LRH Medical Center’s Electrophysiology Lab Earns Prestigious Three-Year Accreditation

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center earns a prestigious three-year accreditation for Cardiac Electrophysiology from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. The accreditation is for both Testing/Ablation and Device Implantation.

“We are pleased to be able to offer such a high level of heart care at the region’s most established Cardiovascular Institute,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “Our Electrophysiologists, Cardiologists, nurses, technicians and their support team work diligently each day to uplift and redefine the standards of cardiac care for our patients, their families and our community.”

Through the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advance Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, our patients receive nationally recognized electrophysiological care as part of the Heart Rhythm Program. Our physicians have successfully performed more than 700 atrial fibrillation ablations and inserted thousands of pacemakers.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission accredits facilities that perform cardiac electrophysiology procedures by ensuring that the facility meets quality benchmarks based on published clinical guidelines, best practices and outcomes. IAC accreditation includes a self-evaluation by the facility based on the IAC Standards. The accreditation process also involves sharing case studies for review, including post-procedure documentation, post-procedure electrocardiograms, nurse monitoring reports, anesthesia monitoring reports and cardiac electrophysiology procedure reports.

In addition to the Electrophysiology Lab, the Chest Pain Center at the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Rehabilitation is accredited by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services as Polk County’s only PCI/Resuscitation location.

If any of the following arrhythmia symptoms are experienced frequently or when you wouldn’t expect them, seek medical care. Noticeable symptoms of heart rhythm problems include:

  • Fluttering in chest
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fainting or near fainting

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 Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting healthcare and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®.


Cory J. Person Joins Hill Ward Henderson

TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to welcome Cory J. Person as a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law groups. His practice is primarily focused on the defense of products liability, premises liability and complex tort claims.  Mr. Person also has extensive experience representing employers in litigation arising out of discrimination, harassment and non-competition agreements.

Mr. Person is active in both professional and Bar-related organizations.  He currently serves as a Board Director on the Hillsborough County Bar Association and is a two-term past president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.  He also serves on the Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and is a member of the J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court and Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Active in the community, Mr. Person serves as a Board Member for the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and as a member of the Bay Area Legal Services Development Council.

Mr. Person earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he served as president of the UNC Trial Law Academy and Broun National Trial Team.  In addition, Mr. Person served as Managing Editor of the UNC First Amendment Law Review, and was the recipient of the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Exemplary Skill in Appellate Advocacy.  Mr. Person earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Methodist University, magna cum laude.

Prior to law school, Mr. Person served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. Among the awards Mr. Person received for his service are the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.hwhlaw.com.


Local Marketing Professional Joins Bank of Central Florida’s Team

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Lakeland, Fla –May 13, 2019–Local professional Danielle Harris has been named Vice President and Marketing Manager for Bank of Central Florida. Danielle will be located in Bank of Central Florida’s South Lakeland headquarters at 5105 South Florida Avenue. In her new role, she is responsible for identifying growth opportunities for the Bank, developing marketing campaigns for key audiences and building media strategies across various marketing platforms.

“We’re pleased to welcome Danielle to our Bank of Central Florida team,” said Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Paul Noris. “She will be instrumental in helping us to strategize and implement our culture in marketing initiatives, and will help us to showcase the Bank’s core values and services in our markets.”

Danielle began her career before attending college where she served as an Events Manager for Liberty Diagnostics, LLC, and an Accounting Assistant for Liberty Steel Erectors, Inc. She graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management – Entrepreneurship and a minor in Hospitality.

Following graduation, Harris joined Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in Lakeland and served as a Special Events Coordinator helping plan fundraising events and working with donors on event details. She also worked as a Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society and most recently held the position of Account Executive with Curious Jane, a digital-focused advertising agency working with franchises across the United States and Canada.

Harris is very involved in the community and currently serves on the Steering and Marketing Committee for EMERGE Lakeland, a young professional’s organization that is supported by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central Florida.

Outside of work, Harris enjoys singing at her church, playing racquetball and spending time with family and friends.



Leadership Lakeland Graduates 29 from Class XXXVI

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Lakeland, FL – With leadership from Class XXXVI Chair, Michelle B. Ledford (Class XXIX, MADE) and Chair-Elect Chuck McDanal (Class XXXI, StudioC Solutions), 29 participants officially graduated on Thursday, May 9, 2019. More than 130 alumni and friends attended the invitation-only Leadership Lakeland Graduation & Banquet at the RP Funding Center. Beginning in August, the class members undertook a rigorous schedule including overnight and full-day programs to immerse themselves in the community and in the development of leadership skills. Congratulations to the graduates of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVI:

  • Steven G. Achinger, MD, FASN, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Randolph Barber, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Leon Battle, One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
  • Sarah Bhagat, Lakeland Regional Health
  • William B. Bracken, Jr., Bracken & Bergwall, P.A.
  • Amanda Brice, Agnini Family Dental
  • Michael Paul Carey, CLA
  • Tom Collins, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Erin Ferguson, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
  • Ana Vargas Gillespie, Lakeland Escape Room
  • Taher Hisham Hamid, Alltek Services
  • Kaitlin Irmscher
  • Ellen J. Katzman, PACE Center for Girls
  • Rebecca Knowles, All Saints Academy
  • Thomas C. Lloyd, Bank of Central Florida
  • John S. Lowman, IV, Avon Leasing, Inc.
  • Sara Roberts McCarley, Randy Roberts Foundation
  • Douglas W. McPherson, Citizens Bank and Trust
  • Ashley Metts Miller, VISTE
  • Holly Parrish, PH Solutions, LLC
  • Teddra Joy Porteous, Polk County Public Schools
  • Eric Powell, RightPlan Financial
  • Brenda Patricia Ramirez, Kaylor Law Group
  • Brenda C. Reddout, PhD, Talbot House Ministries
  • Douglas Edward Riley, Lakeland Fire Department
  • Bethany Tricia Thomas, Southeastern University
  • Amanda L. Walls, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • Jason Williams, Farm Credit of Central Florida
  • Lori A. Winstead, State Attorney’s Office

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.

Towards the end of the program, members of Class XXXVI presented five checks (totaling $1,400 each) to the five nonprofit organizations represented within the class: One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, PACE Center for Girls, Randy Roberts Foundation, VISTE, and Talbot House Ministries. It took only four days for Class XXXVI to raise $7,000.

At the event, Nicole Travis (XXXIV, City of Lakeland) was announced as the Chair-Elect for Class XXXVII.