The Villages Voice - October 2014

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A Message from the President of the VHA

by Bill Gottschalk

A Message from the President of the VHA America’s Healthiest Hometown it is more than just a phrase.  President and CEO Don Henderson of Central Florida Health Alliance and Chairperson Don Hahnfeldt Board of Directors of Central Florida Health Alliance made that very clear last month at the VHA General Meeting. Through their power point presentation we viewed the progress over the last 12 years of our Regional Hospital to the new five-story North Tower scheduled to be finished in February 2015, housing additional inpatient and surgical beds as well as a new intensive care unit.  The second phase scheduled for completion in August 2015 will double the size of the emergency department, add operating rooms and add treatment rooms.  The expansion will give TVRH the ability to better serve patients by improving access to healthcare with a total capacity of 323 acute-hospital beds. In addition to a great presentation of our Regional Hospital our guest speakers presented full circle health care in The Villages.  Residents were better able to understand our health care starting with The five (5) Village Health Primary care centers, The USF Health Specialty Care Center, premier orthopedic care, interventional cardiology, emergency, neurosurgery and the world-renowned Moffitt Cancer Center all working together to make The Villages America’s Healthiest Hometown. We closed September with “Meet the Candidate Night”.  Residents had the opportunity to meet in a round table setting the candidates for contested CDD and AAC positions within our community.  Facilitated by VHA members, residents and candidates were able to discuss issues important to the candidates leading their districts as CDD and AAC supervisors.  It is now up to us to vote.  The Executive committee of the VHA will endorse candidates based on the values and principles of the VHA and to the best of our ability the capabilities of candidates to lead.  The endorsements will be available on The VHA website ( There are many opportunities for VHA members to serve our community.   VHA members serve in elected as well as volunteer positions within the three counties, cities, water management districts, professional and medical, as well as, educational, cultural and entertainment and recreation positions.  We also serve as directors and in the many committees of the VHA. There is always room for members who wish to serve their community as VHA volunteers.  I would like to highlight one special position this month.  That is assistant editor of our newsletter the Voice. To continue to provide a quality newsletter our editor needs your help.  I know with a community as large as The Villages there is that person who has experience with community newsletters and is looking to use their talents and editorial skills in preparing the Voice.  Give me a call (352) 430-8011 or Sandy Mott editor at (352) 753-7856. Don’t forget the VHA Community Foundation dinner and dance featuring the Dorels a popular doowoop singing group October 30th. Tickets are on sale now at all Village Box Offices. In closing and as I have stated before all officers and directors are unpaid Village residents, who volunteer to make the Villages a better community.  The VHA accepts no advertising or sponsorship.  Donations to the VHA go to the VHA Community Foundation which conducts a charitable function.  Join the VHA today or renew your VHA membership. Be Safe Bill Gottschalk President