December 6, 2022


NCH Healthcare System is First in SW Florida to Offer Aquablation Therapy

The NCH Healthcare System is proud to announce that it is the first in Southwest Florida to offer Aquablation therapy. Read more »
Published on 12/5/2022

$3.6 million nursing program grants put UF on track to double enrollment by 2025

With $3.6 million in grants from the state, the University of Florida is hiring 20 faculty members at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to increase enrollment in its nursing programs. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

University of Miami partners with Chile to establish first official nurse practitioner program

Nurse practitioner was a foreign role in Chile — until a plea for help from the Chilean government. A rising number of cancer cases in that country sparked a collaboration between the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

Keiser introduces two new nursing initiatives to include health challenges of women and Hispanics

Keiser University was already one of the largest producers of nurses in Florida when this year it launched two initiatives to work on some of the largest hurdles in health care: Providing specialty care to women and to address the specific challenges of Florida's growing Hispanic population. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2022

Hillsborough Community College's new bachelor in nursing program helps close nursing shortage gap

Three years ago, when Hillsborough Community College started the process of becoming accredited to award baccalaureate degrees, the college was motivated by a troublesome gap in Hillsborough County's workforce: A shortage of nurses. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2022

UCF's future plans for College of Nursing help address nursing shortage

The University of Central Florida is planning to build a new home for its College of Nursing adjacent to the UCF College of Medicine on the school's 50-acre health sciences campus in Lake Nona. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2022

Survey reveals only about half of nation's current nurses would choose nursing career again

Given a chance to go back in time to advise their former selves, only about half (52%) of the nation's currently employed nurses say they would choose the field again, according to a survey by Boca Raton-based health care staffing firm Cross Country Healthcare and Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2022

FSU's nursing dean Jing Wang addresses salaries, the shortage and more

Jing Wang became the dean of the College of Nursing at Florida State University last year. She is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and recently was named one of 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2022

UNF's Brooks College of Health boosts hands-on training with new simulation center

Nursing students at the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health have a new simulation center for hands-on training. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Nursing survey reveals 23% of nurses plan to look for new careers in near future

Given a chance to go back in time to advise their former selves, only about half (52%) of the nation's currently employed nurses say they would choose the field again, according to a survey by Boca Raton-based health care staffing firm Cross Country Healthcare and Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Accelerated nursing programs in Florida help get new nurses into practice faster

While nursing wasn't her first career, Proebe Ybanez always felt a pull toward the profession. As a teenager growing up in the Philippines, she recalls feeling helpless as she watched her great-aunt suffer a massive seizure. Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Over 1,000 breast cancer patients enrolled in Breast Cancer Research Program at Baptist MD Anderson

Cassie Jackson of Orange Park was intrigued to learn that she was a candidate for a research drug that could help her stage 2/3 breast cancer. Since her diagnosis last July at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville, she has undergone chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Baptist Health Care expands focus on diagnosis, treatment of breast cancer

Kelly Ward, a social worker and breast health navigator, highlights Baptist Health Care's expanding focus on diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. “We started out with a department of about four people, and now we have 19,” she says. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2022

Closing the job gains gap of Floridians with disabilities

Research from The Able Trust, the statewide organization working to create better pathways for people with disabilities to be successful in the state's workforce, shows labor force participation is growing, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. Read more »
Published on 10/20/2022

FIU's Linda Fenner 3D Mobile Mammography Center offers free screening for uninsured

The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin getting yearly mammograms at age 40. But when a 56-year-old woman walked into Florida International University's Linda Fenner 3D Mobile Mammography Center, she admitted that she had never gotten a mammogram. Then, when nurse clinician Lorraine Nowakowski asked her to sign some consent forms to begin the mammogram, the woman started to leave. Read more »
Published on 10/14/2022

Central Florida researchers working on new tactics to treat and diagnose breast cancer

Growing up in her native Kenya, Bindi Nagda, now a doctoral student in applied mathematics at Florida Tech, noticed that people in underdeveloped regions of the country lacked access to sophisticated medical imaging technology or couldn't afford accurate and reliable health care screenings — and those barriers were costing lives. In Kenya, up to 80% of cancer cases aren't diagnosed until the late stages, and nearly 79% of patients don't survive. Read more »
Published on 10/13/2022

Johnny Crowder's startup Cope Notes helps others struggling with mental health issues

Mental health advocate, metal musician and motivational speaker Johnny Crowder's peer-support startup finds a receptive audience around the world. Read more »
Published on 10/10/2022

A breast cancer survivor finds support on a dragon boating team

Jacqueline Mori was 43 in 2005 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more »
Published on 10/10/2022

Tampa General Hospital's new $53-million central energy plant ensures continual power - even in a hurricane

With Tampa General Hospital embarking on a $550-million construction plan that includes multiple components, from 12 new operating rooms to a 2,000-space parking garage, the hospital chose to address one crucial element early on: Making sure that — no matter the weather or the condition of Tampa's electrical grid — it would never lose power. Read more »
Published on 9/20/2022

Lifelong medical challenges inspire growth of Amelia Island Microgreens

Connor Hiebel, 17, of Fernandina Beach, combines his business acumen with a commitment to healthy eating through his business Amelia Island Microgreens, which started in 2020. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2022

Non-profit created by children of doctors helps seniors stay connected with their physicians

The shift to telemedicine has been heralded as one of the silver livings of the COVID-19 crisis, but it hasn't been a simple shift for everyone, says Arjun Verma, a 2022 graduate of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. His parents are both doctors, and “many of their patients, especially elderly patients, didn't have access to the devices they needed to connect to their virtual health care appointments” during the pandemic, he says. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2022

Dr. Maria Hatara explores the connection between the gut and children's mental health

Researchers are investigating the connection between gut health and mental health. Dr. Maria Hatara, a gastroenterologist with Tampa General Hospital's Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches, answered questions about the connection and children. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Two Northwest Florida hospitals add pediatric care to their facilities

Ascension Sacred Heart Bay at Panama City Beach has added a pediatric emergency services clinic. The facility is the Studer Family Children's Hospital's fourth pediatric emergency room department in Northwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF/FSU study helps teens stick with taking their heart medications after a heart transplant

Getting adolescent heart transplant patients to take the medications they need is a constant challenge — whether it's the added responsibility of multiple medications or just teenage resistance. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Nicklaus Children's Hospital doctors find new ways to treat patients with high-risk blood and bone marrow conditions

The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is one of two pediatric blood and marrow transplant centers in South Florida, performing more than 30 blood and marrow bone transplants per year for patients under age 21 with conditions including leukemia, lymphoma and other types of tumors. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

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In the parking lot of an abandoned grocery store, a food drive meets needs
In the parking lot of an abandoned grocery store, a food drive meets needs

Over the course of the morning, volunteers will hand out boxes full of produce and pantry items. More than 300 people will walk — or drive — away with cartons of eggs and gallons of milk, bread and pastries and cereal. They’ll leave with bags of bananas, and apples and meats that they’ll feed to their families.

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