Winter Haven - Here are some news and happenings shared by our good friends at Bartow Regional Medical Center and Winter Haven Hospital.
BayCare encourages pet therapy at all its hospitals through our Volunteer Services programs. Certified dogs and their hospital volunteer handlers visit with consenting patients (and their families/visitors) to lessen the stress that likely comes with a hospital visit. At Bartow Regional, Snickers, an Aussie doodle, visits the hospital regularly. It took more than a year for Snickers and handler Patricia Davis to undergo the training so they could earn certification as a pet therapy team. Snickers is one of several pet-therapy volunteers at BRMC. At Winter Haven Hospital, you can typically find Zora in the Cassidy Cancer Center infusion room where chemotherapy patients are settling in for hours of treatment.
COPD Awareness Month:
March 8-14 is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. WHH’s Better Breathers class offers free advice and support for those with COPD and other respiratory issues. The class is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Wellness Center conference room, and typically 10-12 people attend each month. In addition, on the fourth Wednesday, there is a “Breathe Easy Chair Yoga” class.
First TAVR Patient at WHH:
With the recent opening of Winter Haven Hospital’s expanded Bostick Heart Center, the cardiac team is now offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to patients suffering from aortic valve stenosis. Our first TAVR patient has been waiting to have his surgery close to home by the physicians he trusts and is tentatively scheduled to undergo the procedure on March 3rd.