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Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, Pinecrest Physical Therapy announce partnership

Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, and Pinecrest Physical Therapy recently announced a partnership adding five outpatient physical therapy locations to the Institute’s rehabilitation program. Miami's Community Newspapers [1/16/18]

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Cota links with Miami Cancer Institute

Baptist Health South Florida’s new Miami Cancer Institute is celebrating its 1 year anniversary with a key partnership. The healthcare analytics firm Cota announced that it would join the new oncology center in a partnership aimed at using data to deliver personalized, value-minded cancer care. HCA News [1/9/18]

Baptist Homestead gets $200K for sickle cell center

Baptist’s South Dade campus will be opening a new clinic to serve sickle cell patients after the Homestead City Council decided that a $200,000 state grant would go to the neighborhood hospital, not to a Hollywood center patronized and promoted by a former councilman. Miami Herald [1/2/18]

At a turbulent time for UM’s health system, a new leader takes the reins

Five months after the University of Miami hired Dr. Edward Abraham as dean of the Miller School of Medicine, UM officials named him the full-time chief executive of the UM Health System. Miami Herald [12/26/17]

Report: Profits for Broward's two public hospital systems going opposite ways

Broward County’s two publicly owned hospital systems continued to move in opposite financial directions in 2016, with net income of troubled Broward Health dropping to $15.9 million, while Memorial Healthcare posted a $226 million profit — $85 million more than in 2014. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [12/19/17]

Integrated Health Center of Miami responds to growing threat of diabetes at Doral event

As part of its mission to change the face of healthcare, Integrated Health Center of Miami recently presented a World Diabetes Day Event in Doral, geared to create awareness of this devastating disease and in support of the World Diabetes Day 2017 Campaign, “Women & Diabetes: Our Right to a Healthy Future." Miami Community Newspapers [12/12/17]

Jackson Health posts a profit again — but are cuts coming to hospital funding?

Seven years after Miami-Dade’s public hospital network nearly went bankrupt, Jackson Health System reported a profit for the sixth year in a row on Wednesday — signaling a sustained financial turnaround for the $1.9-billion-a-year taxpayer-supported healthcare system. Miami Herald [12/5/17]

UM Hospital can't stop bleeding money as costs soar and admissions drop

A decade after the University of Miami purchased a 560-bed hospital across the street from its medical school campus in downtown Miami, UM is struggling to turn a profit at the facility as operating expenses skyrocket and patient admissions dwindle. Miami Herald [11/28/17]

Florida confirms Miami’s first mosquito-borne case of Zika in 2017

Florida health officials reported Miami-Dade’s first local case of Zika for 2017 on Friday, marking the state’s second case of mosquito-borne transmission of the virus this year. Miami Herald [11/21/17]

Boynton Beach doctor's license suspended over 4 patient deaths

A 73-year-old doctor in Boynton Beach had his license suspended for his alleged involvement in the deaths of four patients, the Florida Department of Health said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [11/14/17]

Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Health on Friday confirmed the state’s first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted. An unidentified person in Miami-Dade County, who had recently visited several countries, including Cuba, FOX News [11/7/17]

‘From one disaster to another’: Sick Puerto Rican baby left in medical limbo in Miami

Victoria Malave, a 10-month-old baby who relies on a ventilator, and feeding tube and suction and medications, was evacuated from the crisis in Puerto Rico but is now facing another crisis in South Florida as she isn't getting access to the medical care that she needs. Miami Herald [10/31/17]

Miami hospital to halt patient admissions as it seeks capital

The Miami Medical Center said it would temporarily suspend all patient services at the end of the day Oct. 30 as it seeks more capital or a sale. South Florida Business Journal [10/24/17]

HOPE 4 L.Y.F.E. A Success in South Miami

If you weren’t already aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, October 7, the HOPE 4 L.Y.F.E. 3K Walk Fundraiser took place at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center in South Miami. Miami's Community Newspapers [10/17/17]

Baptist Health South Florida and Bethesda Health finalize merger

Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, has become a part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region. After two and a half years of extensive due diligence, the merger of the two organizations became official effective Oct. 1. Miami's Community Newspapers [10/10/17]

Stranded in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, infants flown to Miami for heart surgery

Three infants from Puerto Rico with defective hearts are treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital after Hurricane Maria tore through the island. Miami Herald [10/3/17]

Jury orders Leon Medical Centers pay $13 million to man blinded after cataract surgery

When his eyesight became clouded by cataracts in 2013, 80-year-old Miguel Diaz of Miami Beach turned for help to the company he has trusted for years to provide his healthcare: Leon Medical Centers, one of South Florida’s most popular Medicare clinics. Miami Herald [9/26/17]

South Florida snag makes HCA an unlikely suitor for Tenet

As Tenet Healthcare considers a possible sale, HCA has emerged as a potential buyer. HCA, the nation's largest health system with 177 hospitals, is big enough to acquire assets from 77-hospital Tenet, including Tenet's 10 hospitals around Miami. Modern Healthcare [9/19/17]

Hialeah Hospital 'all set on fuel for generator' after politicians step in to help

Hialeah Hospital has plenty of fuel left for its generator after it received some help from South Florida politicians. "Just got report @HialeahHospital has less than 2 hours of diesel left to run generator," U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, tweeted Sunday night. WPLG [9/12/17]

University of Miami Health CEO Altschuler to resign

Dr. Steven Altschuler will resign as executive VP for health affairs and CEO of the University of Miami’s health care system UHealth on Sept. 15. South Florida Business Journal [9/5/17]

Friends and colleagues remember Miami healthcare champion Bill Enright

When William “Bill” Enright III died on June 8 of a rare cancer of connective tissues called liposarcoma, the 70-year-old left behind a legacy of healthcare development in Miami. Miami Community Newspapers [8/29/17]

Broward Health names new CFO, COO on heels of exec resignations

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health tapped Alan D. Goldsmith as CFO and Gino R. Santorio as COO. The embattled health system filled the positions within the same week that three executives resigned. Becker's Hospital Review [8/22/17]

Miami doctor honored with Notre Dame alumni award named for the man who inspired him

The Alumni Association of Notre Dame has honored a West Miami-Dade doctor with an award named for the medical legend who inspired him both personally and professionally. Miami Herald [8/81517]

Jupiter Medical Center launches telemedicine platform

Jupiter Medical Center, a not-for-profit institution with capacity to treat more than 500 patients at a time, is the latest organization to launch an online platform to treat patients remotely – think Skype, but for when someone needs help with a sudden cold or rash. South Florida Business Journal [8/8/17]

Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Gomez, the doctor who just would not quit, dies at 86

As the calendar announced the start of his 80s, Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Gomez ignored the rustling of its falling pages in favor of turning pages in medical books and journals. Miami Herald [8/1/17]

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West Florida | Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers

No time to go to doctor in SW Florida? Try a televisit online for $45 fee

Staying home, avoiding germs in a waiting room, and receiving medical attention for minor problems on your own terms is now possible in Southwest Florida. The NCH Healthcare System in Collier County began a “virtual visit” program last month. Naples Daily News [1/16/18]

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Health care exec scores national board post

Samira Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Business Observer [1/9/18]

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital recognized for information technology innovation

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital of St. Petersburg has received national recognition from Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and has been named one of the Most Wired hospitals in the U.S. by the publication. Florida Business Daily [1/2/18]

BayCare announces $308 million Hillsborough hospitals expansion

The Clearwater-based health care company announced Thursday that it will invest $308 million over the next three years to expand St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview. Tampa Bay Times [12/26/17]

City Council sinks deal to alter ownership of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

After months of tense negotiations and weeks of political impasse, the City Council on Thursday derailed a proposal that would have changed the ownership structure of the city’s largest hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay Times [12/19/17]

Driven by demand, Planned Parenthood opens second clinic in Tampa

Hillsborough is only the second county in the state with two such centers, thanks to growing demand for patient services in the Tampa Bay area, said Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, vice president of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood in Florida. Tampa Bay Times [12/12/17]

Could math help defeat cancer? Moffitt is betting it will

On any given day, the lobby at Moffitt Cancer Center is buzzing with patients and their families. Above them, on an upper floor, a group of staffers is working to find new ways to fight or even cure cancer, but they aren’t doctors or nurses, and their office looks nothing like the rest of the hospital. Tampa Bay Times [12/5/17]

Sarasota Memorial Hospital campus in Venice moves forward

The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board is moving ahead with pre-construction work and design plans for a $225 million hospital in Venice, even before it has final approval for the project. Tampa Bay Business Journal [11/28/17]

In Tampa Bay and elsewhere, early numbers show record sign-ups for Obamacare

Despite the budget cuts, the attempts to repeal and replace, and reports of sharp rises in premiums, Floridians and other Americans are signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at record rates this year Tampa Bay Times [11/21/17]

Hospital software provider faces billing fraud allegations in Tampa court case

Software provided to more than 300 hospitals nationwide by Epic Systems Corp. incorrectly bills Medicare and Medicaid, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Tampa. Tampa Bay Business Journal [11/14/17]

USF using video games to improve patient care

University of South Florida nursing professor Dr. John Clochesy has teamed up with engineers and researchers to design interactive video games to improve patient care. FOX 13 [11/7/17]

Former Cape Coral Hospital patient sues Lee Health system over alleged rape

A Lee County woman who accused a nurse of raping her last year while she was a patient at Cape Coral Hospital is suing the health center and the nurse over the attack. Fort Myers News-Press [10/31/17]

Coming soon at two Tampa Bay area hospitals: a cancer treatment that could replace chemo

A new cancer treatment that could eventually replace chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants — along with their debilitating side effects — soon will be offered at two of Tampa Bay's top-tier hospitals. Tampa Bay Times [10/24/17]

Pinellas emergency manager has issue with Rick Scott’s emergency generator rule

Sally Bishop, director of Pinellas County’s emergency management department, told state legislators Monday that there is an unintended consequence to Scott’s emergency declaration: health care facilities canceling their agreements with other counties that offer shelter to evacuating facilities. Florida Politics [10/17/17]

Florida Hospital buys 100 acres in Polk to connect Tampa and Orlando hospitals

Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital, purchased a large tract of land in Polk County this summer with plans to expand and connect its hospital systems in Tampa Bay and Orlando. Tampa Bay Times [10/10/17]

Tampa General Hospital reviews emergency plan after mass shooting

Local hospitals in the Bay Area continue learning from tragedies like the mass shootings in Las Vegas and the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Tampa General Hospital is a trauma 1 facility which means they treat the most serious of injuries. WFTS [10/3/17]

Optimal timing for a career shift

Patrick Marston created Optimal Outcomes LLC in 2000, following a career in banking in the Boston area. Since then, the company has expanded with partner Andrew Boggini and developed more than a dozen medical-related projects around the Gulf Coast. Business Observer [9/26/17]

Moffitt cancer center trying to partner with researchers in Cuba

People who are working in Tampa and Havana on the fight against cancer say they have a lot to learn from one another. And now, with relations between their two countries expanding, if still tentative, they're ready to formalize a partnership. Tampa Bay Times [9/19/17]

NCH Healthcare System juggles roles as hospital, evacuation shelter

The NCH Healthcare System juggled two roles Sunday, keeping hundreds of storm refugees safe and taking care of patients with power flickering off and on and generators kicking in. Naples Daily News [9/12/17]

Charitable arm looks to separate from Bayfront Health. Could a sale of the hospital be next?

The charitable organization that owns a 20 percent stake in Bayfront Health is pushing for city approval to separate from the downtown hospital. Tampa Bay Times [9/5/17]

Florida VA gets critical review for thoracic surgery

A complaint that the St. Petersburg Veterans Affairs hospital employs an incompetent thoracic surgeon was not substantiated after an investigation, but the hospital did not follow standards for physician evaluations, according to a recent report. Naples Daily News [8/29/17]

Valeant’s Tampa manufacturing plant on track for a better bill of health

The giant pharmaceutical company that owns a Tampa manufacturing plant that makes Bausch & Lomb products says it’s on track to fix the problems at the facility that kept it from winning approval for a new glaucoma drug. Tampa Bay Business Journal [8/22/17]

Health care IT firm chooses Tampa for new office

Think Anew picked Tampa over locations in Florida and in other states mainly because of its stream of potential workers coming from local colleges and universities, said Don Glidewell, the company's chief executive officer. Tampa Bay Times [8/81517]

Hearing on fate of Venice hospitals underway

An administrative law hearing — set to take three weeks and aimed at deciding whether the Florida Department of Health was correct in approving two new hospital campuses in Venice — began Monday in Tallahassee. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [8/8/17]

Health care facility integrates behavioral health

In the nearly three years that Samaritan Health & Wellness Clinic has been open, more than 4,000 patients have made more than 10,000 office visits. Meanwhile, community members have saved more than $1 million dollars in billable services. Cape Coral News-Press [8/1/17]

 

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Central Florida | Orlando, Treasure Coast, Gainesville, Brevard County

6-year-old Eustis boy dies of rabies contracted from bat

The main wildlife sources of rabies in Florida are raccoons and bats. Outside cats are by far the most common domestic animal found to have rabies in the state of Florida because they are often not kept up to date on vaccinations. Click Orlando [1/16/18]

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Jackson Healthcare acquires Orlando health-care staffing company

Alpharetta, Georgia-based Jackson Healthcare is adding another health-care staffing company to its family. On Jan. 5, Jackson announced it acquired Avant Healthcare Professionals, an Orlando, Fla.-based company with 650 employees in 38 states. Atlanta Business Chronicle [1/9/18]

Orlando doctor starts direct-pay clinic

Dr. Osman Farooq, a critical care specialist at Orlando Health, founded the MyDoc clinic with his own money, with a direct-pay model, in an effort to make routine care affordable for uninsured and underinsured consumers. Orlando Sentinel [1/2/18]

Health care expert: Why certificates of need are important in Central Florida

Health care facilities today must have approval from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration before they can build new facilities or expand. That's designed to restrain health care facility costs. However, the approval process can take a long time. Orlando Business Journal [12/26/17]

Merger creates large primary-care group

Primary Partners, an integrated group of independent physicians, and Central Florida Affordable Care, an Accountable Care Organization, have joined together forming a group of more than 90 primary-care physicians in Central Florida. Orlando Sentinel [12/19/17]

Midwifery Seeing Upticks In Alachua County

Although the Florida Department of Health’s 2016 Florida Vital Statistics Report does not show a significant increase in out-of-hospital deliveries in Alachua County, local experts in midwifery say the practice is becoming more popular among expecting mothers and those wanting to become midwives themselves. WUFT [12/12/17]

North Florida medical center hosts holiday light ceremony

Around North Florida Regional Medical Center’s pond, 95,000 lights were lit Friday and outlined with Christmas trees, gingerbread men and snowmen. About 10,000 people applauded and cheered at 6:15 p.m. when the lights turned on at the 28th Annual Pond Lighting Ceremony, which was hosted by the hospital. The Alligator [12/5/17]

FDA raids central Florida stores that supply patients with Canadian drugs

The Food and Drug Administration in October sent criminal investigation agents to nine locations across Central Florida that help customers order discount drugs from Canadian pharmacies and other foreign locations. Becker's Hospital Review [11/28/17]

Central Florida health providers worry about wave of Puerto Rico evacuees

Across Central Florida, health providers — from small practices and urgent care centers like Night Lite Pediatrics to Planned Parenthood, safety net clinics and hospitals — are pitching in to care for evacuees from Puerto Rico. Orlando Sentinel [11/21/17]

Opinion: Indian River County leaders face huge decision on future of health care

Is health care important to you? If so, you’re running out of time to get involved locally. You don’t have to go to Tallahassee or Washington to add your two cents. Friday afternoon, you should have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of health care in Indian River County. TCPalm [11/14/17]

Florida Hospital Flagler receives "A" for patient safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Florida Hospital Flagler is ranked as one of the safest hospitals in the United States, as FHF was one of the only hospitals in the area to earn A ratings from The Leapfrog Group in the latest release of Hospital Safety Grades, according to a release. Palm Coast Observer [11/7/17]

Orlando Health's new cancer center; new senior living community at ChampionsGate

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center — Dr. Phillips is going to be an 18,000-square-foot facility, at the space that used be occupied by Orlando Health Physician Associates, offering chemotherapy, radiation, medical oncology, laboratory services and support programs. Orlando Sentinel [10/31/17]

Wuesthoff hospitals to be renamed by recent buyer

The two Wuesthoff Health System hospitals will be getting new names, according to the company that recently purchased the medical facilities. Florida Today [10/24/17]

Marion County Hospital District trustees hope to attract new, innovative projects

The Marion County Hospital District is streamlining its grant application process and expanding its grant focus to include opioid treatment as well as trying to attract more innovative and effective programs to the community. District trustees are this year employing a two-step process to decide how to fund local healthcare initiatives. Ocala Star Banner [10/17/17]

UF research: Common antibiotics not associated with increased risk of Type 1 diabetes or celiac disease in children

Common antibiotics do not increase the risk of Type 1 diabetes or celiac disease among children who have a genetic susceptibility for developing those diseases, multinational researchers, including those from the University of Florida, have found. Florida Trend [10/10/17]

Central Florida doctors headed to Puerto Rico

Doctors from Central Florida have arrived in Puerto Rico to deliver aid. Jorge Lopez is an ER doctor is with a group of five bilingual doctors from Central Florida now in Puerto Rico. He plans to care for patients, and assess what the hospital needs as far as supplies. WMFE [10/3/17]

Nemours opens new pediatric primary care practice in Celebration

Families in Osceola County now have greater access to Nemours Children’s Health System through a new pediatric primary care practice in the area. Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Celebration opened its doors on September 25. Osceola News-Gazette [9/26/17]

Health pro: Fascination leads to medical career

Health First Dr. Sean Claeys is a hospital-based physician working primarily in Viera Hospital and Holmes Regional Medical Center. Florida Today [9/19/17]

Irma tests emergency response of Winter Park-based Holiday, other senior living providers

The nation’s second-largest independent living provider—which recently relocated its headquarters from Lake Oswego, Oregon, to Winter Park, Florida—has just under 80 senior housing communities that were projected to be in Irma’s path. Senior Housing News [9/12/17]

New Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral Provides Walk-In Clinic, Primary Care Services

Parrish Healthcare held a ribbon-cutting for its new healthcare facility at Port Canaveral that will provide a primary care and walk-in clinic. Space Coast Daily [9/5/17]

UF Health Shands experts work with Ocala NICU

UF Health Shands Hospital physicians are working in Munroe Regional Medical Center’s new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a tangible sign of Shands’ relationship with the 421-bed Ocala hospital. Gainesville Sun [8/29/17]

Polk may help develop physician-training program at Winter Haven Hospital

Winter Haven Hospital may receive funding to help develop a physician-residency program to bring much-needed primary care to uninsured and under-insured residents. Lakeland Ledger [8/22/17]

New LSSC Science-Health building gives students 'unprecedented' hands-on experience

Throngs of interested officials and students on Monday walked into the new Science-Health building at Lake-Sumter State College’s South Lake campus. Orlando Sentinel [8/81517]

Orlando hospitals improve rank in US News Best Hospitals report

U.S. News & World Report released its annual hospital-rankings report on Tuesday, bearing good news for Central Floridians who rely on local hospitals for routine care and surgeries. Orlando Sentinel [8/8/17]

New Orlando HIV clinic to improve access to treatment, fight stigma

A new healthcare center opening in Orlando aims to decrease the time between an HIV/AIDS diagnosis and a treatment start. Click Orlando [8/1/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

Agreement reached to bring Chinese children with tumors to Jacksonville for treatment

Executives with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Health System and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute signed agreements in Beijing, China to establish a pediatric neuro-oncology program where some of the more than 500,000 Chinese children diagnosed with brain tumors each year will travel to Jacksonville for treatment. Florida Times-Union [1/16/18]

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Andrews Institute sees early positive results from stem cell study on knee cartilage

Now more than seven months into research on stem cells and cartilage regeneration, medical professionals at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze have reported positive early results in a study that could ultimately overhaul how doctors treat common joint maladies. Pensacola News Journal [1/9/18]

Volunteer cuddlers at Florida hospital help spur infant development

A program at a north Florida hospital pairs volunteers with newborns to give them love. The babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Jacksonville and sometimes their parents can't be with them. KIRO [1/2/18]

Florida senator files bill to rename Tallahassee VA clinic

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has filed legislation to rename the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center on Orange Avenue in Tallahassee, in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. Ernest "Boots" Thomas. WTXL [12/26/17]

UF Health Jacksonville is among 89 hospitals involved in a national improvement collaborative for children with asthma

UF Health Jacksonville is among 89 hospitals involved in a national improvement collaborative for children seen in the emergency room or hospitalized with asthma. Asthma affects nearly 10 percent of American children and is a leading cause of pediatric emergency visits and hospitalizations. Florida Times-Union [12/19/17]

Errors, doctor turnover, wait times top concerns shared at Pensacola VA forum

Frequent turnover of doctors, repeated paperwork errors and long wait times were among the complaints Pensacola-area veterans shared with leaders of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System at a town hall meeting Wednesday night. Pensacola News-Journal [12/12/17]

Free medical clinic visits Pensacola

On December 2 and 3, volunteer doctors, dentists, and vision care providers helped thousands of people in Pensacola - free of charge. The "RAM" or Remote Area Medical clinic, is designed for people who don't have access to health care. WEAR [12/5/17]

Plans filed for Wildlight UF Health facilities

Wildlight LLC filed plans with the St. Johns River Water Management District for the proposed University of Florida health and fitness facilities at Wildlight, the master-planned community in Nassau County. Jax Daily Record [11/28/17]

How Jacksonville health care industry is going through changes

Technology and business model changes have impacted how the health care industry on the First Coast approaches everything from real estate decisions to branding. Jacksonville Business Journal [11/21/17]

Tallahassee facilities dispute being on state's noncompliance list

Several Tallahassee assisted living facilities have been flagged by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for failing to meet the Oct. 31 compliance deadline for the emergency rule, which includes on-site generators. Tallahassee Democrat [11/14/17]

TMH, Apalachee Center host stress and anxiety workshop

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Apalachee Center hosted a stress and anxiety workshop at Goodwood Museum. At the workshop, experts talked about the stresses of work, family and current events and how they can impact mental health. WCTV [11/7/17]

Health department promotes breast cancer detection

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Leon County encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Tallahassee Democrat [10/31/17]

Video of dancing Jacksonville pediatrician goes viral

A video featuring a Jacksonville pediatrician trying to cheer up some scared siblings during a hospital visit has gone viral. The video, showing Dr. Chima Matthew, has received 10,000,000 views. WTLV [10/24/17]

The Taxol/FSU Connection

If you ask most people what Florida State University is known for, their answer is probably football. However asking that same question to those in the medical community gets you a very different answer. WCTV [10/17/17]

Tallahassee doctors reflect from the front lines of treating breast cancer

Aside from certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 236,968 women and 2,141 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S., the CDC reports. Tallahassee Democrat [10/10/17]

Vizient ranks UF Health Jacksonville 44th among country’s academic medical centers

UF Health Jacksonville’s ranking among academic medical centers in the United States has jumped significantly in 2017, with the hospital rising 33 spots in the latest rankings by Vizient, the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. Florida Times-Union [10/3/17]

UF Health Jacksonville names new Chief Executive Officer

Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., MHSA, C.P.E., FACEP, has been named chief executive officer of UF Health Jacksonville following a vote of the organization’s board of directors today (Monday, Sept. 25). Florida Trend [9/26/17]

Dance Marathon to present $915K check to FSU medical school

Dance Marathon at Florida State University and Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital will present a check for more than $915,000 to the FSU College of Medicine to aid children throughout Gadsden and Leon counties. Tallahassee Democrat [9/19/17]

Pensacola students helping to take a bite out of medical debt

Just one catastrophic illness can leave a family in financial ruins. A couple of bold and savvy teenagers are drawing attention for their efforts to wipe away some of that burden. WEAR [9/12/17]

Tallahassee medical professionals heading to Texas to aid Harvey recovery

With tens of thousands in Texas in shelters and the extent of damage from Hurricane Harvey yet to be assessed, local medical professionals are adding their expertise to the efforts of legions of volunteers who are converging on the disaster area. Tallahassee Democrat [9/5/17]

Florida A&M University School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million to Help Rural Communities

Florida A&M University (FAMU) will be placing new focus on preparing nursing students to serve in rural and underserved communities thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Daily Nurse [8/29/17]

West Florida Healthcare, Nemours announce partnership

The collaboration between the two health care providers will add a new pediatric wing at West Florida Hospital. Pensacola News Journal [8/22/17]

Pensacola hospitals face cuts to Medicare payments due to Obamacare program

Starting as early as October, each of Pensacola's three health care systems will face small cuts in funding from the federal government in the form of docked Medicare payments, a result of exceeding too many hospital readmissions through an Affordable Care Act program. Pensacola News-Journal [8/81517]

Jacksonville Considers Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Makers

The city of Jacksonville is considering suing prescription drug makers for deceptive marketing. One city councilman believes pharmaceutical companies are complicit in Northeast Florida’s opioid addiction epidemic. WJCT [8/8/17]

New West Florida Hospital affiliation aims to attract 'top talent' to Pensacola

A new partnership at West Florida Hospital could play a significant role in the facility's ability to recruit and retain medical talent in the future. Pensacola News-Journal [8/1/17]

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