Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Lakeside Medical Center National Ranking

Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade was named the most racially inclusive hospital nationwide, according to the Lown Institute. The Lown Institute is a non-partisan think tank that advocates for a just health care system. Of the more than 2,800 hospitals assessed using the Lown Institute Hospitals “Index for Social Responsibility”, Lakeside Medical Center placed number one in the nation for its equitable care in serving the agricultural communities in rural, western Palm Beach County. The medical center, which is run by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, is also a teaching hospital.

Locks Closing on Lake Okeechobee

South Florida Water Management District will close the locks at Taylor Creek for just over two weeks, according to Charles Murphy of WOKC. They plan to close from April 18 to May 4th. Libby Pigman explained, they waited until late April to make the decision, when boat traffic is usually low. 

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is a time to recognize progress Public Health has made in strengthening and protecting the public’s health and continuing to improve the health and well-being of Americans by preventing disease, supporting medical research, and promoting safer and healthier communities. The 2022 National Public Health Week theme is “Public Health is Where You Are.” April 4th to April10th is also an opportunity to recognize not only the important work of public health workers in our communities, but also to unite around critical public health issues and focus our collective energy on the singular goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives.  Jennifer Hood, Administrator/Health Officer for the Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties said “the first step that families can take toward public health are in the comfort of their own home with family nutrition, maternal health, and mental wellness. By taking better care of ourselves and supporting our family and friends in their efforts to lead healthier lives, we can all play an important role in National Public Health Week.” To recognize the impacts of Public Health efforts, each day of this week provides a different theme; NPHW 2022 Daily Themes:  

For more information about National Public Health Week and American Public Health Association, visit