Health

U.S. Rep. Cathy Castor, D-Tampa, and healthcare advocates held a media conference Monday to highlight a long-shot effort in the Florida House to expand Medicaid through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

More than 350-thousand people experience sudden cardiac arrest each year. Immediate CPR from a bystander can be the difference between life and death. Florida is one of only about a dozen states that doesn’t require its students to learn CPR before graduating.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit for construction of a Walmart Health clinic at the retailer’s Southwest Jacksonville Supercenter in Collins Plaza.

Florida is in the midst of what some call a “maternal mortality crisis” Officials say mothers are dying preventable deaths, often months after childbirth. Florida lawmakers are hoping to fight that by extending the time mothers can receive health coverage through Medicaid from the current 2-months, to a year.

Andrea Friall is the Chief Medical Officer and an OBGYN at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. She says in Florida 50% of all pregnancy-related deaths occur after mothers are discharged from giving birth.

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The city issued three permits March 9 for construction of an additional 60-bed hospital for Brooks Rehabilitation at its 115-acre Bartram Park campus in South Jacksonville.

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Where you live can influence your health.

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Appointment slots for COVID vaccines this week in Nassau County are full, according to the county’s website.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County is now vaccinating people 65 and older after receiving its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. However, new appointments are not currently being accepted, the county said, and people should "check back this weekend" for further information.

TALLAHASSEE --- A new forecast for Medicaid shows state economists and health officials continue to predict a jump in the number of people enrolling in the coming year --- bringing a dramatic surge in the amount of money needed for the safety-net program.

The Baker Act was not designed for kids, yet the number of children who are involuntarily committed keeps going up. State data shows kids with certain disabilities are becoming increasingly ensnared — despite language in the law meant to keep them out of the mental health system. The second part of this series about children who are committed examines why minors with emotional and developmental disabilities are more likely to be sent for involuntary psychiatric exams.

A patient looks at images with her doctor in this file photo.
Gregory Bull / Associated Press

Tuesday, Dec. 15, is the deadline to apply for health insurance through the federal exchange. Despite being eligible, approximately 93,000 people in Duval County still haven’t taken advantage of coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Jacksonville University Planning Palm Coast Campus

Dec 14, 2020
City Centre building in Palm Coast
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville University is working with the city of Palm Coast to establish a health care education campus in a Community Redevelopment Area and Innovation District within Palm Coast Town Center.

Grand Jury Says Florida's Mental Health System A 'Mess'

Dec 11, 2020
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

A statewide grand jury studying school safety issued an interim report Thursday that tore into Florida’s mental-health system, saying that “deficiencies in funding, leadership and services related to mental health care tend to turn up everywhere like bad pennies.”

Pictured left to right: Daily's President & CEO Aubrey Edge, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Nemours President & CEO Larry Moss, Mayor Lenny Curry.
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The Daily’s Foundation has a made a $5 million contribution to Nemours Children’s Health System in Jacksonville.

More Floridians are dying from drug overdoses amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the Orlando-based advocacy group Project Opioid.

The report looks at preliminary data from the Florida Department of Health and found overdose deaths between March and August of this year went up by at least 43 percent compared to the same time last year. Deaths in the month of May nearly doubled.

UF Health Jacksonville hospital
UF Health Jacksonville

Florida’s top public health official said Tuesday that five Florida hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville, could receive COVID-19 vaccinations as early as next week.

Rendering of the Ascension St. Vincent's St. Johns County hospital that is being built at 1020 Ce Wilson Road in St. Johns.
Ascension St. Vincent's

A new hospital for St. Johns County has moved off the drawing board and into the construction phase.

To combat widespread reductions in healthcare use amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Hospital Association launched a public awareness campaign.

The “Your Health Matters” campaign encourages Floridians not to delay elective surgeries, check-ups, ER visits and health screenings due to fears concerning the coronavirus.

“The term ‘elective,’ I think, can be a little misleading,” said FHA President and CEO Mary Mayhew.

Florida Readies For Vaccinations At Long-Term Care Facilities

Dec 3, 2020
An experimental Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pictured in July.
Hans Pennink / Associated Press

Florida on Thursday ramped up plans to vaccinate seniors for COVID-19 by publishing two emergency rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to allow representatives from the state health department, CVS and Walgreens into the facilities." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans Wednesday to roll out a coronavirus vaccine in as soon as two weeks.

In a 3-minute video message, DeSantis said he anticipates FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine next week, and the Moderna vaccine the following week.

Once the vaccine is available, the governor said residents in long-term care facilities will get first priority.

LifeSouth

Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, is recognized across the world as a way to give back. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is hoping people will consider a donation beyond money this week.

Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is the first in our area to offer a robot-assisted procedure for patients with lung nodules. The high-tech bronchoscopy is a step forward in lung cancer treatment.

Florida on Monday sent the federal government its plans for a program to import prescription medicines from Canada, aimed at lowering drug prices. The program was approved by the state legislature last year.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration has submitted its plan to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Florida’s Canadian Drug Importation Program.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

As COVID-19 cases spike in Florida and across the nation, Dr. Sunil Joshi, the head of the Duval County Medical Society Foundation, said Monday he's very concerned about people's joining together on Thanksgiving.

A Florida Blue Drive-Up Flu Shot Clinic is pictured.
Florida Blue

Florida Blue is teaming up with Walgreens to provide no cost flu shots, Nov. 18, this Wednesday in Jacksonville.

Taimy Alvare / Associated Press

Although no vaccine is yet approved for distribution, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a long list of distribution partners nationwide who are committing to administer one.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Florida has made improvements in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, according to an AARP report released Thursday. 

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A federal appeals court next week will wade into a battle about whether Jacksonville-based Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, violated antitrust laws by preventing agents from selling policies for a rival insurance company.

Photo of mosquito being examined.
Rick Bowmer / 2019 Associated Press file photo

Duval County residents should take extra care to avoid mosquito bites, as the West Nile virus has been detected in the County, local health officials say.

LifeSouth

LifeSouth says it's worried if donations don’t increase, patient care at local hospitals may be threatened.

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