In the News cont.

Polk State College to Receive $1.45 Million for Nursing Training Through State Programs

The Ledger

The Ledger reported on the $1.45 million in nursing education funding and highlighted local hospitals, including Lakeland Regional Health.

LRH Named Among 10 Largest Independent Hospitals in America

Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review releases the top 10 largest independent hospitals in America, naming Lakeland Regional Health as #2.

Drummond Named Among 26 Women CEOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know

Becker’s Hospital Review

LRH President and CEO Danielle Drummond was named as one of the “26 Women CEOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know.”

LRH Ranked 2nd Busiest Emergency Department in Nation

WFLA Channel 8

A feature on Lakeland Regional Health’s status as the country’s second-busiest emergency department.

New LRH Primary and Specialty Care Site

Tampa Bay Business Journal

A highlight on Lakeland Regional Health’s topping-off celebration for new primary and specialty care site at the corner of I-4 and Kathleen Road.

Lakeland Regional Health to Build a Free-standing ER in Christina Area


LKLDNow reports on Lakeland Regional Health’s plans to build a new free-standing emergency department on S. Florida Avenue.

LRH to Break Ground on Freestanding ER

Tampa Bay Business Journal

LRH’s plans to build a freestanding Emergency Department at 6150 Florida Ave. S. in South Lakeland.

LRH Will Build Emergency Department in South Lakeland

The Ledger

Plans announced for a freestanding LRH Emergency Department.

Love a Cup of Coffee? Just Watch the Timing

The Ledger

An article regarding the health benefits, and potential drawbacks, of coffee, including comments from LRH cardiologist Dr. Avinash Khanna.

Give Your Heart Some Love by Getting Enough Sleep

The Ledger

An article regarding sleep’s correlation to heart health, including comments from LRH cardiologist Dr. Avinash Khanna.

Florida Health Care Power 100

City and State Florida

Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO, Danielle Drummond, is named in the Health Care Power 100.

Florida Hospital Association Installs 2022–2023 Board of Trustees

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report

DanielleDrummond is named 2022–23 At-Large Trustee in the Florida Hospital Association 2022–2023 Board of Trustees

Bonnet Springs Park Officially Opens to the Public

That’s so Tampa

An article with a mention of the Lakeland Regional Health Circulator, a 1.7-mile pathway positioned in the main corridor of Bonnet Springs Park.

New Members of Local Medical Facilities

The Ledger

Article including Dr. Imad Dibo and Dr. Marines Acevedo Rodriguez, as well as a highlight on Lakeland Regional Health as one of Forbes Best-in-State employers.

Suicide Leaves Grief-Stricken Loved Ones Behind


A story on suicide’s impact on a community. Interviewing Alice Nuttall on the steps to take if someone is noticeably depressed and suicidal.

Lakeland Regional Health Gets Approval for ER, Urgent Care Facility

The Ledger, Becker’s Hospital Review & Polk News-Sun

Reports on LRH doubling size of medical facilities to 300,000 square feet, making way for a freestanding hybrid emergency department, urgent care center, and new home for GME program.

Lakeland Regional Health’s Kathleen Road Site Doubles in Scope


Reports on growth and expansion of Kathleen Road and the incoming GME programs, comments by Patrick Phillips.

Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness

96.7 FM Downtown Dish

An interview with Danielle Drummond and Alice Nuttall on the mission of LRH’s Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness and the positive impact the new facility will have on the community.

Lakeland Regional Set To Welcome Patients To $46 Million Behavioral Health Facility


Interview with Danielle Drummond and Alice Nuttall on the layout, design, and services offered at the LRH Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness

Best Hospitals, Health Systems to Work for by State

Becker’s Hospital Review

Article on Forbes Best Employers by State, including Lakeland Regional Health.

America’s Best Employers By State


Forbes releases “Best-in-State Employers of 2022”, naming Lakeland Regional Health a top 100 employer in Florida.

Lakeland Regional Health Unveils its New Behavioral Health Center

The Ledger & Becker’s Hospital Review

Coverage of the opening of the LRH Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness

New Lakeland Regional Facility Aimed at Better Serving Behavioral Health Patients

Fox News 13, ABC Action News, & Channel 8 News

Interviews with Danielle Drummond and Alice Nuttall on the opening of LRH’s Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness and the impact it will have on the community’s access to care.

Lakeland Regional Health Seeks to Add ER, Double Size of I-4 Campus

The Ledger

A report on the increase of size for our permitted facilities from 150,000 to 300,000 square feet off the northwest corner of Kathleen Road and I-4.

LRH Gains Attention as Second-Busiest ER in the Country

Fox 13

Dr. Hal Escowitz and Danielle Drummond comment on the exceptional care delivered at LRHMC ER and the plan to build a freestanding ER on South Florida Ave.

Lakeland Regional Health Gets Naming Gift for Psychiatric Unit

The Ledger

An article about the gift to name the Bill and Kathy Pou Pediatric & Adolescent Unit in the Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness.

New Lakeland Regional Health ER Facility

The Ledger

The Ledger interviews Danielle Drummond about the new facility planned for South Florida Avenue as part of an ongoing effort to meet the growing population’s need for access to emergency care and other healthcare services.

LRH Has Second-Busiest ER in the Nation
7/26/2022 picks up and publishes ABC Action News’ coverage of LRH as second busiest ER in the nation.

LRH Ranks No. 2 Busiest Emergency Department in Nation

ABC Action News

Dr. Hal Escowitz also explains LRH’s ER growth, service to the community, and plans to expand access to care

Remain Vigilant During COVID-19 Rise in Cases

Fox 13

Dr. Hal Escowitz comments on COVID-19 cases rising in Polk County, encouraging those in high transmission areas to remain vigilant.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Tragedy

News Channel 8

Alice Nuttall, AVP of Behavioral Health speaks as subject matter expert on “How to talk to your kids about tragedy following Texas school shooting” in News Channel 8 broadcast.

Therapy Pets and Programs in Lakeland, FL

LAL Today

LAL Today highlights LRH’s pet therapy program for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Learn to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to Save Lives of the Severely Injured

ABC Action News

LRHPG trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Gaugler promotes the LRH Stop the Bleed program.

Polk Safety Advocates Push for Availability of ‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits

News Channel 8

Stop the Bleed program promoted by Dr. Andrew Gaugler in News Channel 8 article discussing the need for increased access to “Stop the Bleed” kits.

Lakeland Regional Health Names Behavioral Center for Harrells

The Ledger

The Ledger reported on the transformational gift to name the Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness.

Polk County Sees Late-Season Pediatric Flu Surge

News Channel 8

LRH claims steady increase each week for Influenza A, RSV, and COVID-19.

Panel Discussion on Youth Mental Health in Polk

The Ledger

The Ledger reported on a panel discussion on youth mental health in Polk. LRH child/adolescent psychiatrist Simon Chamakalayil, MD served as a local subject-matter expert.

Polk Sheriff Launches Decal Program to Alert Responders to People with Autism

News Channel 8

Alice Nuttall, AVP of Behavioral Health positively comments on Polk Sheriff’s program to alert responders to people with autism.

Filling the Doctor Gap Will Require a Range of Responses

Florida Trend

Lakeland Regional Health’s Graduate Medical Education program is mentioned as part of the solution to the Polk County physician shortage.

Ivermectin Doesn’t Stop COVID-19, Large Study Finds

News Channel 8

A report on the efficacy of invermectin in treating COVID-19, mentioning the National Institutes of Health’s trial at Lakeland Regional Health.

BayCare HomeCare/Lakeland Regional Health

Tampa Bay Business & Wealth

The BayCare HomeCare/Lakeland Regional Health relationship is mentioned.

Doctor: After Two Years, COVID-19 Shows No Signs of Going Away

The Ledger

Dr. Timothy Regan was interviewed by The Ledger about COVID-19 and what the hospital is facing today, two years after the first patient with COVID-19.

Masking Persists in Polk County

The Ledger

Terry Hamilton was interviewed by The Ledger in regard to the LRH masking policy.

Florida Proposed Budget Includes At Least $101 Million for Mental Health Care

The Ledger

LRH outpatient and telehealth behavioral health services were mentioned in The Ledger as part of existing behavioral health care being  funded in Polk.

LRH Recognized for Early COVID Care

The Ledger

The Ledger reports on LRH’s recognition for early COVID care, released by Healthgrades.

LRH Honored by Healthgrades for Early COVID Care

Healthgrades/Becker Hospital Review

Lakeland Regional Health was honored by Healthgrades as 1 of 24 hospitals across the U.S. that provided exceptional early COVID-19 care.

Polk Health Leaders Ring Alarm Over Spread of COVID-19


Propelled by the ultra-contagious delta variant, COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through Polk County, sending record numbers of people to the hospital, most of them younger than 50 and almost all of them unvaccinated.

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Dr. Vanessa Prowler, One of Tampa's Doctors of the Year

Tampa Style
July/August, 2021

Dr. Vanessa Prowler is a Breast Surgical Oncologist, a surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and benign breast diabetes. She graduated from Medical School at the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2010…


Lakeland Regional Health Joins Program to Help Patients Prevent Stroke

The Ledger

Lakeland Regional Health is joining the University of South Florida and two other hospitals in a study intended to improve the health of people of color who have chronic conditions.


Origami Swans Honor 13,000 COVID Patients Treated at Lakeland Regional

ABC Action News

The origami swans hanging on display at Lakeland Regional Health represent the more than 13,000 COVID-19 patients treated at the hospital since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Dr. Regan Talks About Vaccine Hesitancy With CBS Tampa

10 Tampa Bay

Public health workers are concerned about a recent drop-off in the number of people looking to get vaccinated all around the Tampa Bay region.

Agradecimiento en las Alturas


Una enfermera que combatio contra el coronavirus durante todo el ano fue invitada a montarse en uno de los jets de los Blue Angels.