News of Note

Red Hat Luncheon



It’s time to raid the purple part of your wardrobe and don your favorite read hat for the 9th Annual Red Hat Luncheon, presented by the Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation.

Hometown Health is proud to co-sponsor the event on Thursday, October 13th beginning at 10:30am at Lake Receptions in Mt. Dora.

Pre-registration is required and you’ll find the program agenda and registration form here.





The Power of Pink





It’s estimated that more than 12,000 women in Florida will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. And of those, 3000 will lose the battle.

While there are numerous worthy organizations in the battle against breast cancer, the Susan G Komen foundation leads the pack when it comes to brand awareness.

Komen’s introduction of pink and the pink ribbon as a symbol of unity in the fight for a cure has helped designate Komen as the “Most Valued Non-Profit Brand, Top Ranked for Trust, and the Charity People Are Most Likely to Donate To” as ranked in a 2010 Harris Interactive survey.

It’s estimated that Komen has raised nearly 2 billion dollars since its inception in 1982 – in large part, due to high energy and innovative fundraising. But can creativity go too far?

Apparently so – just ask the 143 high school football refs from Washington State who were disciplined for wearing pink whistles to help raise awareness. While their efforts brought in nearly $5000, it also got them into trouble with the Washington Officials Association. The case is currently in court.

If you’re a bit confused about all the causes and all the pink products and whether you’re really making a difference, Breast Cancer Action suggests you think before you pink.

We’ve included the link to this online resource along with a very informative article from USA Today to help you make better purchase and donation decisions.

Golf Classic


To help support the Waterman Heart Center, and enjoy the wonderful Central Florida Weather, Health Care Professionals hit the links for the 18th annual Partners in Health Care Golf Classic at Red Tail Golf club in Sorrento, sponsored by the Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation.

We've also included a link to the Waterman Foundation donations and special events page here.

Waterman Community Health Clinic Grant


Several of our partners have benefitted recently from a new million dollar grant from the Lake Health Partnership – a program with a very specific goal – improve public health care in Lake County by expanding access and resources through existing public healthcare agencies.

Florida Hospital Waterman’s Community Health Clinic was one such benefactor of the grant.

The Lake Sumter Medical Society’s We Care Program and the Lake County Health Department also received portions of the Lake Health Partnership Grant.  Congratulations to all.

Follow this link for more information about the Florida Hospital Waterman Community Primary Health Clinic.

Taste of The Villages


We want to invite you to the Taste of The Villages, the annual fundraiser for the Lazarus Free Medical Clinic in Wildwood.

The Lazarus clinic is staffed by Lake and Sumter County area medical professionals who volunteer their time to help provide care for the estimated 7-9,000 uninsured families in the tri-county area.

Taste of The Villages will be your chance to sample food and beverage from local restaurants while supporting an important cause.

The event is Wednesday, February 8 from 6-9pm at the Wildwood Community Center.

Tickets are $25 per person and very limited. For more information call 352-350-3527.

Hometown Health is proud to help sponsor this event and we look forward to seeing you there.


Love Your Heart…For A Change




While we're focusing on Diabetes Awareness this month, last month was National Heart Health Month. Hometown Health attended Florida Hospital Waterman's annual Cardiac Wellness Fair “Love Your Heart…For A Change”.

The Fair not only highlighted the importance of cardiac wellness, but it also focused on food, nutrition and Diabetes education.





March 27th is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. It's a one-day "wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How prevalent is diabetes in the US?  The American Diabetes Association estimates nearly 26 million Americans, or 8% of our population, has diabetes.

Here are some other eye-opening statistics:

•    People with pre-diabetes conditions account for another 79 million people
•    1 in 400 children have diabetes
•    Nearly 27% of seniors 65 and older have diabetes
•    Diabetes cost the US $174 Billion in direct and indirect medical expenses in 2007

And, there’s even more information about the prevalence, prevention, statistics and impact on your health when you view the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet from the CDC.

Related Stories:

TCP: Diabetes and Foot Health
Lake ENT: Diabetic Children and Sleep Apnea
FHW Heart:  Diabetes and Heart Health
Audiology: Diabetics and Hearing Loss

Web Extras:

•    National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011
•    Diabetes and Me (CDC)
•    Diabetes Risk Test
•    American Diabetes Association
•    Symptoms, causes, prevention (NIH)


2012 FHW Gala




What do America, Pure Prairie League and Starship all have in common? This year marks the 3rd annual Florida Hospital Waterman Gala and Starship follows in the footsteps of past big name concert performances.

Hometown Health is proud to sponsor such a wonderful event. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here!