The Florida Channel

As the state broke its COVID-19 hospitalization record for the third day in the row with 12,408, Gov. Ron DeSantis made clear he’s not a fan of the idea of hospitals’ requiring staff to get vaccinated. 

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Mayo Clinic/Bill Bortzfield

Mayo Clinic in Florida, located in Jacksonville, said it’s the first medical center in the state to perform a minimally invasive procedure meant improve the quality of life for patients with severe emphysema.

Orange Park Medical Center Adding Patient Tower, Hiring More Than 100

Mar 6, 2019
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Jacksonville Daily Record

Orange Park Medical Center is adding a patient tower that will house 48 beds, the hospital announced this week.

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Jacksonville Daily Record

Baptist Health Properties Inc. plans a new stand-alone ER and a new primary care center.

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Jax Daily Record

Mayo Clinic submitted a permit application for a $50 million Mayo South Building Addition, a project announced a year ago as part of growth at the Jacksonville campus.

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News 4 Jax

Hundreds of employees of Jacksonville’s Baptist Medical Center South underwent preventative treatment for tiny skin mites last month after two on the hospital staff contracted them from a patient.

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The Florida Legislature’s health budget chiefs are proposing deep cuts to the state’s largest spending priority: health care, including large decreases to hospital funding.

Jacksonville’s University of Florida Health could be one of the hardest hit because it treats a large number of low-income patients.

But the Senate’s budget leader is confident the cuts will be offset with the renewal of a federal program covering the costs of indigent health care.

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The Sunshine State’s health care system is one of the worst in the country, according to a new survey from the personal-finance website Wallet Hub.

One Northeast Florida public health expert said that has more to do with state policy than it does with the quality of doctors.

  Transparency is the new buzzword in health care with consumer demand fueling changes to state laws and giving birth to websites that publish prices for medical procedures.

WUSF partnered with WLRN in Miami to launch their own database called PriceCheck. But we're not the only game in town.

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John Burr

Nearly every hospital chain in Northeast Florida has expanded or built new facilities in the past 10 years.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what factors are behind the healthcare boom. 

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Close to 100 million people visited Florida last year, and state officials are hoping to keep that number growing.

A way to do that, according to one Northeast Florida lawmaker, is to entice patients from around the country to seek treatment in the state.

Proponents of so-called “medical tourism” may now have the data they need to convince skeptics.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to pass a $79.3 billion state budget next year.

At a news conference in Jacksonville Monday morning, Scott went over some of the highlights of his Florida First Budget.

One of those highlights is a substantial revision to how the state doles out money for indigent health care.