Health

Andrews Institute founder receives 2020 Horatio Alger Award

Andrews Institute founder receives 2020 Horatio Alger Award

The nonprofit Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. announced Dec. 10 that Gulf Breeze resident James R. Andrews has been selected for membership in this prestigious organization. The educational organization honors the achievements of outstanding individuals and encourages youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. Read the full article in the Dec. 19 […]

Andrews Institute recognized by Becker’s Healthcare

Andrews Institute recognized by Becker’s Healthcare

Baptist Health Care has been named to the Becker’s Healthcare 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs list for 2019. Hospitals featured on the list earned recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopedic and spine surgery. Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is an affiliate of Baptist Health Care […]

Baptist Health Care Foundation announces Hollinger Award recipients

Baptist Health Care Foundation announces Hollinger Award recipients

The Baptist Health Care Foundation announced Nov. 12 the 2019 Hollinger Award recipients for outstanding service contributions to Baptist Health Care. The awards are presented to individuals, families or organizations that have exhibited exceptional generosity and community leadership through gifts of their time and/or financial support.

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

Local health department encourages flu vaccination

As flu activity begins to increase in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) is recommending flu shots for everyone over the age of six months. An annual flu shot can protect you, your family and the community, and is especially important for those in high risk groups, which […]

Santa Rosa Medical joins Brain Bag program

Santa Rosa Medical joins Brain Bag program

Navarre Press is partnering with the Studer Community Institute to provide free literacy tools for new parents in Santa Rosa County. The project will grow the Brain Bags program to include Santa Rosa Medical Center. SCI Director of Early Learning Shannon Nickinson said the program fulfills a need for families.

Blame your parents for what satisfies your sweet tooth

Blame your parents for what satisfies your sweet tooth

When presented with a bowl of Halloween treats, most people probably know their top pick immediately. Chocolate? Fruity? A salty/sweet mix? According to the University of Florida’s pre-eminent expert on human taste perception, your family upbringing is the main factor determining your selection. Linda Bartoshuk is affiliated with both the UF/IFAS department of food science […]

Diagnosed together, not fighting alone

Diagnosed together, not fighting alone

Women fighting breast cancer often say they would not wish this disease on anyone. Navarre resident Tonya Flores, 40, agrees. She is fighting her own battle with breast cancer, a type called invasive ductal carcinoma. She would give nearly anything for her older sister, Tara Hallum, not to have to fight the disease alongside her. […]

‘Fight like a girl’

‘Fight like a girl’

Navarre resident Gretchen Carter did everything right, but she got breast cancer anyway. Carter is a certified nutritional therapist with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Texas Tech University. She was at an ideal weight. She exercised regularly, and she knew which foods would provide her body with optimal nutrition.   Read the full […]

Sonshine Family Farms corn maze features Baptist Health Care

Sonshine Family Farms corn maze features Baptist Health Care

Baptist Health Care is the featured organization in this year’s Sonshine Family Farms corn maze in Milton at 6270 Oglesby Road. The Baptist logo is mapped into the 8.5- acre corn field of the popular seasonal attraction, and part of the proceeds from admission will be donated to FamiliesFirst Network, an affiliate of Baptist Health […]

‘Angel in comfortable shoes’ wins DAISY Award

‘Angel in comfortable shoes’ wins DAISY Award

Baptist Health Care presented its September DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Katilin “Kati” Day, BSN, R.N., who works in the emergency department at Gulf Breeze Hospital. Day was nominated by a patient undergoing emergency surgery who described Day as an angel in comfortable shoes. The DAISY Award is part of a national merit-based recognition […]

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Jeanne Thompson wanted to do something that would provide a fun opportunity for residents of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze while also raising money and awareness for a good cause. The idea of a Purple Party was born from that and Thompson, who helps head up the activities department at the assisted living facility, can […]

Haugen family brings awareness about preventing internal injuries in football

Haugen family brings awareness about preventing internal injuries in football

Taylor Haugen came across the 5-yard line on a slant route and made the catch in a game Aug. 30, 2008, after jumping for the ball. Immediately hit by two defenders, one from the front, the other from the back, the ferocious hit left the 15-year-old Niceville football player in pain on the turf. Haugen […]

FTD becoming more prevalent form of dementia

FTD becoming more prevalent form of dementia

Alzheimer’s draws most of the attention when it comes to dementia. But Frontotemporal Dementia is one that isn’t in the spotlight nearly as much but seemingly is becoming more common. It’s second only to Alzheimer’s in terms of prevalence and accounts for 20% of all young-onset dementia cases, typically diagnosed between the ages of 45-60 […]

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Across Northwest Florida, the color teal has been cropping up on streets and business storefronts in support of women fighting a deadly– but largely unknown– disease. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and teal is the color designated for the cause. For Gulf Breeze resident Cheryl Middleton, teal means a chance to remember her sister […]

Gulf Breeze nurse receives DAISY recognition

Gulf Breeze nurse receives DAISY recognition

Baptist Health Care presented its August DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to T.K. Hodges, BSN, R.N., who works on 2 East at Gulf Breeze Hospital. Hodges was nominated by a patient to recognize the physical and emotional comfort she provided during the patient’s hospitalizations. The nomination was made anonymously.   Read the full article in […]

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

Five things to know: Youth tobacco myths

The results of this year’s Florida Youth Tobacco Survey came with good news and bad for health advocates calling for an end to underage tobacco use. Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin said her agency, an arm of the state’s Department of Health, was glad to see reductions in many categories of tobacco use […]

Five things to know: Stroke risk

Five things to know: Stroke risk

In Santa Rosa County, 6,145 people had a stroke in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Health. And the data does not paint a rosy picture. Strokes and stroke deaths throughout the county have been on the rise for the past five years.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of […]

Helpline valuable tool for those with questions about Alzheimer’s

Helpline valuable tool for those with questions about Alzheimer’s

The feeling of being alone as a family member or caregiver of someone battling Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can be overwhelming. That’s where the helpline for 24-7 support comes into play and serves as a beneficial service to those who need it most. Read the full article in the July 18 issue of […]

Be prepared for summer health hazards

Be prepared for summer health hazards

As the summer season gets into full swing, the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center–Jacksonville wants to remind the public of a few important tips to keep families safe. “During the summer break, kids are out of school and families are spending time outside, which leads to an increase in poison exposures,” said Dr. Jay L. Schauben, […]

Baptist announces new hospital construction

Baptist announces new hospital construction

Baptist Health Care announced plans June 26, to build a new full-scale hospital at Brent Lane and I-110 as part of a long-term master plan to transform the way health care is provided according to a press release. The initial footprint is expected to be just over 650,000 square feet of patient care space, and […]

Social media instrumental in creating Alzheimer’s awareness

Social media instrumental in creating Alzheimer’s awareness

In the fight against Alzheimer’s, a disease that 5.8 million people in the United States are living with—and that will affect a projected 14 million by 2050–multiple angles are used in the attack against it. Social media is one of the avenues. “A lot of awareness is raised through social media,” said Dawn Wade, the […]

CBD: Is there a health benefit?

CBD: Is there a health benefit?

It is in smoothies, candies, vape pens and even pet products. Once an illegal “drug,” CBD has seen a capitalism-style explosion in use over the past year or two across the country. And now the products are cropping up in Navarre as well, but what is CBD and what does it do? Read the full […]

Gulf Breeze Hospital wins safety award

Gulf Breeze Hospital wins safety award

Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, has announced that Gulf Breeze Hospital is among the recipients of the annual Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. This award recognizes hospitals for providing excellence in patient safety by preventing infections, medical errors and other preventable complications.   Read […]

New Santa Rosa Medical Center open

New Santa Rosa Medical Center open

Santa Rosa Medical Center’s Dr. Robert Dimick, Dr. Tayisha Vilceus, Dr. Michael Barber, Dr. Sarah Skelly, Monica Vitale, MA, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Danielle Ostrowski, Office Coordinator Beth Cover, Practice Director Nichole Butts, LPN Sharon Yeomans and Physician Assistant Charles Windfelder, Jr. celebrated an open house Saturday for their new facility at the corner of […]

Dr. Michael Barber celebrates 20 years practicing in Navarre

Dr. Michael Barber celebrates 20 years practicing in Navarre

While an all new medical center will be opening its doors soon, Santa Rosa Medical Center patients in Navarre can expect a familiar face. Dr. Michael Barber will be celebrating 20 years of serving patients in Navarre just as the new center on U.S. Highway 98 near Harvest Village Court opens. Read the full article […]

Time is everything when it comes to strokes

Time is everything when it comes to strokes

Margo Kernon listened to the stories from those at Holley Navarre Senior Center who came out to listen to the RN from Baptist Health Care speak about strokes on Wednesday, April 10. Betty Williams talked about her first stroke. Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Studer Family Children’s Hospital area’s first of its kind

Studer Family Children’s Hospital area’s first of its kind

After 50 years of filling a need for northwest Florida’s sick and injured children, Sacred Heart and Ascension celebrated a ribbon cutting Monday for the area’s first-of-its-kind, four-story Studer Family Children’s Hospital. President and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Joseph Impicciche said the new facility fills a need. Read the full article in the April […]

Fargo sparks hope of victory on the Alzheimer’s battlefront

Fargo sparks hope of victory on the Alzheimer’s battlefront

Dr. Keith Fargo is one of the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers and served as the keynote speaker for a symposium on the disease last week at the Sanders-Beach Corrine Jones Resource Center in Pensacola. He is confident that one day an effective treatment will be found for the disease that currently afflicts 5.8 million people […]

Local health improvement factors identified in study

Local health improvement factors identified in study

Santa Rosa County looks to continue its success in improving public health after addressing new data published this week. The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County has acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings study published by the University of Wisconsin last week. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre […]

Support groups promote stroke awareness

Support groups promote stroke awareness

Stroke awareness means a great deal to Carolyn Sumrall, who works with the Council on Aging of West Florida. She started a support group at the Holley Navarre Senior Center earlier this year in the hopes of bringing more awareness to the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Read the full article in […]

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