Barnabas Center Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Reduce Number of Patients with Uncontrolled Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association and American Medical Association celebrate Barnabas Center for commitment to prioritizing blood pressure control
Barnabas Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) for their commitment to helping improve blood pressure (BP) control rates among the patient populations they serve, earning Gold+ level recognition as part of the 2021 Target: BP™ Recognition Program.
The Gold+ award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to measurement accuracy and have 70 percent or more of their adult patient population with high BP controlled.
Hypertension (high BP) is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and preventable death in the U.S. In addition, there are 121.5 million U.S. adults living with high BP and less than half of those people have their BP under control  – making both diagnosing and effectively managing hypertension critical. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than other causes.
“High blood pressure is a leading risk factor of heart disease and stroke that can often be prevented or managed if diagnosed and treated properly,” said Michele VandenBossche, Barnabas Health Services Manager. “Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health – and critical today since heart disease and strokes continue to be a leading cause of death for Americans.”
Target: BP is a national collaboration between the AHA and the AMA aimed at reducing the number of Americans who suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize BP control. The initiative aims to help health care organizations improve blood pressure control rates through use of AMA MAP BP™ evidence-based protocols and recognizes Barnabas Center committed to improving blood pressure control.
The Target: BP Recognition Program celebrates physician practices and health systems, who treat patients with hypertension, for achieving BP control rates at or above 70 percent within the populations they serve. These achievements will ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of Americans who suffer heart attacks and strokes.
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The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Barnabas Center. The grant will support Barnabas with the purchase of much-needed dental supplies.
The Barnabas dental program provides affordable dental services for low to moderate income adults without health insurance. Services include exams, extractions, cleanings and more. Barnabas provides help and hope to individuals and families in need in Nassau County to improve their stability, health, and well-being. For more information about Barnabas’ programs, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
For more information about Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, visit the company website at https://www.deltadentalins.com/about/community/philanthropy/.
University of Florida/Nassau County Extension Service
Submitted by Anne Sparkle
October 8, 2021
Open Enrollment is October 15 to December 7
The University of Florida/Nassau County Extension Service provides unbiased Medicare consultations to aid Medicare beneficiaries in understanding their options and making their Medicare choices. Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7. During this time, those who already have Medicare can re-evaluate their current Medicare plans and make changes for 2022.
Whether you are new to Medicare and need assistance making your initial choices, or you would like to learn about changes you can make during Open Enrollment, one-on-one unbiased assistance can be provided either in person, or via telephone. Contact Meg McAlpine, Nassau County Extension Service (904) 530-6359, to schedule your appointment.
I-95 at Tide Creek
Daytime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and nighttime lane closures Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge repair.
Pages Dairy Road- County Road 200A at Lofton Creek
Daytime lane closures with flaggers weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for bridge work.
State Road A1A at Chester Road
Daytime lane closure Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for traffic signal work.
State Road A1A at Harper Chapel Road
Daytime eastbound lane closures through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for road work.
Senator Marco Rubio's staff will be at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce office on Friday, October 15th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. to offer constituent services on items such as social security payments, issues with the IRS, federal disaster claims, and veterans benefits, as well as listen to your concerns and suggestions.
Senator Rubio will not be in attendance, but staff representatives will be onsite to meet one-on-one and provide necessary assistance.
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce
961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Friday, October 15, 2021
If you cannot meet with Senator Rubio's staff members during this time but are in need of assistance, please call their office at (866) 630-7106 and they will be glad to assist you.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with Special Guest Vocalist Ashley Pezzotti
Amelia Island, FL – Get ready for Big Band Holidays as the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival launches its 21st season with this uplifting and joyful musical performance. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with special guest vocalist Ashley Pezzotti will fill you with cheer as they perform their unique big band version of holiday classics on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach, located at 1600 S. 8th Street. Tickets will go on sale soon for general purchase with early ticket purchase available for Ameilia Island Chamber Music Festival Contributors. For more information visit online at www.aicmf.org.
Christopher Rex, the Festival’s General and Artistic Director, said, “It is truly an honor to have The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with special guest vocalist Ashley Pezzotti begin our 21st season of performances. Our goal has always been to bring the best artists across multiple genres to perform in an intimate setting. This coming season will feature an exceptional lineup of diverse artists. In addition to highly acclaimed Chamber Music performances, we will be announcing a schedule that includes a four-time Grammy winner who is one of the most famous opera singers of our time.”
The Festival is now in its 21st year of bringing celebrated music performances to Amelia Island. Mr. Rex added, “The Festival’s ongoing success and ability to attract premier artists can be directly attributed to the generosity of the Amelia Island community. We are grateful for our patrons, contributors, sponsors, and volunteers who graciously give their time and talent to ensure The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals.”
About The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Founded in 2001, The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most renowned classical music festivals. Celebrating its 21st season, the Festival is committed to its mission: Presenting the world’s greatest musical artists in chamber music concerts of classical and alternative genres for diverse audiences; to offer music education to concert attendees, students, and aspiring young musicians; and to promote local businesses and tourism by attracting music lovers from Nassau County, northeast Florida and beyond.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The office is located at 1405 Park Avenue, Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034. For additional information, concert tickets, or to learn more about becoming involved visit www.aicmf.org or call 904.261.1779. Follow The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival on Facebook.
10/7/21 @ 11:40 a.m. - The County's Halloween Festival is just a few weeks away and we are happy to report that we have had 47 businesses/groups sign up to hand out candy on Trick or Treat Alley! A big thank you to the following:
If your business or organization would like to join us, please fill out the attached sponsorship form and return it to Jay Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no registration fee so the only costs for you will be what you spend on candy and decorating your booth. Don't forget that booths will be judged and will win a prize!
In addition to trick or treating, the event will feature Hay Rides, Face Painting, Halloween Themed Games, Bounce Houses, and a showing of Hocus Pocus. Entry into the event and all activities are free. The Yulee Athletic Association will, however, have food for sale at their concession stand. All sales will benefit the Association.
If you have any questions, please contact Jay at (904) 630-6120.
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Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Partnering with Florida Chamber of Commerce for Campaign School and Community Leadership Training Program
Have you ever wondered how people get elected to local office or how to volunteer to help with a political campaign? Perhaps you are considering running for office yourself but don't know where to start. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, an initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, to host 'Campaign School & Community Leadership Training'.
This three-part training is free, open to everyone, and non-partisan. Participants are welcome to attend any or all days offered. Each session will include presentations by state and local political experts, university professors, elected officials, and community leaders. This event is highly recommended for candidates, and anyone interested in running for local or state office, serving their community, or managing campaigns.
The first session, Preparing to Run, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 5:30-8:00 PM; the second session, Organizing Your Campaign, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM; the third and final session, Running Your Campaign, is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM.
To register online, please visit www.FIPL.org/register and for more information, call (850) 688-8940 or click here.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization with a mission to promote and maintain a healthy business environment and quality of life for Nassau County.
The FBPD would like to welcome our newest member, Matthew McKenna. Matt was born in Staten Island, New York and spent his early years in Coconut Creek, Florida. His family relocated to Fernandina Beach during his freshman year of high school. After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School, Matt worked at the Omni and started Florida State College of Jacksonville working on an Associate’s Degree.
Matt recently graduated from the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center and was certified as a law enforcement officer in September. Matt’s interest in law enforcement stems from his passion to serve and help people. He was inspired by his brother, a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy to pursue that passion through a career in local service.
Right now Matt is becoming familiar with all of our policies, procedures and computer programs. He will actually be in a patrol car, training with a senior officer at the end of the month – if you see him out there, give him a wave and a welcome!
WELCOME ABOARD MATT, we are glad you are here.
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