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UF Health North will close its birth center on Wednesday, July 31.

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

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A $10 million funding request by UF Health Jacksonville to help renovate its trauma center and emergency room is getting support from state lawmakers.

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Two health clinics on Jacksonville’s Northside will be transformed into what are called Health-Smart Holistic Health and Wellness Centers for senior citizens thanks to an $820,000 grant from the Humana Foundation.

Haley, Nelson, and Gregory in UF Health Jacksonville's Neonatal unit.
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Jacksonville on Wednesday, two days after the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan bill aimed at fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Of the 12 people who were shot at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, ten survived and were treated at Memorial Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we discussed the shooting Sunday at The Jacksonville Landing that left three dead, including the gunman, and 11 wounded. Sunday’s violence came on top of a shooting Friday at Raines High School that left on dead and one wounded.

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If the Jacksonville City Council gives the OK to Mayor Lenny Curry’s annual budget proposal, UF Health Jacksonville, which serves as a safety net for many uninsured and underinsured patients, could receive as much as $15 million in the coming fiscal year. Curry is also proposing for $120 million in local dollars to go fixing the hospital’s city-owned facilities over the next six years as a part of his capital improvement plan.

Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard a review of the just completed term of the U.S. Supreme Court and the potential effect of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy with the Florida Immigrant Coalition’s Basma Alawee and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, director and pre-law instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Florida (01:22).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with American Medical Association President-Elect Dr. Barbara McAneny about the association’s conference this week at the Prime Osborn Convention Center focusing on gun violence, the opioid epidemic, mental health and obesity (01:16).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with UF Health Jacksonville CEO Dr. Leon Haley on the troubles in Tallahassee of getting the legislature to agree on Medicaid funding and approving a budget  UPDATE - a budget was agreed upon Wednesday afternoon. There will now be a three-day “cooling off” period before the vote by the legislature (01:12).

Ahead of the City Rescue Mission’s Annual Difference Makers Banquet we spoke with Executive Director Penny Kievet and FCS Ministries Founder and Toxic Charity author Robert Lupton who’ll be speaking at the banquet (25:45).  

MOCA Jacksonville’s Caitlin Doherty and artist Anila Quayyum Agha joined the show to talk about Anila’s Project Atrium exhibit, The Greys In-Between (35:30).

Duval County Public Schools Arts Director Jeff Smith and members of the district’s Arts Advisory Council - Erin Kendrick and Shawn Pfaffman - told us about March being Arts in Our Schools Month for DCPS (46:00).  

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF professor Dr. Jim Gelsleichter about the research vessel W.T. Hogarth that he and some students will be using this spring for ocean research (01:12).

We heard about an event this weekend at the University of North Florida to prevent teen suicides with UF Health Jacksonville Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Allison Ventura (26:35).    

Generous Pours founder Ellen Cottrill told us about this week’s fundraiser at HOBNOB for Feeding Northeast Florida (35:02).

Jacksonville Public Library Special Collections Manager Laura Minor and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Christopher Lane told us about an event this weekend highlighting the library’s map collection (46:00).   


Thursday on Faith Matters on 89.9 WJCT host Kyle Reese, senior pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and One Jax Executive Director Nancy Broner and their guests discussed the role of faith in mental health treatment


Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Chad McIntrye, manager of Trauma Flight Services with Trauma One at UF Health Jacksonville hospital and Dr. David Yorkgitis, who is a  trauma acute-care surgeon. Yorkgitis heads up a mass casualty group in Jacksonville that prepares the local trauma team for crisis situations (01:12).

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UF Health Jacksonville jumped 33 spots in an annual ranking of academic medical centers, according to hospital officials.

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