Lakeland Regional Health Honored With National Work-Life Balance Award

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is one of two winners of the Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award, presented annually by Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP. 

“We are honored to accept the Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award on behalf of our team. At Lakeland Regional Health, we create an environment that encourages and teaches team members to reach that integral balance between their work and personal lives,” said Scott Dimmick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We align our programs around the needs of the organization and our workforce, focusing on evidence-based management approaches in the areas of work-life balance. As a result, our employee satisfaction levels continue to increase and our turnover rate has dramatically decreased.”

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP is a national labor and employment law firm that recognizes organizations that actively initiate and create work environments conducive to work-life balance.

An independent judge selected Lakeland Regional Health as this year’s winner because of dedicated programs designed to help team members gain efficiencies, improve time management and obtain on-site conveniences. These include:

  •  Flexible scheduling policy and options
  •  Onsite workplace clinic
  •  Paid jury duty
  •  Onsite Publix Pharmacy
  •  Onsite flu vaccines
  •  Part-time and per diem employment options
  •  Consecutive workday limits
  •  Phased retirement program
  •  Café payroll deductions
  •  Leaves of absence
  •  On-site ATMs
  •  Proper sleep and fatigue reduction education

“In our own work with companies large and small, we see how important work-life balance is to an organization’s morale and ultimate success,” said Mike Malfitano, Managing Director of Constangy’s Tampa office. “It’s an integral part of our own firm culture, and we created this award to encourage others to promote work-life balance within their organizations.”

The judge for this year’s Work-Life Balance Award program was Tracy LaLonde, Founder of Xaphes LLC, which helps lawyers and other professionals to become business developers and public speakers. Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete also recognized a small organization this year, Brown & Crouppen Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lakeland Regional Health received a commemorative crystal trophy and a $1,000 donation on Lakeland Regional Health’s behalf to the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation.

In October 2018, the Florida Hospital Association recognized Lakeland Regional Health as the Best Large Hospital Workplace, and in December 2018, Lakeland Regional Health earned a People First award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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 Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete offers a wider lens on workplace law. The firm has counseled employers exclusively since 1946. With offices in 15 states, the company is one of the largest labor and employment law practices in the U.S. Constangy has been named as a top firm for women and minorities by organizations including Law360, the National Law Journal and Vault.com. Many of its more than 180 attorneys have been recognized by leading authorities, such as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America® and Martindale Hubbell. Find out more at http://www.constangy.com or on Twitter @ConstangyLaw.

PHOTO ATTACHED. Caption: Michael D. Malfitano, Partner and Office Head at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, presents the Excellence in Work-Life Balance trophy to Scott Dimmick, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Lakeland Regional Health Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.


Enrollment starts for summer and fall 2019 at Polk State College

Winter Haven, April 1, 2019 — Enrollment for the summer and fall 2019 semesters at Polk State College has started with priority registration for students who have completed 30 credit hours or more. Students can check their credit-hour status and whether they qualify for priority registration on PASSPORT.

Open enrollment will begin for summer April 8, which is also when current students will be able to enroll in classes for fall. Open enrollment for fall will begin June 3. Classes start May 7 and August 19, respectively.

In an effort to ramp up student retention and ensure students have access to the courses they need, Polk State started offering enrollment for fall earlier than ever before in 2018.

Students are encouraged to register early because they will have the greatest availability of courses and the best chances of getting the classes they need to fit into their schedules. Plus, there is no payment required to register early – students register now and pay later.

Current students may register through PASSPORT. They should also check PASSPORT for possible holds on their accounts that may prevent them from registering so that those holds can be resolved.

Prospective students need to submit a free online application to Polk State. Information on how to complete online orientation and register for classes is included in the College’s admission letter as well as online in the Admission Steps.

Students will find answers to frequently asked questions about topics including placement testing (PERT), financial aid, paying for college, establishing Florida residency, submitting transcripts, and more on the Admission & Aid page.

Additionally, students are encouraged to begin the financial aid process as early as possible. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Assistance completing the FAFSA is available through the Office of Student Financial Services.

Throughout the registration and financial aid process, students should regularly check PASSPORT and their College email accounts for important registration and financial aid information from the College.

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.


SEU’s American Center for Political Leadership Hosts Congressman Soto

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LAKELAND, Fla. – The American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) at Southeastern University will host a town hall with Congressman Darren Soto on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Soto will give a brief lecture followed by an open question and answer session with former Congressman Dennis Ross, who currently serves as the director for the ACPL.

Soto was elected in 2016 to represent the 9th Congressional District of Florida which includes all of Osceola and parts of Orange and Polk Counties. He became the first Floridian of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress.

Soto is a graduate of Rutgers University and George Washington University School of Law. He served for five-and-a-half-years in the Florida House of Representatives before he was elected to Florida Senate, where he served for four years. During his years in the Florida Legislature, Soto worked to bring high-paying, high-tech jobs to central Florida; protect clean air, land, and water; expand and protect health care; help families facing foreclosure; and improve education.

The town hall is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Natural and Health Sciences building in the science auditorium (room S107).

For more information, contact Priscilla Burr at 863.667.5558 or email pjburr@seu.edu.


SPCA Florida Receives Petfinder Foundation Grant

Lakeland FL – SPCA Florida, Lakeland, has received a $2,000.00 Petfinder ‘Nestle Purina New Year, New Home Pet Adoption Grant’ from the Petfinder Foundation.  Purina Petfinder and the Petfinder Foundation believe every adoptable pet deserves a forever home. The Petfinder ‘Nestle Purina New Year, New Home Pet Adoption Grant’ program is used to help subsidized pet adoptions with free or fee-reduced fees at all Petfinder organizations awarded this grant.  SPCA Florida posts its adoptable pets at www.petfinder.com/shelters/FL221.html

The Petfinder.com Foundation assists the 12,000+animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster Fund, Quality of Life and other programs. Since it’s founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.