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UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

A UK couple came to Jacksonville in April as David Leek and Bobbie Godden, and will be leaving Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Leek Sr.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri on the issues that affected Jacksonville and City Hall this year (00:52).

Terri Andrews, administrator for Baptist Behavioral Health, and registered nurse Carol Whitefield talked about a initiative to train over 10,000 residents in three years in mental health first aid (35:23).    

Local attorney John Phillips talked about how to avoid identity theft during the holidays (46:00). 

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Monday on First Coast Connect we heard about this week’s events to commemorate World Aids Day with Justin Bell and Dr. Max Wilson with the North Florida Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation (01:11).

This month’s First Coast Success featured Eco Relics founders Michael and Annie Murphy (23:17).        

We spoke with Dr. Rana Alissa, Director of the Newborn Nursery at UF Health on getting more young mothers to breastfeed (30:14).

Certified Weight Loss and Life Coach Valerie Benton talked about ways to prevent stress eating during the holidays (39:51).

Cole Pepper joined us to talk about the Jaguars loss to Arizona and the weekend’s college football results (46:00).   

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In celebration of his birthday Wednesday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced an initiative to give a book to all babies born in Duval County.

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Four Jacksonville projects aimed at making residents healthier are getting a collective $444,000 boost from the Humana Foundation.

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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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Updated Feb. 20, 12:34 p.m.

University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute treated nearly 200 kids with cancer last year. Now doctors there are hoping a new app will help young patients prepare before they arrive for treatment.


The Proton U App was developed by UF Health child life specialist Kim Todd. It’s an interactive storybook that introduces kids to the hospital environment to make treatment less intimidating.


Orange Park Medical Center

As Gov. Rick Scott seeks to eliminate a cap on the number of trauma centers in the state, an administrative law judge has ruled that the Florida Department of Health improperly allowed a Clay County hospital to open a trauma center last year.

Orange Park Medical Center

Florida health care regulators are considering doing away with a rule limiting the number of trauma centers that can set up shop in each region.

Orange Park Medical Center Regains Trauma Center Status

May 12, 2016
Orange Park Medical Center

The Orange Park Medical Center has reopened its trauma center after a three-year legal battle with the state and the University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

Construction To Begin On UF Health North Campus Hospital

Nov 16, 2015

UF Health Jacksonville broke ground Monday on a new 92-bed hospital at the medical provider's north campus, on Max Leggett Parkway.  

This is the second phase of construction for the campus, which will provide more jobs in northeast Florida and will bring the first hospital facility to Jacksonville Northside.

UF Health said it has seen high demand for care since opening it's north campus emergency room and an outpatient facility last year. Hospital officials said this inpatient facility can't come quickly enough.

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State health officials, doctors and technology experts converged on the University of North Florida campus Thursday to promote Florida’s Health Information Exchange.

The exchange allows doctors and hospitals to easily share patient records with each other.

The state network is lacking buy-in from some local communities.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include outgoing Mayor Alvin Brown's legacy, Mayor-elect Lenny Curry's transition, the issues facing the new City Council and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.

The Florida Legislature is back in Tallahassee this week after ending their regular session three days early. Things fell apart after the House and Senate could not agree on how to get health insurance to the state’s low income residents. The standoff has real consequences for health care in our area, in particular at UF Health Jacksonville. UF Health CEO Russ Armistead joins us with his thoughts about the way forward for health care funding in Florida.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Cliff Davis, Florida Times-Union reporter; and A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include the issues facing Mayor-elect Lenny Curry when he takes office in July, the Duval County Legislative Delegation's letter to Gov. Rick Scott encouraging financial support for safety net hospitals like UF Health Jacksonville, and more.

We also roundup the strange, bizarre and just plain ridiculous news from across the Sunshine State in our Only in Florida segment.