USF Health takes center stage at Villages Homeowners Association meeting

Donald Hahnfeldt (right), president of the Villages Homeowners Association, presents a model of a golf cart to  Stephen Klasko, CEO of USF Health and medical school dean.

The newly forged partnership between USF Health and The Villages is a “perfect match” between two unique entities, Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of USF Health and dean of the USF College of Medicine said May 11 during the annual Villages Homeowners Association meeting.

He was joined on stage by Dr. Leslie Miller, chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at USF Health, and Dr. Jay Wolfson, a distinguished professor in public health, law and medicine. They spoke about opportunities to harness innovative public health, information technology and medical knowledge to help residents of The Villages live longer and better.

Dr. Jay Wolfson, distinguished professor of public health, medicine and law, addresses the crowd at the Villages Homeowners Association annual meeting.

USF Health plans to conduct a major study to examine the health of Villages residents and begin a “concert series,” in which faculty will visit the retirement community to share the latest health tips and meet with small groups to listen and learn from residents. Another goal, Dr. Klasko said, will be to help ensure that Villages residents who are patients in the current health care system have the latest and best technical treatments available for enhanced care.

Dr. Leslie Miller, chair of Cardiovascular Sciences at USF Health, gets some feedback from residents of The Villages following the meeting.

At the meeting, Dr. Klasko unveiled the website, which will connect residents to the many options that USF Health offers.

For more information, read the The Villages Daily Sun coverage of the meeting at:

Nicole Johnson, executive director of Bringing Science Home, chatted with residents about translating diabetes discoveries from the bench to the community.

Photos by Bill Mitchell, The Villages Daily Sun