Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties to Participate in Triple Play Guinness World Record Attempt for Star Jumps

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LEESBURG, FL – Guinness World Records defines the Star Jumps (jumping jacks) record as, “This record is for the most people Star Jumping (Jumping Jacks) simultaneously at multiple venues for two consecutive minutes.”  Jumping Jacks are called Star Jumps in some countries because the arms, legs and head form a five-pointed star.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties will join Clubs from around the country during National Boys & Girls Club Week in an attempt to break this record.  At the event, each participant will begin the Star Jumps at the exact same time as everyone else in the country and jump for two minutes non-stop.  Community members are invited to stop by one of our Clubs to join in the attempt to set the record!

This attempt to break the world record will bring attention to the importance of young people living healthy, active lifestyles and how Boys & Girls Clubs help fill this need every day.  Clubs do this through programs like Triple Play, BGCA’s proven health and wellness program that encourages kids to eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships.

When:     Tuesday, March 22, 2011
               Event begins at 5:30 pm
               Star Jumps start at 6:30 pm

Where:     2 Club locations –

        Teeter Unit            NE Lake Unit
400 Executive Blvd        1705 E. CR 44
Leesburg, FL 34748        Eustis, FL 32736

About Us
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties (BGCLSC) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  In 2010 over 1,000 local youth benefited from Club programs.  BGCLSC offers programming in three key areas – Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character and Citizenship through the Teeter Unit in Leesburg, the NE Lake Unit in Eustis, and the South Lake Unit in Clermont.  A fourth location is being planned to serve youth in The Villages/Lady Lake area.  For more information about BGCLSC, please visit our website at www.bgclsc.org.


Local Family has Reason to Celebrate Due to Successful Induced Hypothermia Outcome

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altThe Hoover family of Lake County has reason to celebrate now but a recent birthday party on January 22, 2011 nearly turned to tragedy for this close-knit family of six. 

Jamie Hoover, a 37-year old local father and truck driver, started his work day with a short haul drive from Miami and then joined his family and friends at Lake Idamere Park in Tavares to celebrate the birthday of his 11-year old stepdaughter Janie.  Early in the festivities, without any apparent warning, this hard-working family man passed out and slumped to the ground.  

That was the last thing that Jamie remembers until he woke up in the ICU at Leesburg Regional Medical Center with a tube down his throat.  He adds, “And, the first words I heard were my wife’s ‘I love you.’”

Hoover had no medical history of heart problems other than a long-time diagnosis of a heart murmur that had not caused any issues.  At the party, Jamie displayed none of the classic signs of a heart attack.  As his wife Autumn explains, “Suddenly, it looked like Jamie was having a seizure so we called 9-1-1.”

Fortunately for Jamie Hoover, Lake-Sumter EMS’ Station 161 is located just a few miles from Lake Idamere Park and crew members Toni Bowling and Robert Brandon arrived within six minutes of the 9-1-1 call being made. 

While the ambulance was enroute to the park, Autumn Hoover and an unidentified bystander began performing CPR on Jamie.  Autumn does not know the name of her CPR partner but would love to meet her someday.  She stated, “It was like she was an angel.  She just came out of nowhere to help.”

While Jamie Hoover may not remember any of the care he received until he woke up in the ICU, upon their arrival, the Lake-Sumter EMS crew—paramedic Bowling and EMT Brandon—quickly ascertained that Jamie was in cardiac arrest and state-of-the-art medical protocols were initiated immediately.  Within minutes, the crew delivered his first life-saving defibrillation and began to administer crucial cardiac arrest medications.  In all, Jamie received a total of five defibrillations and five dosages of cardiac arrest medications.  At this time, his pulses returned but Jamie remained unconscious.

Crews placed Jamie on a backboard, carried him to a nearby stretcher and placed him in the back of the ambulance where he was quickly intubated and care continued.  A couple of years ago, Jamie Hoover’s story might have ended differently but in 2009 Lake-Sumter EMS’ medical director, Dr. Paul Banerjee, was the driving force behind bringing induced hypothermia to Lake and Sumter Counties. 

For Jamie Hoover that meant that crews, following the induced hypothermia protocol in which they are trained, administered an IV infusion of cold saline and ice packs were placed on his head and under his arms to lower his body temperature.  These seemingly simple steps have far-reaching medical ramifications.

When the heart stops beating during a sudden cardiac arrest; the brain abruptly loses blood flow and is no longer receiving oxygen.  In order to preserve itself, the brain switches from aerobic metabolism (using oxygen to create energy) to anaerobic metabolism (using alternate means to create energy without oxygen).  As a by-product of anaerobic metabolism, the cells in the brain excrete a lot of toxins and free-radicals.  If a patient has a return of spontaneous circulation (their heart starts beating again and blood flow returns to the brain); all of the toxins that are present from anaerobic metabolism can get drawn back into the cells of the brain, causing the cells to become damaged or die. 

This means that even if a patient survives a cardiac arrest, they usually have brain damage that would severely inhibit them from enjoying the quality of life they had before the arrest.  The longer a patient was in cardiac arrest; the greater the amount of toxins that will be present and the greater the level of permanent brain damage that can occur. 

Dr. Paul Banerjee explains, “By inducing hypothermia and cooling a patient by several degrees for a period of time after cardiac arrest; we can slow down the metabolism within the brain, decrease the likelihood that the toxins will get re-absorbed into brain cells, and give the toxins time to dissipate.  This allows patients to have a decrease in the amount of damage that occurs due to having their brain without oxygen for a period of time.  Therapeutic hypothermia is one way we can stretch time and delay the release of neuronal death by minimizing neurotoxin release, and thus help preserve brain function.”

Lake-Sumter EMS does not administer induced hypothermia in isolation; staff works closely with the local receiving medical facilities.  As the transport by ambulance of Jamie Hoover was taking place, the paramedic contacts Leesburg Regional Medical Center by radio and relays the incoming patient report to hospital staff, allowing Emergency Department personnel time to prepare to accept the patient and continue the specialized care involved with induced hypothermia. 

When Jamie Hoover arrived at the hospital he had a stable blood pressure and steady pulse but remained unconscious.  Hoover’s condition did not improve immediately.  In fact, according to his wife Autumn, “Doctors told me that they were not going to give me false hope and that patients don’t often come back from cardiac arrest neurologically intact.”

But, as Hoover’s stepdaughter Janie explains it, as only an eleven-year old who has watched her father experience cardiac arrest at her birthday party can, “It’s a miracle.”

Her mother agrees, saying, “We are truly blessed to be sitting here today.”

Jamie Hoover was released from the hospital on Valentine’s Day this year, three weeks after suffering what could have been a fatal sudden cardiac arrest. 

Recently the Hoover family visited Lake-Sumter EMS and met the crew—Toni Bowling and Robert Brandon—who responded when Jamie had his cardiac arrest.  With his young children Dmitrius, Lillie, Jamie, and Janie playing quietly nearby, Jamie and Autumn learn the details of the care he received which saved his life in January. 

Jamie currently wears a defibrillator vest until a pacemaker can be implanted in a few weeks, but his neurological long-term outlook and future is very positive.  Induced hypothermia is making a difference for cardiac arrest patients like Jamie in Lake and Sumter County.

Nationally, the outcomes have not been as bright.  According to the American Heart Association, nearly 300,000 Americans suffer from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year and 95% of these patients will die. 

In the past, studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have shown that between four and nine percent of cardiac arrest survivors were able to leave the hospital neurologically intact prior to the implementation of induced hypothermia.  With this medical advance, 55 percent of patients are leaving the hospital with the same neurological abilities they had prior to cardiac arrest.

Dr. Paul Banerjee states, “Locally, we are seeing a 56 percent rate of success with induced hypothermia patients like Jamie Hoover and we’re one of the pioneers with this cutting edge procedure. A 2009 National Institutes of Health survey reports that only six percent of all EMS agencies nationally perform induced hypothermia.”

Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2000 by Lake and Sumter Counties to provide quality, community-based Emergency Medical Services.  The agency operates 28 Advanced Life Support ambulances from stations located throughout both Lake and Sumter counties.  The company is governed by a Board of Directors headed by Chairman Welton G. Cadwell.  Jim Judge serves as Executive Director with administrative offices located at 2761 W. Old Highway 441 in Mount Dora, Florida.

New Vision Early Intervention Program

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altBabies and children with low vision or blindness are now being accepted in the New Vision Early Intervention Program.  The program is available for children from birth through five years of age, who are blind or visually impaired, and their parents, families, and caregivers.  All services are at no cost to the participants. 

Early Intervention Services are provided to enhance all areas of child development.  Services are specialized as they relate to blindness and visual impairment.  The goal is to maximize the overall development and independence of blind or visually impaired infants and toddlers by providing direct Early Intervention Services, information, and resources to the children and their caregivers.  The program helps ensure that visually impaired children enter school as ready to learn as their sighted classmates.  It also links children and their families to other available resources that could assist these families in the future. 

Instruction and sessions may occur at the child’s home, day school, neighborhood playground, and other appropriate locations in the community.  The Early Intervention staff is also available for attendance at IEP/FSP meetings, consultations, and transition activities. All services are free, there is no cost to the participant or family.

For more information call New Vision for Independence at 352-435-5040.

Rick Copley Win's Rugged Maniac Race in Jacksonville

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altGreen Cove Springs FL, February 26th, 2011 - Over 2000 people descended on the Bostwick Creek Motocross Park on the outskirt on Jacksonville for the Rugged Maniac Adventure race. This 5k race featured obstacles like 9 foot high wall, mud, barbed wire, sand and a leap over fire. Here is what the website says about the race:

"Those who push their limits know themselves in a way those who don’t never will.  Rugged Races’ events combine the most rugged terrain and burly obstacles to allow those with a sense of adventure to define themselves, then bask in their glory at a rocking after party with live music, food and plenty of beer.  There are no races out there like this!  The others only try.  We won’t run you around a glorified golf course and proclaim it rugged.  We won’t make you wait in ridiculous lines mid-course and pretend you have been challenged.  We won’t charge you to park.  We pride ourselves on our courses and we promise they will punish you in a mighty way." 

When the last wave finished and the dusk had settled Rick Copley of Eustis was crowned the overall champion. His time of 21:40 out paced second place Jonathan Brown of Merritt Island by almost a minute. Brown covered the course is 22:30.

Beth Whalen of Cocoa Beach won the ladies division with a super fast time of 25:08.

"The course was hard but super fun. Because of the way I train I was able to go through the obstacles without tiring myself out to much. The last 2 miles were on a sanding trail and I was able to pull away. This was my first Rugged Maniac event and I am happy to be able to win this event representing Lake County and Eustis!!"

Lake County Schools Reveals Finalists for School-Related Employee of the Year

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altTAVARES — It takes more than teachers and principals to create great learning environments in Lake County schools and last week it was an opportunity to recognize the three finalists for School-Related Employee of the Year: Alfonzo Baptiste, Teacher Assistant at Eustis Heights Elementary; Marie Mauldin, Bus Driver,; and Robert Zehner, PC Software Tech at Lake Technical Center.

Employees at each school and department selected a nominee for the honor. All nominees filled out an application and a panel of judges’ scored the applications to select the three finalists. To recognize the commitment to Lake County Schools by the three finalists, School Board Vice Chairman Rosanne Brandeburg, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, Educational Foundation of Lake County Board Member Bill Giffing and other staff visited each employee to announce their selection.

“Thank you for everything you do to represent Lake County Schools,” said Dr. Moxley to the three finalists. “You do such a wonderful job so thank you.”

More information about the three finalists includes:

Alfonzo Baptiste — Regina Sapp, a VPK teacher at Lake Eustis Heights Elementary, for the past two years has had the pleasure of having Baptiste as a Teacher Assistant. In his role, Baptiste assists educational staff in monitoring students, preparation of academic activities and evaluating completed work. He also assists students with academic difficulties, personal needs and to provide emotional support and encouragement to students. “I love him because I can trust any of my children with him,” Sapp said.

Marie Mauldin — The last decade, Mauldin has been transporting students as a School Bus Driver and is a recipient of the “safe driver award” every year she has been driving a bus. She prides herself in getting children to and from school safely and working with students, parents and others on situations that may arise. “I love the kids,” she said. “I always have been with kids my whole life.”

Robert Zehner — For the past three years, he has been the PC Software Tech at Lake Technical Center and for the third consecutive year he has been selected to represent the facility as its employee of the year. His position includes maintaining and upgrading software applications and troubleshooting, identifying and repairing operating errors. Zehner is also a product of Lake Technical Center. The former scuba diving store owner took a technology program at the school. “Then a job came open here and the rest is history,” he said. “It’s a great place to work.” Added Dr. Diane Culpepper, Director of Lake Technical Center, “He exemplifies education, people that are passionate about doing the right thing.”
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