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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

6/5/2017: 'Jax 5'; Patient Safety; Collage Graduates Finances


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with two members of the group known as the “Hemming Park Five”: Dave Schneider and Willie Hager (01:05). We heard about an upcoming forum at Jacksonville University about patient safety in hospitals with Brooks Rehabilitation program director Roberta Christopher, JU associate professor with the school of nursing Teri Chenot, organizer of the group “Patient Safety America” Dr. John James and Dr. Robert Wears (27:55), professor with the University of Florida Health Jacksonville Department of Emergency Medicine. Mike Skowfoe (39:16) with Fortress Wealth Management provided financial advice for recent college graduates.   

'Jax 5’

Last week, State Attorney Melissa Nelson announced her office was dropping charges against two of the protestors — Connell Crooms and  Dave Schneider — arrested in April’s anti-war rally in Hemming Park. The other three have been offered misdemeanor plea deals. The group, which prefers to be called the “Jax 5," were arrested when a rally against military action in Syria turned violent between protestors and police. Viral videos were widely shared showing the Hemming Park confrontation. Supporters of the “Jax 5” claimed the protesters were victims of police brutality, an assertion Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office disputes. Crooms, who is deaf, was briefly hospitalized after being injured while being detained by police. The other three activists — Christina Kittle, Thomas Beckham and Willie Hager — will perform 25 hours of community service as part of their plea deals.

Patient Safety

Jacksonville University is the site Friday for an important regional forum on patient safety. The forum will be held at the JU Davis College of Business. It’s the first statewide conference on patient safety to bring together hundreds of healthcare leaders, experts, nurses, physicians and students.

College Graduates Finances

Recent college graduates entering the workforce face new challenges, including planning for the future. What should millennials be thinking about today to prepare for managing their wealth, planning for eventual retirement and even sending their own kids to college? Skowfoe said it’s never too early to begin planning, even with your first job. He said the sooner you begin preparing your financial future, the better off you will be.


Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax