As Ian targets Tampa Bay, hospitals, nursing homes evacuate patients
Several Tampa Bay area hospitals were evacuated while others across the region on Monday canceled noncritical surgeries and appointments ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ian. Nursing homes also prepared, with those at highest risk of storm surge evacuating residents. Elective surgeries and medical appointments were canceled and nursing homes evacuated as the area braces for the worst. [Source: Tampa Bay Times ]
How hurricanes and tropical storms can impact your mental health
Hurricanes and tropical storms are disruptive to someone's property, education and job when they make landfall. But something we don't often consider are the short- and long-term effects on mental health. Sara Newhouse is the disaster recovery mental health coordinator for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The position was created in 2019 by first lady Casey DeSantis to address the damage from disasters beyond the physical. Newhouse took the role this year. [Source: Health News Florida]
Looking like their patients — UM, MDC work to get more people of color into medical school
Earlier this month, Miami Dade College and UM announced they would create a new partnership aimed at ensuring more students from MDC can participate in the Medical Scholars summer program. The medical school and MDC signed an agreement that guarantees a slot to qualified students from MDC in the Medical Scholars program. The program accepts around 120 students each year and is free. [Source: Miami Herald]
The push for COVID boosters is on in South Florida — but uptake is slow
The fall season is approaching, COVID cases are projected to tick up again, and the uptake for the new booster is strikingly slow. South Florida hospital leaders are concerned. So far, only about 37,000 of Florida’s 20 million eligible residents have received the new bivalent booster shot designed to target the omicron subvariants that have dominated caseloads in Florida in 2022, according to a state health report released Friday. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
BayCare Health System has stopped scheduling elective surgeries and procedures for patients with Florida Blue health insurance as the two nonprofits appear to be unable to agree on a new contract. The two firms have been at loggerheads for the past seven months trying to negotiate new reimbursement rates for medical treatment that covers about 85,000 Florida Blue patients treated by BayCare doctors and hospitals. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› West Palm Beach nursing academy has first in-person graduation in years [WPBF]
For quite a while, the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations has had to hold its graduations virtually. However, Thursday was different, as they had their first in-person gradation in nearly two years. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the academy had seen nurses graduate, but through a screen. Holding their graduation back in person has been something they have waited literal years for, and Thursday morning they got to see three classes walk across the stage.
› Healthy Start considers launching a free doula service in Central Florida [WMFE]
Healthy Start of Central and North Central Florida are considering launching a free doula program for expectant moms in the area. But they’re looking for feedback from pregnant people first. The coalition in partnership with the University of Florida School of Public Health has set up a quick, five-minute online survey to gauge community interest in the doula service.
› Volusia County reports another human case of West Nile virus [Health News Florida]
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County on Friday reported its second human case this year of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. The first case was reported Aug. 17. Both were in west Volusia. But department spokeswoman Wendi Jackson stresses that the virus has been detected in sentinel chickens in the eastern part of the county, too.
› Where you live in Broward determines how much more tax you should expect to pay for hospital support in 2023 [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Broward County taxpayers north of Griffin Road will pay a lot more to fund their public hospital system this year, while those who live generally south of the dividing line will see their tax rate drop. Each year, the North Broward Hospital District, known as Broward Health, and the South Broward Hospital District known as Memorial Healthcare System, set a millage rate that property owners pay in their annual taxes to support medical care to the uninsured residents in their geographic areas.