Major Health Bills Headed To Gov. DeSantis

Apr 30, 2019
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After more than two decades of debate about the issue, the Florida Legislature on Monday approved eliminating the “certificate of need” regulatory program for hospitals and passed a high-profile measure aimed at importing prescription drugs from Canada.

Hepatitis A Cases Top 950 In Florida This Year

Apr 30, 2019
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A hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow, with 70 cases reported last week in Florida, according to the state Department of Health website. 

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When it comes to snoring, no other U.S. city tops Jacksonville.

UF Health

UF Health Jacksonville hospital recently underwent a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) study from the Urban Land Institute.

DeSantis Pick For Surgeon General Faced Harassment Allegations

Apr 3, 2019
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A doctor tapped by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become the state’s surgeon general has been embroiled in legal squabbles and investigations while working at the University of Florida.


Over the last couple of decades, the opioid epidemic has hit the U.S. hard in a series of waves.

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If you’re a fan of avocados, you may need to hold off on that homemade guacamole for a bit.

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A study that looked at a variety of factors to determine how healthy people are in counties across the country ranked St. Johns County No. 1.

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A movie that opened nationwide in theatres Friday depicts what it’s like to live with cystic fibrosis.

Baptist Health

Baptist Health is building a new $23 million emergency center at the Oakleaf Town Center.

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

Editor’s Note: Shortly after this story’s publication we discovered during a search of the WJCT News archive that the virtual pharmacy featured in this story is not new. We first reported on it on Dec. 2, 2016.  Memorial Hospital contacted WJCT Tuesday, writing in its news release, “Memorial Hospital Jacksonville is proud to announce a first of its kind virtual pharmacy MedAvail kiosk in Northeast Florida.”

We reached out to a spokeswoman at Memorial Hospital, who said the information contained in the WJCT story and the Memorial Hospital news release is accurate.  However, WJCT News feels the earlier version of the story was misleading because the kiosk is not new. We have adjusted the headline in this story and some text to better reflect that fact.

Nurse Practitioner Debate Re-Emerges In Fla. House

Feb 13, 2019
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Twenty-two states, Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to work independently of physicians.

Baptist Health

Another big expansion is about to begin at Baptist Health’s Southbank campus.

One Blood

A worldwide search is on for donors of an extremely rare blood type needed to help a South Florida toddler undergoing cancer treatment.

Proposal Targets Emergency Transportation For Patients

Dec 14, 2018

Insured patients in Florida shouldn’t have to pay large bills if they require emergency medical transportation services. They also should have access to copies of their medical records free of charge, a state advisory board agreed Thursday.

Tris Pharma

Some infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar stores in Florida and across the nation are being voluntarily recalled.

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A second E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce has public health officials warning against eating the leafy green vegetable.

Construction Permit For St. Vincent's Heart Pavilion In Riverside Issued

Nov 16, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

St. Vincent’s HealthCare landed a permit Thursday to build a four-story riverfront heart and vascular pavilion at its Riverside campus at 1 Shircliff Way.

Heather Hausenblas (left) and Timothy Burrows (right) from the Mayor's Council on Fitness and Wellbeing speaking at Humana's third annual Clinical Town Hall.
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The Mayor’s Council on Fitness and Wellbeing is partnering with organizations that promote exercise to try and improve the mental and physical health of Jacksonville residents.

Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is testing a portable heart-monitoring device that cardiologists say could improve the lives of heart-failure patients.

When you step inside the Creative Behavior Solutions clinic in Largo, the first thing you notice isn't what you can see, it's what you can hear – the sound of children laughing, clapping and singing.

Insurers Shun Providing Data To State Health-Care Website

Oct 2, 2018

The pushback against Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to create a health-care transparency website appears to be more widespread than state officials previously acknowledged.

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The head of Baptist Health of Northeast Florida is retiring after nearly 20 years at its helm.

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Little kids could now be in rear-facing car seats well past their second birthday if parents follow the latest safety recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center will soon be taking in patients but first the outpatient facility will be hosting an open house in San Marco.


You might not think Jacksonville’s medical community could get excited about a smartwatch but you’d be wrong.

Medicaid Mental Health Deal With State May Result In More Options For Some First Coast Residents

Sep 5, 2018
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Patients with serious mental illness may have an increased choice of health-care providers under an agreement between the state and one of the largest Medicaid mental-health plans.

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A feral cat has tested positive to rabies in the Doctors Lake area of Orange Park, prompting the Florida Department of Health in Clay County to issue a rabies advisory.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is continuing its expansion in Jacksonville.

Florida Smokers Puff More Than Counterparts

Aug 22, 2018
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Slightly more than 13 percent of Florida adults smoked in 2017, but they go through more tobacco than average smokers nationally, a draft report given Tuesday to Florida health officials shows.