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Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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  • Poinciana Medical Center completes emergency department expansion

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer It took less than two years, but the Poinciana Medical Center has already outgrown the space in its emergency department. The Medical Center fixed that with a recently completed expansion. The expansion, finished in January, added 10 beds and 3,500 square feet to the emergency room for a total of 22 beds and 14,500 square feet. A second 64-slice CT 3-D X-ray scanner also was

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  • OC Grown seeks volunteers to expand local food movement

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Locals are interested in Osceola County Grown. And the feeling is mutual. About 1,000 people turned up Jan. 31 for the giant version of the OC Grown Saturday Farm Market. The occasion featured live music, a barbecue contest and a record number of vendors and informational booths promoting area community gardens and programs offered by the county’s extension office. By most accounts, it was a

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  • Citizens have final chance to purchase health insurance before fines begin

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Politicians and healthcare advocates across the state are making a final push to get citizens discounted health insurance plans through healthcare.gov by Sunday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Politicians and healthcare advocates across the state are making a final push to get citizens health insurance plans through healthcare.gov by Sunday, the last day to buy coverage or possibly face a fine. Buying health insurance through the online national marketplace can be cumbersome, but it’s also more affordable than most citizens realize, according to officials. Workers who earn between $11,000 and $46,000 – within

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  • Poinciana Medical Center to host health expo Jan. 24

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Lisa D’Cato Poinciana Writer Poinciana Medical Center, 325 Cypress Parkway, will hold a Health Expo on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. Receive free health screenings and meet the hospital’s physicians. This is also an opportunity to see the hospital and learn about Poinciana Medical Center’s expansion. ooo For the 2015-16 school year, the Osceola School District will offer the pre-diploma program at Gateway High School and Celebration High School.

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  • Register for health care now, officials say

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
A sign advertising Obamacare coverage can be seen at Bel-Kiss Plaza on Central Avenue and Vine Street in Kissimmee.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer This year, under the Affordable Care Act, penalties for adults without insurance climb significantly – from $95 or 1 percent of income to $325 or 2 percent of income, whichever is higher. Heart of Florida United Way partnered with the Primary Care Access Network to make it easier for Central Floridians to sign up for health insurance and avoid the fee. By using United Way’s

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  • Hanging out with Studio Zero G

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer If you’re looking to turn your fitness routine upside down, try “hanging out” with the gang at Studio Zero G in St. Cloud. Approaching their first anniversary in business, owners Melissa Medina and Rob Gorham lead the devoted pack of aerial enthusiasts who are getting in shape and defying gravity.  Characterized by the industrial-strength silk hammocks that hang from the ceiling, the studio is a

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