GIWA announces temporary modification of disinfection treatment procedures

PROVIDED BY THE GASPARILLA ISLAND WATER ASSOCIATION Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc. will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for its Placida and Boca Grande potable (drinking water) water supply.  From July 11 at 8 a.m. through August 22, GIWA will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather than combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines).   This conversion […]

The secrets to longevity continue

As part of our year-long celebration of the Boca Grande Health Clinic’s 75th anniversary, the Clinic is pleased to present a short series of web videos that capture some of the “secrets” to having a long, productive life – told by some of the Island’s elders. The third episode of the series features Robert (Bob) […]

More secrets to longevity …

r year-long celebration of the Boca Grande Health Clinic’s 75th anniversary, the Clinic is pleased to launch a short series of web videos that capture some of the “secrets” to having a long, productive life – told by some of the Island’s elders. In the second episode of the series, we hear from Edith (Edie) Gardner. At 97 years young, Edie’s busy days keep her engaged and in constant motion. As a former RN, she understands the importance of healthy eating and keeping fit. She practices her “To rest is to rust” mantra by starting each day with a walk on the beach with her cherished dog.

COVID booster update from the BGHC

On March 28 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of a second COVID-19 booster shot for persons over the age of 50. Additionally, persons over the age of 18 with compromised immune systems are also eligible for a second booster shot. Both Pfizer and Moderna mRNA shots have been granted emergency use authorization – or EUA – for a second booster. Both vaccines seem to be equally effective in boosting neutralizing antibody levels and immunity. Both vaccines can be given as second boosters at four months or more after previous booster administration.

Boca Grande’s secrets to longevity

As part of our year-long celebration of the Boca Grande Health Clinic’s 75th anniversary, the Clinic is pleased to launch a short series of web videos that capture some of the “secrets” to having a long, productive life – told by some of the Island’s elders. Human beings are living longer than ever before … into their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. Since the start of the 20th century, we have increased life expectancy in the United States from just 49 in 1900 to 79 today.

Boca Grande Health Clinic 75th anniversary street party scheduled

The theme of Boca Grande Health Clinic’s 75th anniversary year – “Healthy Together” – celebrates the people who helped build and support the Clinic through the years and the caregivers and donors who sustain it today. “Over the years, we have proven that there are no problems that cannot be overcome when we work together,” said Mark Driscoll, Clinic CEO. “Our history is one marked by triumph over adversity, perseverance in the face of challenges both big and small, and most of all, an unyielding commitment to community.”

ASK A DOC: Hip surgery and what to expect

There are two kinds of hip replacement surgery – total and partial. With total hip replacement, the entire damaged bone or cartilage is replaced with a prosthetic component. This is one of the most common types of joint replacement performed in the United States: more than 450,000 a year. This procedure is more complicated and has a more challenging recovery period than partial hip replacement, which is recommended for patients whose hip joint ball is worn and needs to be replaced with a prosthesis. Partial hip replacement is more straightforward and has the shortest recovery period. It accounts for a quarter of all hip procedures, with nearly 100,000 operations performed per year in the United States.

Medicare Scams Have Arrived in Boca Grande

Scams are nothing new, from emails to send donations to Ethiopian princes, to fake calls from a family member in peril, nearly one in six Americans have lost money to a phone scam in the last 12 months, according to the 2019 U.S. Spam and Scam Report. Boca Grande residents are no stranger to scam […]

Deborah Hahn to retire from Boca Grande Health Clinic

From the time she was a young girl, Deborah “Debby” Hahn always knew she wanted to be a nurse. After earning her nursing degree from the Hawkeye Institute in Waterloo, Iowa, Debby joined the ranks of America’s nurses in a time when women were fighting for equal rights, anti-war sentiments were high, and the Beatles […]

Heart healthy living, island style

BY BRET KUEBER, MDBOCA GRANDE HEALTH CLINIC Back in 2009 a study was completed on the people who lived on Ikaria Island off the coast of Greece. It was known that people lived longer there than on the mainland, and researchers wanted to find out why. There are some lessons in this study, especially with […]