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Eye Specialists of Mid Florida, P.A. Now Scheduling Back To School Eye Appointments

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Does your child struggle with reading or schoolwork? He or she may benefit from a comprehensive eye exam.                       

The majority of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are easily treatable. Even if your child participated in a vision screening at their school or pediatrician’s office, he or she may benefit from a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist, who can detect eye damage or conditions that are not typically found during vision screenings alone.

The American Optometric Association advocates that children should receive a comprehensive eye exam before entering the first grade and annually thereafter. If you notice the following symptoms before your child starts first grade or between annual appointments, schedule an appointment so your child does not fall behind. Remember, most problems are easily treatable when detected early.

Common symptoms of vision or eye health problems that can interfere with reading and learning include:

  • Squinting
  • Headaches
  • Focusing with one eye
  • Eye rubbing
  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Losing place while reading
  • Skips or rereads lines while reading
  • Number and letter reversals, such as “b” and “d”
  • Homework takes much longer than it should
  • Child reports having trouble seeing the board at school

Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida has been a leading eye care provider in the area for over 50 years. Our mission is to provide the highest quality and most technologically advanced eye care with compassion and integrity. We have seven convenient locations in Clermont, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Sebring and Winter Haven. Learn more at


Call 800-282-EYES (3937) to schedule an eye exam appointment today!



New Apps and Kiosks Help Patients and Families Find Their Way Around Medical Center

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to offer several robust new technologies that make navigating through the Medical Center convenient, quick and effortless for patients, families and guests.

Lakeland Regional Health and LogicJunction worked together to develop a comprehensive navigation system, including a mobile app and website app, that provides step-by-step directions to guide visitors and patients to any location within the hospital.

“Technology has the power to connect people in innovative and practical ways,” said Stacy Bolton, Lakeland Regional Health Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “We are so pleased to offer our patients and families this new tool to make access to healthcare on our Medical Center more convenient.”

The LRH GO mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play, provides patients and caregivers turn-by-turn directions throughout the hospital using a blue dot, similar to GPS. In addition to seamless digital directions when onsite, the app also allows the user to save common locations and view hospital events. The website app provides the ability to create day-of-visit itineraries with easy-to-follow directions and maps that can be emailed or printed with a few clicks. The same technology can be used by Medical Center team members as well as healthcare providers throughout the community to optimize directions they provide to patients and families when asked.

As part of this project, touch-screen kiosks greet visitors at the entrances to the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children as well as the B Wing. Since the introduction of the wayfinding technology in mid-June, hundreds of visitors already have taken advantage of the new technology to help them navigate our campus.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this innovative wayfinding system to Lakeland Regional Health and its community of users,” said LogicJunction Chief Product Officer Mike Drozda. “Our goal is to offer easy-to-follow directions to improve indoor navigation and optimize patient experience at world-class hospitals like Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.”

Lakeland Regional Health has been recognized four times as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals and healthcare systems by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. This designation recognizes Lakeland Regional Health’s dedication to building an exceptional infrastructure and advanced clinical processes guided by technology.

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 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, a Level II Trauma Center and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About LogicJunction

LogicJunction is a Cleveland-based technology solutions provider specializing in indoor navigation systems for the healthcare industry. With a suite of well-established navigation platforms, including a state-of-the-art mobile app that fuses Geomagnetic coordinates with Wi-Fi and BLE data, LogicJunction delivers a scalable and cost-saving system that enhances indoor experience. For information, visit


S.T.E.A.M. FORWARD Camp in Haines City

HAINES CITY, FL –The City of Haines City in partnership with the University of South Florida, Florida Polytechnic University and Intel Corporation present S.T.E.A.M. FORWARD Camp for local middle school-aged children passionate about computer technology, engineering, gaming, programming, and robotics.
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp is July 17, 2018, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Lake Eva Event Center located at 799 Johns Ave, Haines City, FL 33844. The one day camp will include a light breakfast and a lunch sponsored by KFC Auburndale by Mr. and Mrs. George and Seretha Tinsley. Registration is FREE; however, spots are limited to 50 students/children.
The purpose of this camp is to introduce students to professionals in the S.T.E.A.M. career fields, learn about education and relevant career paths, and engage in a variety of hands-on activities and challenges to enhance collaboration and problem-solving skills.
S.T.E.A.M. professionals develop innovative, user-friendly products, such as smart home systems, face recognition, driverless vehicles, and robots, to help us live more advanced lives than ever before. This growing field needs young visionaries who are passionate and determined to create trending innovations of the future. S.T.E.A.M. FORWARD Camp is designed to ignite and explore this passion in the young leaders of tomorrow.

STEAM Forward Camp
Students will have an opportunity to experiences the excitement of drones, computer programming, and a chance to win three laptops. To register or for more information, please contact Haines City Parks & Recreation at (863) 421-3700.



Acquisition Expands Commercial Portfolio; Offers More Lending Options to Business Customers
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 10,2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A. (“Axiom”), a leading community bank headquartered in Central Florida, recently acquired Dallas-based Allied Affiliated Funding, L.P. (“Allied”). This acquisition adds a lender finance line of business, scalable factoring and an asset-based lending platform to Axiom. In addition, bringing together two companies with complementary strengths and cultures will provide a platform to extend Axiom’s business banking solutions across a larger market area.

The acquisition will also bring expanded product capabilities to each entity’s clients. Allied’s proficiency in factoring will result in new opportunities to Axiom Bank’s clients and prospects, while Axiom’s business capabilities in cash management services will provide meaningful opportunities for Allied’s current commercial clients. Allied boosts working capital for companies by financing their commercial invoices through a process known as factoring. This allows the business to receive payment up-front instead of waiting on their customers to pay 30 to 60 days or longer.
“Allied has a proven track record of success with accounts receivable lending, which fits well with Axiom’s broader business plan to diversify and expand our commercial lending operation,” said Daniel Davis, President and CEO at Axiom Bank. “Allied is also an excellent fit culturally for us. They have a strong management team with the expertise to help emerging companies and businesses that are seeking growth, as well as those that need working capital.”
Clay Tramel, Chief Executive Officer at Allied Affiliated Funding, added: “Axiom is a Florida-based nationally chartered bank with a strong entrepreneurial spirit that is focused on maximizing clients’ potential. Combining forces helps us to deliver on a shared vision with greater creativity by offering new exciting products, including asset-based lending, in the marketplace.”
Tramel will remain CEO at what will now be known as Axiom Factoring. Gen Merritt-Parikh will be in charge of the day-to-day operations as President.
Acquisition is a pillar of AxiomBank’s ongoing growth strategy, which also includes branch expansions (the most recent of which is located in Orange County’s growing Hamlin development); the launch of AxiomGO, a cutting-edge mobile banking app; and the addition of staff with specialty expertise. Axiom was also recently approved as an SBA preferred lender, a designation that allows the bank to independently approve and underwrite SBA 7(a) loans.
For more information and to find the nearest Axiom Bank location, visit
About Axiom Bank
Axiom Bank, N.A., headquartered in Central Florida, is a nationally chartered community bank that serves the financial needs of its customers through a wide range of financial products. Axiom Bank provides retail banking services, including checking, deposit, and money market accounts, through 24 branch locations, 22 of which are inside select Walmart Supercenters®. Axiom Bank also specializes in commercial loans for both real estate and business purposes, as well as treasury management and other merchant services. In addition to these services, Axiom Bank sponsors prepaid debit card programs offered by third?party program managers. As part of its commitment to exceed its customers’ expectations and deliver superior financial solutions, Axiom Bank is constantly working to expand the services and products it provides to its communities. Visit Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
About Allied Affiliated Funding
Allied was established in 1992 as a limited partnership to provide secured working capital in the form of accounts receivable factoring (“invoice based financing” or “IBF”) to small and middle market companies serving clients primarily in the following industries: trucking, staffing, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Facilities typically range from $100,000 to $10,000,000. In addition to factoring services, Allied occasionally provides loans secured by real estate, equipment, and inventory.