OPMC recognized for Heart Care Excellence


ORANGE PARK – For the third consecutive year, Orange Park Medical Center is the only hospital in Florida and Georgia to earn all American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Recognition Awards. The awards recognize high performance in treatment for stroke, heart failure, resuscitation, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease.

To qualify for these awards a medical facility must meet quality standards developed by the American Heart Association. Earning all five awards demonstrates Orange Park Medical Center’s commitment to provide quick and quality treatment to those suffering from a stroke, heart failure, resuscitation, heart attack and early detection of atrial fibrillation, which can be the root cause of a stroke.

“Timely and early intervention is critical to reduce permanent damage during a stroke or heart attack,” said Dr. Cary Rose, Cardiologist and Board Certified Electrophysiologist at Orange Park Medical Center.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.

Rose said if you feel like you are having symptoms, get to the emergency room or see your doctor immediately. It’s always better to get yourself checked out to be sure.

Each year Orange Park Medical Center treats nearly 400 patients for stroke care and approximately 500 patients for abnormal heart rhythm conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Afib is a condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. “There are electricians like myself to fix heart beat arrhythmias. The plumbers are the interventional cardiologists that put in stents. The surgeons perform cardiac surgery and the noninvasive cardiologists treat the patient from start to finish. Without this team at Orange Park Medical Center we wouldn’t be able to earn this elite status in our region,” said Rose.

In July the hospital opened two new cardiovascular labs and recovery rooms to help care for the increasing amount of cardiovascular patients in the community.

Lowe’s offer safety education on Saturday

CLAY COUNTY – In honor of Fire Prevention Month in October and to bring fire safety top of mind, First Alert is teaming up with more than 1,700 Lowe’s stores across the country, including two in Clay County, in a joint effort to spread awareness about the importance of whole home protection.

As part of this initiative, Florida residents are invited to participate in a special safety education event with their local fire department from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Lowe’s locations at 1700 Blanding Blvd. in Middleburg and 2285 Kingsley Ave. in Orange Park. The focus of the event will be to educate attendees about how to protect their families and homes from the threats of fire and carbon monoxide.

Each year, nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires, while CO poisoning claims approximately 450 lives, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA also reports that almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%). Many of these tragedies could be prevented with the proper placement, number and maintenance of working alarms.

“In order to help decrease home fire and CO poisoning incidents, people must be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert, the most trusted name in home safety.* “Protecting homes and families is our number one priority, and by partnering with Lowe’s and local fire departments, we hope to help ensure the long-term safety of communities nationwide.”

Store associates and fire officials will host fun, family-focused activities to teach families about equipping their homes with smoke and CO alarms, as well as planning and practicing a fire escape plan. Children will have the opportunity to build a wooden fire truck in a one-time kids’ workshop and will receive firefighter hats, coloring books and educational materials, while supplies last. In addition, smoke and CO alarms will be on display, including First Alert’s 10-year sealed battery alarms that provide reliable protection for a decade without the hassle of battery replacements.

New guide helps seniors plan transportation future

CLAY COUNTY – The Florida Department of Transportation announced today the release of “Florida’s Guide to Safe Mobility for Life” so older adults can learn the necessary information to continue getting around their community safely, even beyond the driver’s seat.

Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition developed “Florida’s Guide to Safe Mobility for Life” as part of its collaborative and multifaceted approach to improve the safety, access and mobility of “Florida’s aging population.

“By creating a safe, efficient and reliable network of different transportation options, we can keep Floridians safe, mobile and connected throughout their lives,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “This resource will be an invaluable tool to help our older adults plan their transportation future.”

With the guide, Floridians can learn about the keys to achieving safe mobility for Life, which are understand, be proactive and plan. The guide helps older adults understand the impact aging has on driving; be proactive about safe driving, walking, taking transit, biking, motorcycling and using a golf cart; and plan for a safe transition from driving. The guide also includes worksheets to help develop a transportation plan for when they may no longer want or be able to drive and how to put that plan into action.

Older adults living in any of Florida’s 67 counties may have different reasons for transitioning from driving. The Guide to Safe Mobility for Life will allow Florida’s older population to learn how to drive safely longer and understand their unique transportation needs to plan and commit to trying other forms of transportation.

All older adults living in Florida are invited to order a free copy of “Florida’s Guide to Safe Mobility for Life” by visiting fdot.tips/Guide. For additional resources and educational materials, visit SafeMobilityFL.com.

Icons & Legends makes curtain call at Thrasher-Horne

ORANGE PARK – The Icons & Legends: A Farewell will be on display for one night in the Thrasher-Horne Center’s Lee Adams Gallery on the St. Johns River State College campus.

The multi-media event is scheduled for Nov. 8 from 4:30 ap.m.-6 p.m.

The installation will close to the public after this evening, so you are cordially invited to attend this goodbye encore viewing on Nov. 8.

In addition to the ongoing show the evening will showcase two new never before seen Atlas Series paintings by Kyle Willis.

Coffee will be served courtesy of Spring Park Coffee and craft beer will be served courtesy of Pinglehead Brewing Company.

Admission is free.

Call (904) 554-4998 for more information.


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