News of Note

Top 20 Most Beautiful


FHW was recently named one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in America. Hometown Health’s Marc Robertz talked with Waterman CEO, Ken Mattison about what that recognition means to his staff as well as Waterman’s patients and visitors in this August interview.

Congratulations to Florida Hospital Waterman for a very eventful year.


Healthy Hits 2011

It’s that time of year.  Hometown Health, Healthy Living Magazine and the Leesburg Lightning are teaming up for our third annual night of baseball and better health.

Join us on Tuesday, July 19th for the 2011 Healthy Hits night when Leesburg takes on Orlando at Pat Thomas Stadium.

Game time is 7pm, the expo begins at 6 and as always, parking and admission to both the expo and game are free.

This year, Project Legacy will be the charity recipient of the expo’s vendor proceeds.


Healthy Hits is a Hit!




Hometown Health, Healthy Living Magazine and the Leesburg Lightning teamed up again for the 3rd annual Healthy Hits night.

A chance for local businesses and medical practices to interact with area baseball fans, it also provided an opportunity to raise money and introduce the community to the work of Project Legacy.

If you missed the game but would like to show your support for Project Legacy either through financial or volunteer support, you can visit them on line at

Want to see photos from the event?  Be sure to “LIKE” us on Facebook.  The Hometown Health Facebook page is a great way to stay up to date on area events, specialist videos and other interesting news and studies on a daily basis.  You’ll find us at Facebook at Hometown Health.



Making Strides Event


On August 23rd, Hometown Health host, Marc Robertz MC'd the official sponsor and team kick off of the 2011 Making Strides event for the Marion County unit of the American Cancer Society.  Held at Silver Springs in Ocala, it was a chance to thank those who have committed to this important cause and signature event.

Interested in being a part of the event? Follow this link to make a pledge to an existing team. For full event information, here is the event web link.

You’ll also find photos from the kick off on our Facebook Page.


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.

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.