsors community based projects, facilitates important conversations among Floridians, and shines a spotlight on Florida’s history, art, and culture.  Established in 1973, we are an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For over forty years we have developed and funded public programs that tell the stories of both Florida and those unique individuals that call this state their home.  For more information, visit www.floridahumanities.org.

About the Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center

The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.  Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers.  For more information contact the Lake Wales Museum, 325 S Scenic Highway, Lake Wales, Florida 33853; 863-676-1759 or visit www.cityoflakewales.com/439/Depot-Museum.

07May/18

Lifesaving Complex Stroke and Neurologic Care Now Available in Polk County at Lakeland Regional Health

Lakeland, FL – Patients needing complex lifesaving neuro-interventional procedures for conditions that previously required transportation to hospitals outside Polk County can now receive immediate treatment at Lakeland Regional Health’s new Biplanar NeuroInterventional Suite.

In addition, Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce its Stroke Center, first certified in 2008, is newly designated as a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration. The Agency for Health Care Administration developed this advanced certification for those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex cases.

“Our patients look to us for safe and effective care,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “We honor that trust by investing in our team and in the latest technology. We are so proud of the exceptional physicians, nurses, clinicians and team members working closely together to ensure that patients with complex neurologic conditions receive the highest caliber of care.”

“We are pleased to receive this important recognition of our Stroke Center’s clinical excellence,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center President and Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer. “As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, patients and their families are assured they can expect the best outcomes and safest, timeliest care.”

This high level of certification recognizes the significant difference in resources, staff and training necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases. To earn this certification, LRH Medical Center was required to meet rigorous standards, including:

  • Physicians and other specialists trained in vascular (blood vessel), neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular treatments.
  • Experience and knowledge treating patients with complex types of stroke.
  • Dedicated neurointensive care unit for complex stroke patients.
  • Participation in stroke research.

“Families should know that their loved ones are receiving world-class stroke care at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center,” said Gabriel Pantol, MD, board-certified Watson Clinic Neurologist who serves as Medical Director of Lakeland Regional Health’s stroke program. “One key facet of this new designation is the establishment of a state-of-the-art Biplanar NeuroInterventional Suite, where minimally invasive radiology procedures can now be used to treat more complex strokes and neurological conditions.”

Leading the Biplanar team is highly accomplished Neurosurgeon Tsz Lau, MD, of the USF/LRH Neurosciences Center in Lakeland. In addition to completing a Fellowship in Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Surgery, Dr. Lau is Fellowship-trained in Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology and is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Highly specialized Neuro-interventional Radiologists like Dr. Lau are experts in these types of radiology treatments, using imaging equipment to see into the body and guide their procedures.

“This new technology now allows physicians to perform more complex neuro-interventional cases, such as stroke, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms and other conditions of the central nervous system,” said Dr. Lau. “Patients treated using biplanar technology are likely to experience shorter recovery times, less pain and less complications.”

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center treated 677 stroke cases in 2017. These new capabilities will make nearby emergency care available for even more residents in and near Polk County.

“Every second is crucial when it comes to responding to possible strokes,” said Dr. Paul Banerjee, Medical Director of Polk County Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Services. “Families and physicians can have peace of mind knowing their loved ones won’t need to be transported outside of the county.”

In addition to its Comprehensive Stroke Center recognition, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center has operated a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center since 2008. The Stroke Center at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center also is consistently recognized with the Get With the Guidelines Target Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus award by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing oxygen and blood to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. Deprived of oxygen, nerve cells stop working and the part of the body they control stops functioning as well. Warning signs of stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.

07May/18

Community Invited to Celebrate Opening of Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children on June 2

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health invites the community to be an important part of the inauguration of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children at a Grand Opening Celebration being held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, and guests should enter through the Pavilion’s First Floor Lobby on the Medical Center Campus, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

Festivities include a Teddy Bear Clinic, guided tours, family cooking demonstrations, yoga for expectant and new moms, games, DJ, refreshments, face painting, and more. All guests will take home special keepsakes of this momentous occasion. A welcome, benediction and several special surprises will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to come out and learn more about the women’s and children’s healthcare services offered by Lakeland Regional Health.

The eight-story Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children includes approximately 350,000 square feet of inpatient and outpatient space on the south side of the Medical Center Campus and is the largest hospital expansion to date. The Pavilion will be home to the County’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department. Its spacious and spa-like rooms were designed with careful consideration for the specific needs of the women and children receiving care.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.

07May/18

Tourism Marketing Meeting to Feature Latin America Marketing Specialist on May 10

Auburndale, FL (May 4, 2018) – Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) will host the next Tourist Development Council (TDC) Marketing Committee Meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Victor Manjarres, President of TM Latin America, will be the featured guest speaker. Manjarres, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the tourism industry, will discuss his company’s strategies to promote Polk County as a tourist destination to Latin America markets. TM Latin America has extensive experience in marketing, sales, communications, public relations, brand positioning and e-commerce in the tourism sector in the major markets of Latin America including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, with presence throughout the entire region.  Latin America is one of the fastest growing international markets in the travel and tourism industry and Central Florida is one of the top vacation destinations for Latin Americans. Manjarres will present an overview of this market and how PCTSM is targeting this audience and how businesses can capture more visitors from Latin America.

The meeting will be held in the PCTSM conference room located at Lake Myrtle Sports Park, 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale.  Industry professionals are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Kris Keprios at 863-551-4750 or Kris@visitcentralflorida.org.     

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About Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing:

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (known nationally as Visit Central Florida), is the official destination marketing organization for Polk County, Florida, and specializes in helping visitors plan a fun-filled Central Florida vacation. www.VisitCentralFlorida.org