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TORONTO, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, through Scotiabank's global philanthropic program, Bright Future, the Bank announced a pledge of $1 million to support the Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project. These funds will be used to support the project's telemedicine programs in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Bahamas.  

The telemedicine element of the project will allow physicians in the Caribbean to connect directly with leading paediatric cancer and blood disorder experts at SickKids. As well, physicians specializing in areas other than cancer and blood diseases can also connect with both Caribbean and international colleagues, enhancing their ability to diagnose and care for Caribbean children. The goal of this project is to expand access to world-leading medical professionals allowing children to get the best care possible in their own country.  

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman will join breast cancer survivor dragon boat racing team, Save Our Sisters, for a first-hand experience on the water, Saturday, March 16, at the team’s annual Professional Day event. Held at the Miami Rowing Club on Key Biscayne (next to the former Marine Stadium), the team will also host doctors and other medical professionals who care for breast cancer patients and survivors, to help them better understand the benefits of dragon boating.

In a twist to this year’s event, SOS will also host Herb Wagner, a male breast cancer survivor and pioneer in the field of male breast cancer awareness (www.malebreastcancer.ca).  

campbell elementaryTanya Silver fiddles with her hands and has a flush look on her face as the patient care technician at her middle school listens to her heart. The 14 year old felt a heavy pain on her chest and went to her school based health center to be examined.  Silver (named changed to protect her identity) told the staff she thought she might be having a heart attack.

“She came in with chest pains and we are trained to recognize children with personal problems,” said Carmen Edwards, the school patient care technician. “I checked her and everything was fine. So I started to ask deeper questions. She finally told me that both of her parents had passed away and that she saw her father kill her mother and then he killed himself.”

Edwards and the other staff members knew the issue was not medical and instead connected Silver to see mental health specialists. Its one of so many times that the staff from Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI)  made a major difference in the life of a child at one of CHI’s 31 school based health centers.

Tallahassee, FL - The Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed HB 9 to allow Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to sign certificates of Involuntary Examination for patients who are suicidal or homicidal. This is the third and last committee for HB 9, the next stop is the House floor. All three committees passed this bill unanimously.

"This bill will protect patients who are suicidal by allowing Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) to admit patients for examination and evaluation to get the help they need" stated Representative Campbell. ARNPS are designated as primary care providers in the state's Medicaid Waiver. They have a legal duty to protect patients and the public from harm. This bill allows them to do just that" she went on to say.