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Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is in urgent need of blood, especially universal Type O for emergencies.

After facing nearly a dozen challenges from hospitals across the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has withdrawn a series of proposed rules related to regulating highly specialized health-care services.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration announced this week it planned to employ a rarely used option called “negotiated rulemaking” to try to reach a compromise on one of the withdrawn proposals, a regulation that would set licensure standards for neonatal intensive-care units.

Many children were experiencing mental health problems even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the drastic spike in issues that came with the pandemic, children’s hospitals are requesting more assistance for their patients’ needs.

“Even pre-pandemic, we've always understood that about one in five children and adolescents experience some sort of mental health condition in a given year,” said Amy Knight, president of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA).

Only 24% of 12- to 19-year-olds living in Florida have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest state data. Some county health departments are partnering with school districts to get students shots before they return to their classrooms in August.

Sitting on bleachers inside the gymnasiums of Robinson and Sickles high schools in Hillsborough County, teenagers shared why they got vaccinated against COVID-19:

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A new study at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville is trying to make a connection between a happy gut and a healthy heart.

Researchers with the University of South Florida are studying how effective health care advertisements are at convincing people to receive in-person services. They're inviting people who have been hesitant to seek routine or emergency care because of the COVID-19 pandemic to participate.

The online survey involves a partnership between USF's College of Public Health and Zimmerman School of Advertising & Communications. It involves showing participants a series of ads and asking them to share how they feel after seeing them.

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The next phase phase of construction at the Orange Park Medical Center will include two new inpatient units that will add 48 private patient rooms and a new 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU).

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved overnight orthokeratology contact lenses that manage myopia, also known as nearsightedness.

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A rabies alert has been issued for the Yulee area in central Nassau County after a fox tested positive for the fatal disease.

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Memorial Healthcare Group Inc. is renovating the closed Soul Food Bistro at southwest Kernan and Atlantic boulevards into a women’s health center.

CVS Health is expanding its Project Health no-cost health screening service to 14 new metropolitan areas including Jacksonville, the company announced Friday.

Southeastern Grocers

The Jacksonville-based parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys, along with its customers and employees, are donating more than $461,900 to eight children’s hospitals across the Southeast.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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