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Growth & Expansion; Lakeland Regional Health to Open Freestanding Emergency Department in South Lakeland

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has recently purchased the 2.2-acre property at 6150 South Florida Avenue with plans to develop a freestanding emergency department to serve the South Lakeland population. The health system is currently working through the architectural design, budget, and construction planning process and aims to begin construction this upcoming year, 2023. The…

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SEU Presents Brass Quintet and Percussion Ensemble Concerts

LAKELAND, Fla. — The concert season is now in full swing at Southeastern University (SEU), and the School of Music will be presenting a Brass Quintet Concert and a Percussion Ensemble Concert this week. Performances will feature a wide variety of genres and instruments. Please read below for the details on these upcoming shows. The Brass Quintet…

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Watson Clinic Radiation Oncologist Introduces Spacer Which Minimizes Side Effects for Prostate Cancer Patients

Lakeland, FL – David Graham, MD, a board-certified Radiation Oncologist at the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center, is the first specialist in Florida to be named a Center of Excellence for his expertise in utilizing the SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel, a revolutionary injectable spacer that minimizes the oftentimes painful and damaging side effects of radiation therapy for prostate…

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Pediatric Care Offered 24/7 at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital

Florida Brandon Hospital is excited to announce that Johns Hopkins All Children’s Specialty Physicians are now providing pediatric hospitalist care to patients admitted to Brandon Hospital’s pediatric unit, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  All pediatric hospitalists caring for patients at Brandon Hospital are board-certified physicians that are trained in infant, child and adolescent…

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Breaking Down Silos – Lessons Learned from Majority Stoneman Douglas (Nov. 17, 9:30 am)

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will be discussing the lessons learned in the aftermath of the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.  The event – Breaking Down Silos — will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Polk State College – Center for Public…

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Local Nonprofit to Deliver 2,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Seniors

Lakeland, Fl., November 9, 2022 – On Wednesday, November 23, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) will hold its 26th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery. The family-friendly event benefits local seniors in need age 70-106 and helps kick off the holiday season. Hundreds of community volunteers assist with the event by donating items, prepping meals…

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PCPS Schools and Offices Closed on Thursday, Nov. 10, in Response to Tropical Storm Nicole

Our team is closely monitoring the forecasts for Tropical Storm Nicole. The current track shows that we can expect tropical storm-force winds (ranging from 58 to 73 mph) to begin impacting our area on Wednesday evening. Our greatest concern is the safety of our students and staff. High wind speeds affect our ability to operate…

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Polk to Provide Sandbag Service on Wednesday

Bartow, Fla. (November 8, 2022) — In preparation for Subtropical Storm Nicole, and a high potential for more flooding, Polk County is making sandbags available throughout the county at Roadway Maintenance Units Wednesday, November 9 only. Locations below will be open from 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sandbag site locations are: Mulberry – 900 NE 5th St., Mulberry, (863)…

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Hurricane Ian Debris Collection Nearing End of First Pass Through Polk County

Bartow, Fla. (November 7, 2022) — After 35 days of hurricane debris collection from Ian, Polk County’s contracted hauler, AshBritt,Inc. has picked up 723,476 cubic yards, or roughly 180,869 tons of debris which has been registered for FEMA at the debris management sites. About 75 tandem trucks, which are two units connected, are running throughout the…

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GiveWell Community Foundation and united Way of Central Florida Respond to Polk, Hardee, Highlands communities affected by Hurricane Ian

LAKELAND, FL (November 7, 2022) – GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) and United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) announce $205,600 in grants to provide Hurricane Ian relief throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. After surveying the most pressing needs in the hurricane’s aftermath, twenty local nonprofit organizations were selected to receive funding that will support recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the…

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