As women, we put the health of our family ahead of our own.  On January 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Crowne Plaza Tampa East, we invite you to put yourself first and enjoy a day of health, wellness, happiness and fun at Healthy Women…Healthy Communities.

“Our lives are hectic!  The time we have to care for our personal needs is limited,” explains Alicia Schulhof, COO, Brandon Regional Hospital.  “We have family to tend to, children to play with and careers that cannot be put on hold.  Most of us are putting other priorities first and our health falls by the wayside.  This forum gives ladies an opportunity to learn together in a comfortable, educational and fun environment.  I am excited that so many members of our community, especially The Tampa Tribune, the Osprey Observer,  PNC Bank,  The Compounding Shop, Women’s Care of Brandon, and Brandon Mitsubishi joined together with Brandon Regional and South Bay Hospitals to help us put women’s health first.”

This informative and fun event begins at 8 a.m.  Women can visit with local vendors including but not limited to AAA Travel, Hope Chiropractic, We Skincare & Wellness, Advanced Diagnostics, The Bridges, YMCA, Revolution Cycle and Fitness and Live Well as well as enjoying pastries and coffee.

At 9 a.m. women can choose one of the following health talks:  Menopause, Hormones, Health and Happiness, given by Alice Honiker, MD; Immunizing Yourself Against Stress and Depression, given by Maulik Trivedi, MD; and Do Heavy Periods Put a Cramp In Your Life?, given by Karin Stanton, DO.

After a short break to visit with vendors, women are invited to attend one of the 10:30 a.m. health sessions:  Heartburn? Reflux? It’s Time to Talk, given by Gopal Grandhige, MD; Not Tonight Honey, I Have a Headache, given by Melisha Baldwin, MD; and The Road to Healthy Living, given by Natasha Champion, MD.

At 12:15 p.m., lunch will be provided.

“As women, it is important that we take the time to educate ourselves about important health issues,” says Sharon Roush, CEO, South Bay Hospital. “The stress of competing priorities such as family and work often causes us to put our health on the back burner. This is an opportunity for women to put their health first, which ultimately leads to better health outcomes for their families and communities.”

We are also pleased to announce that health screenings will be provided including:

  • Bone Density
  • PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) screening
  • Skin Cancer screening
  • Blood Pressure
  • Hearing Exam

For more information on the topics being presented and to register for this event, please call 653-1065.  The cost is $10/person for the event and includes lunch.

Brandon Regional Hospital (BRH) is a 396-bed acute care facility which includes  a 25-bed Behavioral Health Center.  The Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, a Bariatric Center of Excellence and the hospital has received the highest rating for quality cardiac surgery by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


Brandon Regional Hospital has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the highest level of care offered to neonatal patients) dedicated to supporting the Baby Suites in which  more than 75,000 newborns have been born and cared for. The Emergency Center offers public access to average wait times.  The Neuroscience Center and The Heart and Vascular Center offer the latest diagnosis and treatment options for neurological, spine and cardiac conditions.  The Behavioral Health Center at Brandon Regional Hospital offers inpatient psychiatric care to adults 18 and over.  The hospital offers much of the latest in technology, including robotic surgery for gynecological and urological conditions and CyberKnife for the non-invasive treatment of select cancers.

South Bay Hospital is a 112 bed, acute care hospital serving Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and the surrounding areas. South Bay is Joint Commission Accredited, Accredited by the Society for Chest Pain Centers in Chest Pain and Heart Failure, a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. South Bay offers a wide range of services including general and vascular surgery, urology, cardiology, orthopedic, and spine surgery.

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