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Communication and community. One doesn’t work very well without the other, so we strive to keep you and your family current with news about Florida Hospital, and the world of wellness abroad. Check back often to find out what’s happening on all of the Florida Hospital locations and throughout our health care network through our official blog.
  • POSTED BY: Mike O'Lenick

    Take This Job and Love it: A New Twist on Hospital Food

    I know what you’re thinking.  Hospital food.  Those of you groaning right now may not have been to our hospital lately.  In fact, at Florida Hospital, the Nutritional Services team has really made a point to prove that nutritious can indeed be delicious.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Roedding

    Five Ways to Survive Allergy Season

    The most powerful way to survive allergy season is by defending yourself with knowledge.  

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Girl Gets Special Birthday Present: A Cure to Sickle Cell Disease

    Jasmin Baker received a very special present for her 8th birthday thanks to generous donations from the community: a life without sickle cell disease.

  • POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

    92 is Not Too Old for Heart Surgery Anymore

    A new heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement at Florida Hospital is now a non-surgical option for patients who may be too ill for the traditional surgical procedure.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    It Only Takes a Simple “Click” for the Kids

    We’re excited to announce that we’re competing for the kids in the first ever Social Madness Competition by The Business Journals! It is a bracket-style social media competition that measures Florida Hospital’s social influence against others in the Central Florida area and then on a national stage.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Bring Music into Your Healing

    Music therapy can help individuals cope with anxiety, stress and fear of the hospital or procedures. Music therapy can even eliminate sedation for certain non-invasive procedures such as EEG’s and CT’s.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Ease Pelvic Health Pain with Physical Therapy

    There is good news- You are NOT alone and a very suitable therapy option after your physician has ruled out other conditions is often pelvic heath therapy. Pelvic health therapy is a non-surgical treatment option geared toward alleviating and treating pain and discomfort through a series of therapies.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Colonoscopy

    Was there a grimace on your face when you saw the word “colonoscopy” in the title? I know, the thought of a doctor checking your backside  is not a desirable task at all, however getting a colonoscopy is very important if you are over the age of 50 or if you have colon cancer in your family history.  

  • POSTED BY: Stephanie Ravelo

    Feeling Stretched? Stretch to Feel Better

    Do you have time to take a break during the day or are you glued to your computer or desk all day long? It is important to take time out of our busy schedules and break for a stretch.

  • POSTED BY: Josh Duckett

    What to Ask When Looking for Spine Care

    Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives and can occur anywhere from the lumbar (lower back) to the cervical (neck) sections of the spine. A smart thing to do is talk to your primary care physician first, but many people take to the internet to try to find what spine centers and physicians in their community can help them relieve their pain.

  • POSTED BY: Laurel Dominesey

    Q & A with Author of 52 Ways to Feel Great Today

    Feeling “great” is a relative term, of course. It’s linked to the larger idea of wellness or wholeness, which is dynamic, changing all the time, because it’s the sum total of your sense of wellness in body, mind, spirit, and relationships.

  • POSTED BY: Katie Robison

    Surviving Brain Cancer: The Fight of a True Champion

    When 3 year old Tyler Williams was diagnosed with a brain tumor that covered 90% of his left side of his brain, his mom knew her little fighter would beat his cancer like a true champion.

  • POSTED BY: Ivy Guardiola

    Tips to Prepare your Child for an Imaging Exam

    Imaging exams do not have to be a scary experience for kids. Here are some tips to help them through it.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowski

    Controversy Surrounding PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer

    The controversial decision of the United States Preventative Task Force (USPSTF) to pull recommendation of prostate cancer screening test has sparked debate and outrage amongst the urology community.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    The Best Way to Quit Smoking for Good

    Quitting smoking is hard and simply one of the most difficult and frustrating habits to kick. Thousands of people are trying to quit smoking every day.

  • POSTED BY: Ayslinn Husebo

    Expressing Gratitude Affects Happiness

    Gratitude is one of the strengths or virtues that has been most heavily studied and linked to happiness.  Timothy Spruill, EdD, Behavioral Medicine Faculty at Florida Hospital says that, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish positive experiences, enjoy better health, and deal with adversity.

  • POSTED BY: Tom Wheaton

    Kidney Stones in Children on the Rise

    There is a growing prevalence of kidney stones in children that has been linked directly to diet and lifestyle 


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    Kidney Stones in Children on the Rise

  • POSTED BY: Heather Fox

    Digestive Health that’s Easy to Swallow

    Approximately 70 million Americans are affected by digestive disorders. That can be pretty hard to swallow for most people balancing their busy lives between work and family. But the good news is that it is never too late to start combating or even alleviating the effects of a digestive disorder.


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    Digestive Health That's Easy to Swallow

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Get Your Dancing Shoes On! Dance Classes Help with Parkinson’s Disease

    While research and treatment of the disease are making strides, there are some simple but unique rehabilitation options available, including Dance Therapy. Recent studies have shown that people with Parkinson’s who attended dance classes twice a week walked more quickly and experienced less stiffness than patients who did not dance.

  • POSTED BY: Christine Jallad

    Take Off Running with These Simple Tips

    If you have ever wanted to start running or have picked it up but then lost the dedication/motivation to continue, fret no more. This running plan can help get you on the right track.

  • POSTED BY: Kim Hudson

    Easy Ways to Incorporate Exercise: Biking to Work or School

    Dr. Angela Fals, Medical Director at Florida Hospital for Children, often discusses with children ways to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Bike to Work Day is May 18!

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Discussing Weight Issues in Children

    A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicated that a surprising number of physicians do not communicate with parents about children’s weight issues. In fact, only 22 percent of parents with children whose Body Mass Index (BMI) was in the 85th percentile of higher recalled being told by a doctor that their child was overweight.

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Bradley

    Join the Race to Beat Ovarian Cancer this Mother’s Day

    Until there are diagnostic tests for all five forms of the most-frequently diagnosed gynecologic cancers, the best defense we have is information and that makes the work of OCAF critically important to Florida families.

  • POSTED BY: Sean Lemon

    Special Delivery for Mom…Pizza

    At the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Baby Place, one mom put in an unusual request and to her surprise her wish came true,

  • POSTED BY: Kate Porter

    One Child’s Journey to an Epilepsy Cure

    Seven-year-old Christian Rivera suffered from seizures for years. But thanks to the new Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children is now seizure free. Read about his amazing journey

  • POSTED BY: Kayla Eubanks

    Pianos are Popping Up Around Central Florida

    Pianos are popping up around Seminole County to raise money for a good cause

  • POSTED BY: Jacquelyn Doggette

    Make De-stressing a Part of Your Day

    We took a moment with our employees to discuss common stressors during the workday and to get advice from Paige Heath, our Health and Performance Consultant, on how to combat low levels of energy.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    Young Adults See Rise in Head and Neck Cancer Due to HPV

    A recent study has brought a new issue to light for parents in regards to HPV: head and neck cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Joe Townsend

    How to Screen for Cancerous Moles

    Being proactive and keeping an eye on skin abnormalities helps with early detection of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Roedding

    Orlando Magic Bounce into Winter Park Memorial Hospital

    To celebrate the Orlando Magic, currently in the NBA playoffs, a playoff pep rally was held at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital.

  • POSTED BY: Kim Hudson

    Healthy Lunch Is In The Bag

    Being a mom, making school lunches every day for my children becomes very challenging in keeping lunches fun, healthy and interesting.  I can’t seem to find fresh and new ideas and continue making the same tired lunch every day.  I want them to be healthy and something that they also look forward to eating each day.

  • POSTED BY: David Cassidy

    Tips for Exercising in the Florida Heat

    We are truly seeing people take heed of the health warnings and changing their activity patterns.  So with this subtle shift for the positive, do not fear the warm weather approaching and take a break from exercising. Here are some tips to keep you going.

  • POSTED BY: Heather Fox

    Help with Navigating the Hospital Experience

    It is hard to navigate the healthcare system especially when patients are tired and just don’t plain feel good.  That is the reason the position of care coordinator was created at Florida Hospital.

  • POSTED BY: Kelly Wheeler

    Bariatric Surgery Significantly Improves Type 2 Diabetes

    Out of 1 million people who develop Type 2 diabetes, over 15,000 will die as a result of their disease. It is estimated that 14,000 of these deaths could be prevented by bariatric surgery!

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Bradley

    Raising Awareness for Esophageal Cancer

    Two years ago, Pam Sain had to deal with the difficult tragedy of losing her father to esophageal cancer.  Since then, she has made it her personal mission is to bring awareness of this silent killer to the Central Florida community.

  • POSTED BY: Donny Hodges

    How Sleep Issues Can Turn into Family Problems

    We often forget that the person you share your bed with each night can have a significant influence on your own sleep quality. That is increasing becoming the case with a culprit called sleep apnea.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Fialkowski

    Prostate Cancer Strikes Five Law Enforcement Officers

    Over the span of a year, five different members of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s department shared more than just stories from the road, they shared their journey through prostate cancer. 

  • POSTED BY: Gustavo Almodovar

    A Lesson from Spring Training - Injuries All Athletes Should Look Out For

    As the preferred hospital of spring training for the Astros, the highlight for Dr. Ketan Pandya, chief of emergency services at Florida Hospital Kissimmee was just keeping these athletes in good shape.

  • POSTED BY: Mike O'Lenick

    Take This Job and Love It: On Patrol

    There are a wide variety of professionals that allow Florida Hospital to provide world-class care. In this edition, we focus on the team that helps keep everyone safe.

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Potter

    Debunking Myths behind Organ Donation

    People aren’t aware of how to be an organ donor and are unsure of the process.  All that is needed to be an organ donor is to designate yourself on your driver’s license or online.

  • POSTED BY: Leslie Potter

    Heartburn is a symptom you shouldn't ignore

    Pam Sain knows firsthand how serious acid reflux is, her father passed away after being diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus which then led to esophageal cancer. 

  • POSTED BY: Ashley Roedding

    "Get Amped" For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    It’s not every day you have a colorectal surgeon, neurologist and surgical nurse that plays in a classic rock band.  But that is exactly who you will see in the band “Room 2” which was named after an endoscopy suite at Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    When to Get Screened for Cancer

    It’s time to make a stand for the public and offer some simple direction on cancer screenings. The CDC’s Vital Signs report notes that preventative screenings are on the rise, but we can still improve and I agree. However, I also agree that there are so many mixed messages about when to start your screenings for which form of cancer.

  • POSTED BY: Sara Channing

    Tips For Parents Coming to Florida Hospital

    If parents can bring their child’s favorite stuffed animal or blanket that often helps them feel a little more relaxed and comforted. Having that familiar item with them in a new place can make a huge difference in how the child is feeling.

  • POSTED BY: Ashley White

    What options do you have for knee replacement surgery?

    “At one point, I was taking two to three single 800 milligrams tablets of ibuprofen every day just to deal with the pain. Even with the painkillers, my knees always hurt. My arthritis is hereditary, so I knew I had to start looking for other options. I couldn’t wait to get back to the gym and do all the things that I love again without throbbing knee pain."