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Jul 29, 2015, 18:21 ET
Donations made during St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's Christmas in July drive will help provide toys, activities like art and music therapy and other distraction experiences for patients like Ella, who has spent months of her young life in the hospital.

Christmas in July Donation Drive to Benefit St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

 St. Joseph's Children's Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay's children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance, are recovering from...

Jul 13, 2015, 17:48 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and the Tampa Bay Storm recognize 18th Annual Kids Are Heroes nominees for their good deeds and heroic actions and present trophies to Top SuperHeroes during the Tampa Bay Storm's Community Cares Night at the Amalie Arena July 11, 2015.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Honors Tampa Bay's Youngest Heroes

 More than 140 boys and girls from Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties were nominated by their parents, teachers...

Jun 16, 2015, 20:12 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patient Marina Khimko (age 12) and her family meet with U.S. Representative Dennis Ross on Capitol Hill June 16, 2015, to discuss health care legislation for medically complex children.

Tampa Bay Family Spends Time on Capitol Hill to Support Legislation for Medically Complex Children

 Twelve-year-old Marina Khimko joined dozens of other pediatric patients from across the United States on Capitol Hill today to speak out on...

May 19, 2015, 13:07 ET
Seventeen-year-old Lizandra Ramirez and fellow oncology patient, Jose Frias, age 17, traded their hospital gowns for formal attire and danced the night away during a special prom night St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa held for its pediatric patients May 1, 2015.

Hospitalized Kids Get a Prom of their Very Own

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa hosted prom night for patients who were unable to attend their own prom due to hospitalization or who,...

Mar 26, 2015, 14:27 ET
Dr. Erin Cockrell, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, prepares to have her finger pricked by 6-year-old Ian Herrygers during the hospital's annual "Doctors for a Day" activity March 25, 2015.

Hospitalized Kids Reverse Roles with Caregivers and Become "Doctors for a Day"

On March 25, 2015, doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital handed over their white coats and stethoscopes to a group of very...

Dec 09, 2014, 12:48 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital encourages parents and other holiday gift-givers to include a helmet when giving bikes, scooters, skateboards and other wheeled activities as presents this year. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury as much as 88 percent.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Offers Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, which makes it prime time for toy buying. In fact, more than half of the three billion toys and games sold in the...

Oct 30, 2014, 17:14 ET
Thirteen-year-old Cyrus Yarley, who was born with multiple heart defects, was the 50th patient at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to receive the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve. St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa is among a small number of facilities in the country to offer the less-invasive, breakthrough procedure that can improve life for children with several types of congenital heart defects.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Implants 50th Pulmonary Valve Without Open-Heart Surgery

 Thirteen-year-old Cyrus Yarley was born with multiple heart defects and underwent open-heart surgery at just 1 week old then again at age 8....

Oct 02, 2014, 11:45 ET
Dr. Peter Wearden, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, examines 3-year-old congenital heart patient Natali Perez at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Partners with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for Pediatric Heart Care

 St. Joseph's Children's Hospital announces a partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for pediatric heart services....

Aug 01, 2014, 17:00 ET

St. Joseph's Hospital's Child Advocacy Team Bakes Cookies in a Car on National Heatstroke Prevention Day

So far this year, 18 children, including one in the Tampa Bay area, have died from heatstroke after being left inside of a hot car. On National...

Jun 24, 2014, 16:00 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital President Kimberly Guy poses with "superheroes" during the 17th annual Kids are Heroes celebration at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Parents, teachers, guidance counselors and neighbors nominate children for doing heroic acts ranging from saving someone's life to raising money for pediatric cancer awareness to caring for an injured animal. Since 1996, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, FL, has recognized more than 1,600 children who have performed heroic deeds or displayed acts of selflessness and good citizenship. (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Announce Kids are Heroes Winners

 St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm recognized more than 100 children during the 17th annual...

Apr 28, 2014, 15:16 ET
Pediatric patients at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa enjoy a masquerade-themed prom held in their honor Friday, April 25, 2014.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Gives Patients a Prom of their Very Own

 St. Joseph's Children's Hospital hosted prom night for pediatric patients who were unable to attend their own dance due to hospitalization or...

Dec 16, 2013, 18:07 ET
The lobby of the new Steinbrenner Children's Emergency/Trauma Center at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital features an abundance of kid-friendly decorations and built-in interactive activities to provide entertainment, distraction and comfort to children and families.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa Opens New and Expanded Emergency/Trauma Center

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa opened its new and expanded Steinbrenner Children's Emergency/Trauma Center Dec. 16, 2013. The hospital...

Nov 22, 2013, 16:21 ET
Celebrate the season by sending holiday greetings designed by St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients. All proceeds benefit Child Life programs at the hospital, which includes pet therapy, bedside activities, music and art therapy, grief support for families and more.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

Purchase Holiday Cards Designed by Pediatric Patients and Support St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Throughout the Year

 Celebrate the season - and help St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients and families - by sending holiday greeting cards designed by the...

Jun 27, 2013, 17:19 ET
Pediatric heart patient Jaden Vidal-Velasquez and his parents, Jhonny Vidal and Belkis Velasquez, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Communications Coordinator Amy Gall, and BayCare Health System Director of Government Relations Keri Eisenbeis meet with Senator Bill Nelson on Capitol Hill June 20, 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

Pediatric Patient Born with Half a Heart Travels to Nation's Capitol to Advocate for Better Health Care for Children

Last week, the Vidal-Velasquez family from Tampa joined dozens of other families from across the United States on Capitol Hill to share their...

May 06, 2013, 16:10 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients enjoy a magical evening of music, dancing, refreshments and memories that are sure to last a lifetime during a special Prom night held in their honor Friday, May 3, 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Gives Patients a Prom of their Very Own

Prom season is underway throughout the United States, and inside the walls of St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. More than 50 pediatric patients...

Feb 21, 2013, 17:43 ET
Dressed as Spider-Man, window washer Rob Powers fights grime while bringing smiles to young patients at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

Spider-Man Window Washer Surprises Patients at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa

  St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients woke to a superhero surprise outside their hospital room window Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013....

Dec 28, 2012, 12:49 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is the only hospital in the Tampa Bay area offering robot-assisted urologic procedures for children, and all are performed by Dr. Ethan Polsky using the da Vinci Surgical System.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital First and Only to Offer Robot-Assisted Pediatric Urologic Surgery in Tampa Bay Area

After 12-year-old Steven Kraguliac began experiencing bouts of pain in his right side, an ultrasound revealed that fluid was backing up into his...

Dec 13, 2012, 15:53 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Tampa Bay's choice for kids, reminds families to keep toy safety at the top of their holiday shopping list.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Offers Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, which makes it prime time for toy buying. In fact, more than half of the three billion toys and games sold in the...

Nov 14, 2012, 19:30 ET
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is accepting nominations for its 16th Annual "Kids Are Heroes" contest. Deadline to nominate the special child in your life is Dec. 31, 2012.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is Looking for Young Heroes Know One?

 St. Joseph's Children's Hospital kicked off its 16th Annual "Kids Are Heroes" contest with a Passport to Safety event for nearly 70...

Jul 24, 2012, 17:40 ET
Donations made during St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's "Christmas in July" drive will help provide a momentary escape from illness for patients like 5-year-old Haley Boyd, who has been battling cancer for half of her life.  (PRNewsFoto/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital)

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to Collect Donations During "Christmas in July" Event

Help bring comfort and joy to hospitalized kids year round by participating in the special toy and donation drive St. Joseph's Children's...