Polk State College Will Host Open House Events Oct. 29 & Nov. 5

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 — Polk State College will host two open house events on its Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses where prospective students can learn about academic programs, complete free applications for admission to the College, receive assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and more.

Open house at the Winter Haven Campus, 999 Ave. H N.E., is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center, WST 126 and 127.

Open house at the Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lakeland Technology Building, LTB 1100.

Attendees will tour the campuses, meet with staff and faculty members, and learn about student clubs and activities. There will also be opportunities to win scholarships.

Enrollment for spring 2020 will open November 4. Classes start January 6.

Currently enrolled 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 new students must submit a free, online application to Polk State. Information on how to complete orientation and register for classes is included in the College’s emailed admission letter and online at the Admission Steps.

Students are also encouraged to begin the financial aid process as early as possible. The first step is to complete the 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.

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 Worship Joins Sony Recording Label

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LAKELAND, Fla. – SEU Worship, Southeastern University’s contemporary worship group signed with Sony label Provident Music Group. The group signed to the label in August of 2019, following discussions that began in November of 2018. This is the first time the group has been represented by a major label. 

“Provident Label Group is among the premier record labels in Christian music,” said Dan Rivera, SEU campus worship pastor. “Everyone on Provident’s team is ministry-minded, and believers in the mission and vision of Southeastern. We are excited to work with such a creative and dynamic team as we continue to grow our worship ministry.”

Provident is a division of Sony Music, whose labels include Essential Records, Reunion Records, Essential Worship, and Beach Street Records. Provident is home to artists including Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher and many more. 

SEU Worship is made up of a group of four worship pastors and over 60 students from the university. The songs are all written and performed by Southeastern students along with Rivera.

“This will provide our students with the opportunity to interface with a high-functioning Christian label,” added Rivera. 

Through the signing, SEU Worship has the opportunity to collaborate with more artists, including those who are also signed to the label. Students will continue to be involved in the writing process and tour throughout the year. The group tours about two to four times a month. In the past, students participated in tours, usually occurring in the summers. The signing will provide SEU Worship more opportunities to tour across the United States, performing at churches, youth camps and youth conferences.

SEU Worship has plans to release its first EP under the label in the spring of 2020. Previously, SEU Worship has released six albums, with its most recent “Heaven Life.” SEU Worship has more than 200,000 subscribed listeners on Spotify, with several of their songs having more than one million plays.

The local community is welcome to hear SEU Worship perform at any of the chapel services held on the university’s campus, in addition to the annual SEU Conference held in February. 

For information on booking SEU Worship, visit SEU.edu/seuworship.


Lakeland Regional Health 1st in Florida And 10th in World to Achieve Analytics Milestone

Lakeland, Fla. – Lakeland Regional Health earned two prestigious national honors for its leading-edge technology initiatives that assist with delivering the best outcomes and safest care to patients and their families.

After a rigorous onsite validation this week, Lakeland Regional Health is one of only 10 health systems around the world and the first in Florida to earn Stage 6 on the HIMSS Analytics AMAM (Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity). The AMAM is an international benchmark for the use of advanced analytics to improve patient care.

There are eight stages of the Maturity Model, all designed to measure and advance an organization’s analytics capabilities to improve healthcare delivery. Only five other organizations in the world are at Stage 6 on the AMAM: Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Stanford Children’s Health | Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and UCLA Health in California, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada, and King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Saudi Arabia. Only four health systems in the world have achieved Stage 7: Children’s Hospital Colorado, Duke University Health System in North Carolina, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and University of North Carolina Health System.
“At Lakeland Regional Health, we constantly look for ways to leverage the data and health information from our innovative technology platforms to deliver the best patient outcomes,” said Caroline Gay, FHFMA, Lakeland Regional Health Chief Population Health Officer and Chief Analytics Officer. “Our analytics and clinical teams collaborate well to ensure that patient care is our top priority.”

Among the noteworthy analytics initiatives at Lakeland Regional Health:

  •  Data analytics in the Emergency Department supports our top decile performance nationally with more than 80% of patients being treated and released in less than 3 hours.
  •  Advanced data visualization helps achieve and sustain results that are better than national averages for surgical site infections as well as for MRSA and C. diff.
  •  Ongoing data mining of clinical indicators from electronic health records allows for pattern recognition, quality monitoring, and continuous improvement.
  • Sepsis Crawler, an electronic system that monitors a patient’s vital signs and lab results, identifies and allows team members to treat patients who have early-onset blood infections.
  • Predictive data analytics, such as readmission predictors, help clinical team members identify patients who may need special attention.

In addition to this honor from HIMSS Analytics, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives named Lakeland Regional Health one of 2019’s Most Wired hospital and health systems. This is the fifth time in six years that Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired® recognition. The healthcare system earned certified Level 8, with Level 10 being the top certification level.

The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

Among the advanced technologies that Lakeland Regional Health employs:

  •  Mobile apps for patients and families to access records and schedule appointments
  •  Comprehensive adoption of electronic health record workflows
  •  Extensive cyber-security technology to safeguard patient and team member records
  •  Comprehensive analytics and data management services to support inpatient care quality, population health activities and financial outcomes

“Patients need to be able to conveniently and quickly access their medical information and easily connect with their healthcare provider,” said Ana Kalman, Lakeland Regional Health Vice President, Chief Information Officer/Chief Application Officer. “We are steadfast in our commitment to use leading-edge technology to continually enhance patient-provider communications.”

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.



SPCA Florida Receives Walmart Community Grant

Lakeland FL – SPCA Florida, a nonprofit 501c3 rescue organization received grant funds for $5,000 from Walmart Community Grants and Facility #5035. The funds from Walmart Community Giving will allow SPCA Florida to continue to have an impact on the animal overpopulation in Polk County.

Shelters such as SPCA Florida work tirelessly every day to address the pet overpopulation problem and they need the communities help. Along with your support, Walmart Community Grants will help change the outlook for thousands of Polk County animals.

Grants like this will save the lives of adoptable, loving cats and dogs who would otherwise not have a chance at life. In conjunction with the No Kill Polk County Movement, SPCA Florida, in partnership with Polk County Animal Control, are striving to save more animal lives, giving every pet a chance for a responsible loving home.

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.