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RMCBP & CARES Tai Chi Program Features Impressive Credentials

May 24, 2011

Hudson, Florida –Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and CARES’ collaboration, “Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance,” features instructors with impressive credentials. On July 11, 2011, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and CARES Health & Wellness will collaborate to present Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. The free program consists of two 60 minute classes a week for 12 weeks. The classes will be conducted by CARES and held at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Conference Center at 1 pm Mondays and Fridays beginning July 11, 2011. For more information and to register call 727-869-5498 or 888-741-5119.

The program will be conducted by two instructors who hold impressive credentials. Pat K. Sovonick, PhD, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) is a certified master trainer for Matter of Balance. She is also a level II instructor for Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. Dr. Sovonick also holds the following credentials:

  • Certified trainer in balance and strength, fall prevention program
  • Florida State Mental Health Counselor License
  • Certified Care Manager with the National Academy of Certified Care Managers
  • Certificate in Advanced Aging from the University of South Florida
  • Certificate in Level I and Level II Alzheimer’s Disease Training
  • Certified Master Trainer in Chronic Disease Self-Management

Dr. Sovonick received her PhD at LaSalle University in Mandeville, Louisiana with a major in counseling psychology. She also holds an MS from Nova Southeastern and a BS from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Dr. Sovonick will share the instruction with Roberta Hausman, RN, BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). She is a volunteer RN at CARES Medical Clinic. She received her BSN from Skidmore College and Geriatric nurse practitioner training at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.

This Tai Chi program represents the result from years of scientific research and study. The program focuses on prevention of falls in the hope that through regular practice Tai Chi will improve one’s balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. To see an example of the forms in the program go to the following videos:



About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:

  • Certified Advanced Heart Failure - Joint Commission (1st in the State of Florida  - 1/2010)
  • Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center - Joint Commission
  • American Heart Association 2010 Get With the Guidelines Triple Performance Award Winner
  • American Heart Association's 2009 Stroke Silver Plus Performance Award Winner (1st in State of Florida)
  • Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2010
  • Wound Care and Accredited Hyperbaric Medicine
  • MRI, CT, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited - American College of Radiology
  • Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program - American College of Surgeons.
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center, with PCI - Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • Designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters

Named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery.


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