At The Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

Patient Shares Positive Maternity Experience

May 19, 2023

Patient delivering second child via C-section at the Women’s Center is grateful and pleased with compassionate staff and quality care.

Shining a Light on Women's Health

May 5, 2023

Dr. Eden Yelverton, OB/GYN, discusses how to put yourself first by getting ahead of your routine health screenings. Here's what to know.

The Timeline of a Stroke: Onset to Recovery

April 24, 2023

A stroke can cause chaos. Know what to expect from its start to the recovery process.

Understand Your Allergies

April 24, 2023

Let's dive into the reasons for your pesky itchy eyes and runny noses, and how to avoid them.

Lakewood Ranch Maternity Patient Shares Her Story

April 6, 2023

Anjelica Yoder credits the OB/GYN team from Lakewood Ranch Medical Group for making her first childbirth experience truly special.

5 Things to Know About Hernias

April 2, 2023

They’re common and can happen to anyone. General Surgeon Samuel Yelverton, MD, explains what to look for.

Get to Know the Newest General Surgeon and OB/GYN

March 31, 2023

Lakewood Ranch Medical Group welcomes married couple Sam Yelverton, MD, general surgeon, and Eden Yelverton, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 16, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 16, 2023

It’s a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test is Right for You?

February 24, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you.

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 24, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here's the breakdown.

Childbirth Options After C-Section

February 21, 2023

Women who have had a previous cesarean section (C-section) may be eligible to experience natural childbirth. Joel Hallam, DO, an OB/GYN at Lakewood Ranch Medical Group, explains.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 24, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 24, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

Star Nurses Share Their Nursing Career Stories

January 4, 2023

"We take the time to develop our dedicated nurses so they can achieve their career goals at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center." - Sara Wilson, RN, Intensive Care Unit

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

January 4, 2023

The fall and winter have seen a lot of respiratory illnesses, including RSV, which is especially hard on children. Know how to identify and treat it.

New Year’s Most Popular Resolution: Weight Loss

December 2, 2022

Looking to make a change this new year? Dr. Claire McGill, DO, provides helpful information on maintaining a healthy weight.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 17, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 16, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

Back On Her Feet After Several Surgeries

November 10, 2022

Meet Laura; she became ill on vacation. Dr. David Dexter performed life-saving procedures and now she is living life to the fullest.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 31, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Unrecognized, and Dangerous

October 24, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

Why Does Breast Density Matter?

October 18, 2022

Breast cancer awareness isn’t confined to one month. Learn how breast density can affect your risk for breast cancer.

Are You at Risk for Varicose Veins?

October 14, 2022

If you have pronounced blue, red or flesh-colored leg veins, you might have varicose veins. Learn about the risk factors and treatment options for this condition.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

October 4, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

October 3, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

A Day a Local Family Will Not Forget

September 8, 2022

A three-year-old’s injury turns into a positive ER experience.

Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy as They Go Back to School

September 8, 2022

A new school year means buying school supplies, new clothes and preparing lunches. It also means keeping the kids healthy.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

September 1, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key. This simple test can uncover a dangerous condition.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

September 1, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer among American men, and often progresses with few outward signs. Screening for it is important.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

August 10, 2022

It's the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide. Learn how to better deal with it.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

August 2, 2022

 These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

Delivery at Women’s Center Was “Everything I Could Want”

August 2, 2022

Lakewood resident Lainey Johnson had a positive experience delivering her first child at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

July 3, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Check out these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Summer Safety Essentials

June 29, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 10, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 10, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

For Expectant Moms, The Birth They Want To Have

May 5, 2022

If you are expecting, you can create your own birth plan. Learn how.

Recognition for our Remarkable Nurses

April 22, 2022

Nurses are on the frontline of most every healthcare interaction. We celebrate nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

When You Need Care, Make the Smart Choice

March 25, 2022

Learn when to visit the emergency room versus urgent care.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing what’s happening in your head could save your life.

The Connection Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease

March 22, 2022

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may need to get your heart checked. Learn why.

Learn the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

February 22, 2022

Lakewood Ranch cardiologist David Buck explains what it does, and why you should consider giving it a try.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

Women’s Center Enhances the Patient Experience

June 28, 2021

“Women always remember the experience of giving birth,” says Johanna Pumphrey RN, MBA, Director, Women’s Center.

Expansion Offers Patients Greater Treatment Options

November 16, 2020

Today’s interventional radiology therapies are more precise and more effective than ever, offering patients and their doctors additional options to treat disease.

Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

October 21, 2020

Breast cancer survivors Candice Ermer and Jean Muccini took different paths to the Breast Health Center, but they agree on this: screenings are essential.

Don’t Put Off Your Annual Mammogram Due to COVID-19

October 12, 2020

Regular screenings are key to detecting breast cancer, and LWRMC has extensive health precautions in place to help keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jimmy Kimmel Honors a Lakewood Ranch Nurse

July 28, 2020

Rob Guerra gets a big surprise after returning from New York City, where he helped care for COVID-19 patients.

The Women’s Center Renovation Has Begun!

July 24, 2020

The new look and feel will focus on comfort for moms and families as they welcome their new arrivals.

Walking Pain-Free After Hip Surgery

July 22, 2020

Rebecca Fulton had her second hip replacement in May. She tells about her experience and the COVID-19 safety measures that reassured her.

Thank You to the Community and Our Staff!

July 20, 2020

Hospital directors share heartfelt messages of gratitude for the response to COVID-19.