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St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Presents Annual Wellness Conference

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Sept. 20, 2012) – Staying on the right path to good health can be tricky. To help ease the journey to health and wellness, the St. Anthony’s Hospital Faith Community Nursing program is presenting a free wellness conference for the community. The conference, Passport to Wellness: Body, Mind, Spirit and Health, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg.

During the conference, participants will be given key information on making changes to promote a healthy lifestyle; resources for heart health and diabetes prevention; and tips on managing stress.

Speakers will include St. Anthony’s physicians and health professionals. They are:

  • David Kohl, MD, and Kevin Garner, MD, both cardiologists, who will discuss heart health;

  • Venkata Budharaju, MD, internal medicine and endocrinology, who will discuss the prevention of diabetes progress;

  • Ali Saberi, MD, internal medicine, who will discuss the mind/body connection in healthy choice lifestyle changes;

  • Seamus Allman, MA, LMHC, a licensed mental health counselor, who will discuss stress management.

There also will be health care vendors and a continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Faith Community Nursing is applying for continuing education credits for the conference.

This free conference is open to the community and health care professionals who want the right tools to help themselves and others lead a healthier lifestyle. “This is part of the mission of St. Anthony’s Hospital,” said President Bill Ulbricht. “Our team works hard to improve the health our community. Providing this free conference goes a step farther in helping us achieve that goal.”

For information and to register, call (727) 953-9109 or visit the conference website, In preparation for the conference, participants are invited to take a seven-minute heart, diabetes or weight health assessment at

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

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