LkldNow is compiling a daily roundup of news and announcements about local responses to preventing the spread of the COVID-19. Newer items will be posted at the top of the roundup so that readers can come back during the day and quickly find the latest additions. More
Amid concern that the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease will spread in coming weeks, city commissioners this afternoon voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency in Lakeland, giving City Manager Tony Delgado extraordinary authority to respond as events unfold. More
With two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in neighboring Hillsborough and Manatee counties, Lakeland Regional Health is stepping up its response to the novel coronavirus. Arriving patients are screened for symptoms and asked about recent travel. If concerns are raised, steps include issuing facemasks, frequent handwashing, and placement in rooms with special air filtration and controlled access.
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The latest Hospital Compare ratings from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services again give Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center one star out of five, placing it among the bottom 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. More
Orlando Health, which had a brief affiliation with Lakeland Regional Health that ended 15 months ago, has announced its intention to buy 80 acres in south Lakeland “for a potential future medical campus.” More
Lakeland Regional Health is hoping to move quickly on a new behavioral health facility just south of the main hospital campus, expanding and centralizing services it says are integral to the mental health of the community. More
Several hundred Florida Southern College supporters and alumni were on hand today when the college dedicated its new Jean and Sal Campisi Sr. Academic Center for Physical Therapy on Florida Avenue in Dixieland. Here’s video of the ceremony:
Twenty-four students enrolled in the college’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy program when it launched this semester. The college is seeking accreditation for a 36-student program. More
A partnership between Lakeland Regional Health and Lakeland’s MicroPath Laboratories has reduced the number of repeat operations needed by the hospital’s breast cancer patients, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports in an article available only to its subscribers. Micropath pathologists are on call to assess tissues immediately after surgeries to assess whether the full tumor was removed.
A new study says the Lakeland-Winter Haven area has a lot of heavyweights — but not in a good way. Polk County is the heaviest county in Florida, with an obesity rate that’s nearly nine percentage points higher than the rest of the state, according to new calculations by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news website. More