January 3, 2014

Celebrate the opening of Tampa’s missing link
Tampa Tribune-Jan. 3
The Tampa Bay area is moving now. That’s right — the Interstate 4/Selmon Expressway Connector will open soon to the delight of commuters, port businesses and Ybor City enthusiasts.

Trade publication names Halifax Health to list of top women’s health programs
Daytona Beach News-Journal- Jan. 2
Becker’s Hospital Review, a Chicago-based trade publication, has named Halifax Health to its list of 100 hospitals with great women’s health programs.

Clock ticking on upgrades, fixes at Tampa zoo
Tampa Tribune- Jan. 2
If things had gone as planned, Lowry Park Zoo would have a new veterinary hospital and feeding center up and running by now.

Jackson: Inspired by O’Neil’s grace in 2013
Tampa Tribune- Jan. 1
Of all the harrowing tales that shaped Pasco County in 2013, none outstripped Paula O’Neil’s for courage, resolve, faith and good humor.

Gibbs Cancer Center focuses on research
Herald-Journal- Jan. 1
Dr. Savitha Sharna works tirelessly from a quiet room on the third floor. The research scientist spends eight hour each day in the new laboratory at the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute, usually sitting behind a computer screen next to a large window or peering at cancer cells through a microscope.

Pills offer hope for Hep C and cancer patients
Creative Loafing- Jan. 1
Last month a new drug hailed as a major breakthrough in the battle to treat chronic hepatitis C received FDA approval, a potential game changer for patients desperate for a less painful way to treat their symptoms.

Locals celebrate New Year’s Eve on Main Street in Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach News-Journal- Jan. 1
2014 couldn’t come fast enough for some people celebrating the coming of the new year Tuesday night on Main Street.

Tampa Bay residents show tepid support for Obamacare in new poll
Tampa Bay Times- Dec. 30
President Barack Obama's signature health care law is drawing tepid support in the Tampa Bay region, a new poll shows, with a majority of residents saying they basically like it or are at least willing to let it play out.

Cancer Doesn’t Stop Area Family From Forging Ahead
Lakeland Ledger- Dec. 28
Several years before Guy Smith found a lump behind his ear, before his stepdaughter died, before living in an SUV became an all-too-real possibility, he made a promise.

Once shot and buried alive, Phoebe grows into gentle companion
Tampa Bay Times- Dec. 26
On a quiet Wednesday night a little more than a year ago, Mike DeWitt turned on the evening news and saw a picture of a pit bull buried up to her neck.She had been shot twice and left to die. Trapped.

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