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Florida hospitals: Building boom

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BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel is one of a slew of facilities that have sprung up across the state since the Legislature deregulated new hospital construction.

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Florida hospitals: Building boom

| 4/16/2024

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Florida hospitals: Building boom

The easing of Florida's certificate of need requirements has triggered a surge in health care construction. Health care systems expanded to gain market share in their regions and new regions of the state while out-of-state players planted flags here. A larger geographic footprint gives systems more leverage in negotiations with insurers. [Source: Florida Trend]

State eyes increasing number of private schools eligible for LINE nursing funds

The state Department of Education will develop a rule to carry out part of a legislative package known as “Live Healthy” that includes trying to expand the health care workforce. The department on Wednesday posted a notice of a rulemaking workshop on April 24. In part, the potential rule would deal with broadening the number of private colleges and universities eligible to receive money through the state’s Linking Industry to Nursing Education, or LINE, Fund. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Thousands die from opioid overdoses in Florida each year. Could Medicaid expansion save lives?

Medication treatment access is a problem across the country, but research suggests in states without Medicaid expansion, like Florida, the barriers can be higher for many low-income adults. Florida has one of highest uninsured rates in the country, at 13.9% of people under age 65, 2022 data from the U.S. Census Bureau show. [Source: Health News Florida]

Ban of local heat protections for outdoor workers could create a 'public health crisis'

Local governments in Florida will be banned from protecting outdoor workers from extreme heat after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the preemption into law Thursday night. This comes ahead of what's expected to be an even hotter summer than last year’s record-setting months. [Source: WUSF]

Florida launches Baker Act dashboard to improve mental healthcare

It is now easier to see what mental health resources are needed across Florida. The Florida Department of Children and Families launched a first-of-its-kind dashboard showing data on people admitted for mental health services under the Baker Act. The dashboard shows more than 87,000 people across Florida have gone through mental health evaluations since July 1. [Source: WCJB]


› UF Health researchers find new method to use MRIs to delve into secrets of brain aging
University of Florida Health aging researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of using common clinical brain MRIs to peer inside the organ and extract its biological age, or brain age. That knowledge might one day be used as an early signal of cognitive or physical decline, allowing earlier interventions. Their study was published late last year in Scientific Reports – Nature.

› BayCare receives a $50 million donation for a new Tampa children's hospital
St. Joseph's Hospital will receive a $50 million gift that will further pediatric care in the greater Tampa Bay region. In a Wednesday news release, BayCare announced the gift — from Tampa business leader and philanthropist Sidd Pagidipati, along with his brother Rahul and sister Srujani — will support a new pediatric facility at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital that was first announced in October.

› Only one Florida hospital makes national rankings for Black maternal health
U.S. News & World Report identified 26 hospitals in 13 states achieving excellent outcomes for c-section and unexpected newborn complications among Black patients. Only one Florida hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, made the list. Lauren Springfield is the director of community health at Lakeland Regional Heath. She says programs like their Maternal Focus Care initiative allow mothers to give direct feedback on their care.

› FSU and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare sign agreement on new facilities
Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare have signed an agreement that is part of developing an academic health center in Tallahassee and a medical campus in Panama City Beach. The university and hospital system announced the agreement Monday. The agreement, known as a memorandum of understanding, is related to creating a nonprofit corporation to oversee issues such as research and clinical-education decisions.

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