Health

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

Sacred Heart offers COVID-19 drive-through testing

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Florida, hospitals have begun drive-through screening of potential patients who do not require hospitalization. Among healthcare facilities taking this step is Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola which began screenings and drive through testing Monday. Residents experiencing fever, cough and symptoms of respiratory illness can call […]

Area restaurants taking precautions in wake of COVID-19 concerns

Area restaurants taking precautions in wake of COVID-19 concerns

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COVID-19: Status as of March 16

COVID-19: Status as of March 16

Editor’s note: This situation is fluid and the information is ever-changing. We will keep you updated throughout the day and evening as information changes. Santa Rosa County is canceling all publicly permitted events in county facilities with anticipated participation of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. In a news conference Monday, President […]

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

Department of Defense orders military travel ban

A memorandum sent by the deputy secretary of defense March 13 orders all military members and civilian personnel and their families assiged to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas in the United States to stop travel while the order is in place beginning March 16. The order is in response to COVID-19, the memo says, […]

Caregiver survey aimed to provide valuable data for advisory committee

Caregiver survey aimed to provide valuable data for advisory committee

A statewide survey is underway by the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee to collect data from various caregiver resources that will play a role in helping to shape policy and improve services for those in the state of Florida living with dementia, their caregivers, their families and clinical providers. Michelle Branham, the vice president of public […]

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

Florida sees first coronavirus cases

A patient exhibiting flu-like symptoms at a medical center in Fort Walton Beach was tested for COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. Three days later, two unrelated patients tested presumptive positive for the illness in Florida, a diagnosis confirmed Monday by federal health authorities. According to a press release, White-Wilson Medical Center elected to temporarily close […]

Navarre’s first ER set to open in late 2020

Navarre’s first ER set to open in late 2020

In nine short months, Navarre’s first free-standing emergency room is set to accept its first patients. Representatives of HCA Healthcare’s Fort Walton Beach Medical Center held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the Navarre ER to be located just north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and the Navarre Beach bridge. Read the full article […]

Three ERs announced within four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98

Three ERs announced within four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98

In the next two years, Navarre is set to go from no emergency rooms to three within a four mile stretch of U.S. Highway 98. The latest ER proposal made public Feb. 12 would put a $15 million Ascension Sacred Heart facility just east of West Navarre Primary School. Added to the growing total of […]

Flip the Script takes different approach to pain management

Flip the Script takes different approach to pain management

Heart disease, diabetes and cancer are all issues the elderly deal with. But no issue is bigger for older Americans now than pain. It’s considered the No. 1 reason they seek medical attention, according to the National Institutes of Health. That, of course, leads to the need for opioids to curb the pain, and use […]

Smoking can cost $1.5 million

Smoking can cost $1.5 million

Health professionals have established clear evidence for the major negative health effects of smoking. Nearly half a million deaths each year in the U.S. can be tied to tobacco use. But data released this month by WalletHub may reveal just how much the habit is hurting Floridians’ bottom lines in 2020. Read the full article […]

Alzheimer’s Association remains focused on goals in new year

Alzheimer’s Association remains focused on goals in new year

As the fight to end Alzheimer’s shifts to 2020, just 30 years before the country is expected to see those living with debilitating disease rise to 14 million, the focus remains clear. Jon Conley, the Director of State Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association, said he remains optimistic about one day changing the course of a […]

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 […]

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