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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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A recent study ranks UF Health Jacksonville as one of the worst hospitals in the country for infection prevention. Three of the bottom 12 hospitals are in Florida.

The Consumer Reports study looked at the rates of avoiding five infections most common among hospital patients.

UF Health Jacksonville ranks in the bottom 12, along with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday said the death of Sandra Bland, who officials say committed suicide in her Texas jail cell after she was detained following a routine traffic stop, shows the importance of training police officers to de-escalate high-pressure situations. We speak with Toni Chrabot, recently-retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge out of Jacksonville, who trained agencies in de-escalation procedures.

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A panel formed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the finances of hospitals and other parts of the health-care industry held its first meeting Wednesday since the end of two legislative sessions dominated by those issues, as Scott signaled he would continue pushing for changes.

The governor's Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met in Jacksonville to hear from local hospitals — and particularly UF Health Jacksonville — and to consider data on executive compensation and the quality of care around the state.

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The UF Health hospital in downtown Jacksonville is no longer in immediate danger of closing. That’s what CEO Russ Armistead told the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding at its stop in Jacksonville on Wednesday morning.

Armistead said, “Thanks to the Legislature and the governor, the LIP funding, which was 95 million dollars, we essentially got all of that for the current year. So we are funded. We’re good to go.”

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UF Health Jacksonville hospital stands to receive nearly identical state funding as last year under a budget agreement in the Florida Legislature Friday.

Florida Times-Union Statehouse Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell talked about the deal with WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo.


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UF Health Jax will be forced to close if there is no resolution to Florida’s health care funding crisis says CEO Russ Armistead.

The Florida House and Senate are back in Tallahassee this week after ending their regular session three days early. The two chambers could not agree on how to get health insurance to the state’s low income residents.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Armistead spoke out on the critical issue of hospital funding in Florida.

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.

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The UF Health Jacksonville hospital is too important to lose. That’s the message state lawmakers representing Duval County are planning to send to Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leadership in a letter next week.

The Duval delegation resolved to write the letter at their meeting in Jacksonville Wednesday after hearing from the public, including hospital executives and a hospital association president.

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Congresswoman Corrine Brown and several state legislators rallied in front of Jacksonville hospital on Monday. The Democratic lawmakers declared opposition to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to expand Medicaid. 

If the Medicaid debate goes unresolved, Brown warns it might fall on local taxpayers to keep hospitals operating.