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Most Florida nursing homes aren't ready for hurricanes

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The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, site of last year's tragedy where 12 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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Most Florida nursing homes aren't ready for hurricanes

| 6/5/2018

Most Florida nursing homes aren’t ready for hurricanes

Only 48 nursing homes and 91 assisted-living facilities have reported they have installed equipment and had state site inspections as of May 25, according to the Agency of Health Care Administration, which is in charge of tracking and enforcing the new rule. More from the Tampa Bay Times, WJHG, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Health News Florida.

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FSU medical students experience rural health care

First year students in Florida State's College of Medicine spent the day experiencing rural health care across north Florida and south Georgia. The Rural Learning Experience, as it's called, has been a part of the College of Medicine's curriculum for nearly ten years, and shows new students how rural medicine and care differs from the larger hospitals they may be used to. [Source: WTXL]

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Judge's ruling on smoking medical marijuana could force state to act

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers said Monday she will decide quickly on whether to lift an automatic stay on her ruling declaring that the state's ban on smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional If she lifts the ban, it will force Gov. Rick Scott and state regulators to move forward on rules they have spent the last two years trying to delay. [Source: ]

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