LAKELAND, FL (June 12, 2018) – The City of Lakeland announces Bill Anderson as the Director of Water Utilities officially starting July 7th. Anderson has been with the City of Lakeland’s Water Department since 2000. He first started as an Environmental Technician III at the Wetland Treatment System (Se7en Wetlands).  He was named the Environmental Scientist in 2006 overseeing wetland treatment operations for 10 years before being named Assistant Director of Water Utilities in 2016.


City Manager Tony Delgado said, “The City and our Water Utility Department is fortunate to have an outstanding team of public servants supporting our community. Over the years they have been led by a stellar group of administrators who have set a great foundation for the utility. I am extremely proud and excited to appoint our newest Director that will guide the utility into the future. Bill Anderson will lead the Department following the retirement of Director Bob Conner.”  Delgado added, “Bill has been with our Water/Wastewater team for 18-years. During this time, he has sharpened his administrative and operational skills. His knowledge of the Department, his customer centric philosophy and his commitment to managing one of our most important resources makes him an obvious choice for the leadership role.”


Anderson is 56 years old and he will be paid $138,052.80 per year as Director of Water Utilities. Anderson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1983 to 1987. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Southern College in 1999. “After serving in the Air Force, I spent many years in retail management where I honed a customer service based philosophy.  This has helped me as I’ve advanced my career with the City of Lakeland’s Water Department”, said Anderson.  “I am extremely honored and humbled by this opportunity.  We already have an outstanding team providing both water and wastewater services to our customers and I look forward to continuing to work for that team.  Our challenge is supporting the economic development of the City of Lakeland while sustaining the limited water resources we all depend upon.  I have worked with this world class Water Utility team for 18 years and I know we’re ready to face that challenge.”

City of Lakeland Water Utilities has 220 employees serving approximately 200,000 water customers and 100,000 wastewater customers. City Manager Tony Delgado said, “I would like to thank our retiring Director, Bob Conner for his dedication with over 20 years of service to this community. Bob has truly provided a solid foundation for our community’s utility to build upon.” Retiring Director Bob Conner was hired as the Manager of Waste Water Operations September 1996. He was promoted to the Interim Director of Water Utilities December 2014 and he was officially named Director of Water Utilities April 2015. Conner retires after serving almost 22 years with the City of Lakeland’s Water Department.


For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net. Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov.


Lakeland Realtors – Why Homeownership Matters


June marks National Homeownership Month, which recognizes the value of homeownership and its positive impact on families, communities and the nation’s economy. This month allows a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of homeownership and identify the many benefits of owning that roof over your head.

“Most consumers know that homeownership is among the most sound investments an individual can make to begin building their personal wealth. However, owning a home is not just in the best interest of the homeowner. Homeownership provides social stability, builds communities and is a driving force for the national economy,” said Kyle Vreeland, 2018 Lakeland REALTORS® President.

Below are some of the benefits of reaching the American Dream:

Social stability: Improved educational performance, lower crime rates and improved health are a few social benefits linked to homeownership. “Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth, which opens doors to more engagement in communities through volunteer work, involvement in social activities and electoral participation,” said Vreeland.

Strong communities: Homeowners tend to stay in their homes longer than renters, dedicate more money to improve their home and are more engaged in enhancing their community. “Homeowners are often more invested in their home and their surroundings, which leads to stronger neighborhoods and communities and increased interaction between neighbors,” said Vreeland.

Economic force: Being a homeowner also has a positive local and national economic impact. That is because homeownership creates jobs through remodeling, landscaping, lawn service, furniture and appliances, home improvement and real estate services. “When a home is sold in the United States, the income generated from real estate-related industries is over $20,000 and additional expenditures on consumer items is about $4,500 – a boom to the economy,” said Vreeland.

Brings families together: Along with being more involved in their communities, homeowners are often active and connected to their own families. Family dinners and game nights at home could mean a more-connected, happier family.

“Home is where people make memories and feel comfortable and secure. Homeownership Month is an opportunity to reiterate that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream and enjoy the many benefits that come along with it,” said Vreeland.

Consumers can learn more about National Homeownership Month and keep up with housing-related tips, news, stories and policy issues through Homeownership Matters: https://homeownershipmatters.realtor/ and HouseLogic: https://www.houselogic.com/ .

For more information about buying or selling a home, contact Lakeland REALTORS® or visit www.lakelandrealtors.org to speak with a RealtorÒ, a member of the National Association of Realtors®.


On June 15, Lakeland Regional Health Children’s Emergency Department Changes Location




Lakeland, FL – Beginning Friday, June 15, 2018, all children and teens needing emergency care will now be seen in the new Children’s Emergency Department at Lakeland Regional Health’s Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children on the Medical Center Campus. Care at the main Emergency Department off of Parkview Place will be for adults ages 18 and older only.


Those ages 17 and younger should be taken to the new Children’s Emergency Department, with its own dedicated entrance accessible by Lakeland Hills Boulevard, US Highway 98 North or Parkview Place. Families with children and teens in stable condition who do visit the main Emergency Department after June 14, 2018, will be assisted and redirected or transported to the Children’s Emergency Department. Emergency and medical transport services are advised of the location change.


The new Children’s Emergency Department delivers the same award-winning care that continues to garner Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center national and international recognition for its efficiency, but it does so in an environment that is mindfully designed to be thoroughly child- and family-friendly.


The state-of-the-art waiting area provides interactive gaming stations and activities to reduce children’s anxiety about their injury or illness. Physicians are specially trained in Emergency Medicine, and all nurses have extensive experience in emergency care and children’s care. The new unit expanded to allow for personalized care of 33 young patients, and leading-edge imaging services are conveniently located in the same department.


Lakeland Regional Health’s Emergency Department quality improvement efforts earned a 2014 Genesis Cup Award in 2014 and Florida Hospital Association’s 2014 award for Innovation of the Year in Patient Care. A two-year ED improvement project was documented in the prestigious Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in November 2017.


Parking for the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children is available in convenient surface parking lots and a six-level parking garage (D-E Garage) connected by a walkway.


About Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is Florida’s fifth largest hospital. Founded in 1916 as Morrell Memorial Hospital, this 849-bed, comprehensive tertiary referral hospital operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the eight-story Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department. It handles over 1,300 trauma visits annually and holds accreditations for its Comprehensive Primary Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Three hybrid operating rooms and a hybrid catheterization lab offer patients the least invasive surgeries possible and enhanced safety. Its Emergency Department earned the 2014 Innovation of the Year from the Florida Hospital Association and the 2014 EmCare Genesis Cup Award. The state-of-the-art, 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine provides evidence-based, innovative inpatient physical rehabilitation services designed to dramatically improve patient outcomes.


Lakeland Regional Health CFO Named to ‘150 Hospital and Health Systems to Know’

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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to share that Evan Jones, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.”


According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “The individuals featured on this list lead financial departments for large health systems and well as small community hospitals. Many play an integral role in their organization’s strategic planning, growth and transactions …” Honorees are selected based on an editorial review process.


“Since joining Lakeland Regional Health in 2011, Mr. Jones has made profound contributions to ensure the financial health of our organization,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “He continues to diligently direct efforts that significantly impact operational efficiency and ensure we remain good stewards of the funds entrusted to Lakeland Regional Health. We are most fortunate to have someone as experienced and dedicated as Mr. Jones on our executive leadership team.”


Mr. Jones was named previously to Becker’s “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know” in 2014.


Mr. Jones joins a prestigious list of Chief Financial Officers for organizations including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The full list can be found here.

Photo: Headshot of Evan Jones

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 located within the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.


Saint Leo University-Lakeland Hosting Virtual Info Sessions June 14

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Saint Leo University-Lakeland Hosting Virtual Info Sessions June 14

LAKELAND – Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center will hold three “virtual” information sessions on Thursday, June 14.

Those interested in finding out more about Saint Leo, what degrees are offered, courses, and more are invited.

Information sessions will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m., and 8 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 14. Potential students will RSVP at Lakeland@saintleo.edu, and they will be sent the link to log in to the session.

The Lakeland Education Center is at Lakeland Education Center, 315 Granada St., Lakeland, FL 33805. The center serves students in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and other parts of Polk County.

For more information, call (863) 337-4900.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 94,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.