North Central Florida Local News

HCA Healthcare North Florida Announces David Shimp as CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center

Dec 13, 2021 at 11:19 am by pj

  Kissimmee  – HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced today the appointment of David Shimp as Chief Executive Officer of Osceola Regional Medica.... Read More

Hospital and Physician Groups File Lawsuit Over No Surprises Act Final Rules

Dec 09, 2021 at 03:14 pm by pj

  WASHINGTON (December 9, 2021) —The American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA), representing hospitals, health systems, and p.... Read More

The Department of Health in Marion County is Offering Free Flu Vaccines

Dec 08, 2021 at 05:21 pm by pj

Ocala —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is now offering free influenza vaccines for people of all ages. The shot for the 2021-22 flu season is availabl.... Read More

Mental Illness, Diseases and Substance Use Disorders Often Go Hand-in-Hand

Dec 08, 2021 at 04:47 pm by pj

By RICH JONES People with mental health issues are at high risk for substance use disorder (SUD), says a leading virtual support program designed to help individuals struggli.... Read More

Community Health Centers Receives National Recognition for Fourth Consecutive Year

Dec 08, 2021 at 11:59 am by pj

  WINTER GARDEN  – Central Florida-based Community Health Centers, Inc. was recently announced as a 2021 Best and Brightest Company to Work For for the f.... Read More

Oncologists Say the Build Back Better Act Will Slash Cancer Care Funding — A Skewed Argument

Dec 08, 2021 at 11:53 am by pj

  By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News    “An independent analysis shows that payments for cancer care will be slashed by close to 45% causing can.... Read More

Is It Time to Change the Definition of ‘Fully Vaccinated’?

Dec 08, 2021 at 11:46 am by pj

  By Victoria Knight, Kaiser Health News As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as omicron, a new co.... Read More

A Title Fight Pits Physician Assistants Against Doctors

Dec 08, 2021 at 11:42 am by pj

  By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News  After 23 years as a physician assistant, Leslie Clayton remains rankled by one facet of her vocation: its title. Specific.... Read More

Hospitals, Including in Florida, Refused to Give Patients Ivermectin. Lockdowns and Political Pressure Followed.

Dec 08, 2021 at 11:38 am by pj

  By Matt Volz, Kaiser Health News HELENA, Mont. — One Montana hospital went into lockdown and called police after a woman threatened violence because.... Read More

UF Health Joins National Study to Test COVID-19 Treatments

Dec 08, 2021 at 10:27 am by pj

By Diana Tonnessen GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at University of Florida Health and the OneFlorida+ Clinical Research Network have begun recruiti.... Read More

Orlando Health Ranked Among Top Hospitals in the Country 

Dec 07, 2021 at 11:48 am by pj

Orlando – Five Orlando Health facilities were named as Top Hospitals in the country by the Leapfrog Group today. An indepe.... Read More

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted the Diagnosis of New Cancers?

Dec 06, 2021 at 12:00 pm by pj

Analysis uncovers significant deficits in diagnostic procedures and subsequent new diagnoses   Restrictions in access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic caused disrup.... Read More

UF Health Researcher’s Analysis Finds New Pattern of Mutations in Omicron Variant

Dec 03, 2021 at 09:22 pm by pj

By Doug Bennett GAINESVILLE — A University of Florida Health researcher has successfully analyzed the many mutations in the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a c.... Read More

AdventHealth Halts Employee Vaccine Mandates…for Now

Dec 02, 2021 at 08:54 pm by pj

“Due to recent decisions by the federal courts to block the CMS vaccine mandate, we are suspending the vaccination requirements prescribed by this mandate. We will conti.... Read More

COVID-19 Spread Undetected in U.S., Europe Earlier Than Believed, Study Shows, Offering Lessons for Future Outbreaks

Dec 02, 2021 at 01:30 pm by pj

By JILL PEASE Local COVID-19 transmission was underway in California, New York, Florida and Texas well before the first reported U.S. case in Washington state on Jan. 20, 202.... Read More

Medicare Spending on Physician Services Declined $13.9 billion in 2020

Dec 02, 2021 at 01:27 pm by pj

A new report from the American Medical Association (AMA) documents unprecedented changes in Medicare spending as people decided to delay or forgo health care services during t.... Read More

Patients Who Recover from Severe COVID-19 Still Have Significant Risk of Death, UF Study

Dec 01, 2021 at 06:39 pm by pj

By Jill Pease GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patients who have recovered from severe COVID-19 have more than twice the mortality risk within the year following their illness than.... Read More

Omicron and Other Coronavirus Variants: What You Need to Know

Dec 01, 2021 at 06:29 pm by pj

  By Louis Jacobson, Kaiser Health News  Americans, already weary of a pandemic nearly two years long, were dealt a new blow during the long Thanksgiving week.... Read More

Leapfrog Safety Grades for Central Florida Hospitals

Nov 29, 2021 at 01:45 pm by pj

For the first time, hospitals graded on post-operative sepsis, kidney injury, and blood leakage    The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employer.... Read More

Black Tech Founders Want to Change the Culture of Health Care, One Click at a Time

Nov 29, 2021 at 11:46 am by pj

  By Cara Anthony, Kaiser Health News When Ashlee Wisdom launched an early version of her health and wellness website, more than 34,000 users — most of them.... Read More