Hometown Pinellas


By Monique Welch

Published September 2, 2019

St. Petersburg’s Access Health Care Physicians, LLC receives national recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized primary care physician Edel Alvarez, MD, and his team for their Patient Centered Medical Home program. The St. Petersburg practice received the honor for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce cost.

Local restaurant supports military nonprofit

Taco Dirty in Tampa recently donated a portion of lunch sales to St. Petersburg-based nonprofit The Brian Bill Foundation. The Brian Bill Foundation provides therapeutic retreats to active-duty and retired U.S. Special Operations warriors who have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, and are dealing with mild traumatic brain injury, combat post-traumatic stress and chronic pain. Foundation supporters welcomed restaurant guests and shared information about the foundation.

James Museum’s architecture team recognized for design of facility

Harvard Jolly Architecture, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art’s architecture team, won an Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects’ Florida/Caribbean Chapter for its design of the facility. The project architects, led by design director Yann Weymouth, transformed a vacant office building into an 81,000-square-foot museum with a lobby designed to resemble a canyon, and a two-story sandstone area with an indoor waterfall as a backdrop. The museum’s design was completed as a joint venture between Harvard Jolly Architecture, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, and Yann Weymouth. Harvard Jolly Architecture, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, and Weymouth also won The Future of the Region Awards’ prestigious One Bay McIntosh award earlier this year.

St. Petersburg’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14 donates school uniforms

The American Legion Auxiliary St. Petersburg Unit 14 donated $400 worth of school uniforms to Lakewood Elementary School, 4151 Sixth St. S. Auxiliary members Kerry Barker and Sandy Wheeler went to the school office and inquired as to their needs. The school staff said their biggest need was uniforms, socks and underwear. They provided 22 uniforms, and purchased numerous packages of socks and underwear.

Dunedin Blue Jays recognize 2019 community service award recipient

Samad Taylor has been selected the 2019 Dunedin Blue Jays community service award winner for his dedication to local students and members of the community. The award is given out every year to the Dunedin Blue Jays player who best represents the values and goals of the community relations outreach program throughout the season. Taylor gave back to the community with his many appearances at Pinellas County schools reading and interacting with second grade students. He also helped raise more than $10,600 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay in the Blue Jays annual Charity Bowling Tournament. Samad Taylor joins the list of former award recipients, Danny Barnes, Matt Newman, Taylor Cole, L.B. Dantzler, Jorge Saez, Tim Mayza, Josh DeGraaf, and Connor Eller.

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