South Florida Baptist Hospital certified by American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
South Florida Baptist Hospital announced last week its pulmonary rehabilitation program has been nationally certified by the Chicago-based American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
AACVPR Program Certification, which the hospital said is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process, evaluates programs “for adherence to the highest standards and guidelines developed by professionals in the field.”
“We stay up to date on the latest guidelines and education to help our patients get the most out of our programs,” Stephanie Steiner, the hospital’s cardiopulmonary and vascular rehab coordinator, said in a press release. “Our ultimate goal is to be able to help our patients take care of themselves at home and prevent readmissions into the hospital. After working with us, patients graduate with the tools we have provided them, to maintain on their own.”
Planteen playground replacement complete
The playground area at the Planteen Recreation Center, 301 Dort St., finally got a much-needed overhaul.
The Plant City Parks and Recreation Department announced last week the completion of its playground replacement project, which cost $68,940 and was completed under budget by Rep Services, Inc.
“The 3,300 square foot ADA accessible play area provides a new playground apparatus, a six-user swing set and engineered wood fiber safety fall zone surfacing,” department director Jack Holland said in a press release. “The project replaced the former equipment, which was over 23 years old, well-worn from years of use and weathering and well beyond its expected 15-year life expectancy.”
City announces 32nd annual Easter Egg Hunt
After last year’s big Easter event went fully virtual due to COVID-19, the Plant City Parks and Recreation Department is ready to get back to the great outdoors.
The department announced the city’s 32nd annual Easter Egg Hunt is back on for April 3. The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day, will be held at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2602 E. Cherry St. Children age 3-11 can hunt for 10,000 candy-filled eggs and special “golden eggs” with additional prizes. There will also be photo ops with the Easter Bunny, trackless trains, balloon art, Razzmatazz Entertainment and more on site. All youth will get a free hot dog and a drink. The event is sponsored by Global Sports Alliance.
Those participating in the egg hunt are asked to bring their own baskets and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
For more information, call 813-659-4255.
Lincoln students advance in 4-H speaking contest
Two students from Lincoln Elementary Magnet School are moving on in the annual 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest after placing well in the first round on March 10.
Fourth-grader Jovee Tkach and fifth-grader Paitlyn Davis each won their respective grade level competitions and will represent Lincoln at the district level. Tkach’s speech is titled “Life Throws You Curves: My Story of Scoliosis” and Davis’s is titled “The Cheese that Saved Me.”
Guide dogs visit Solaris seniors
Puppy raisers from Southeastern Guide Dogs recently visited the residents of Solaris Health Care in Plant City to spread some joy and puppy love.
Residents were brought onto the lanai to have the ability to watch the puppy raiser meeting and see the basic skills training the raisers practice. Following the meeting, the raisers and pups approached a screen and the residents could say hello to the dogs. For those who couldn’t leave their rooms, the raisers and pups visited them at their windows. All the raisers prepared paw-print note cards to be delivered to the residents.