2017-2018 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide

JHCG2We are excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide™ is here! Distribution will be handled by Publication Distribution Services (PDS), located at 5107 University Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32216. For more information, please contact Rob Conwell or Julie Cade at 904-737-7327. PDS will commence deliveries on Monday, August 14, 2017.

While we will never minimize the importance of all types and sizes of medical organizations—you will find coverage of many smaller, sponsor practices included—the 2017-2018 edition of the Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide focuses on the large group practices in the Jacksonville area and the services they provide. Due to the vast number of practices in the region, we will define a “large” group practice as an organization with 13 or more physicians and more than two locations.

In addition to informational editorials, legislative news, cutting edge technology and more, the Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide includes the Green Pages TM – a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all area physicians by specialty with NPI numbers and contact information.

As always, we would like to thank our valued advertisers for supporting this publication. Without you, we could not provide this important resource to our community.

Please note that requests for additional copies should be made directly to the Publisher at MAlamad@HeritagePublishingInc.com.

We hope you enjoy this publication and thank you once again for advertising with Heritage Publishing, Inc.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

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An Exciting Year of Field School and Diving Begins with Promise of Identification of Shipwreck

Twelve students will participate in the prestigious maritime archaeology program which will continue excavation on the Anniversary Wreck off the coast of St. Augustine.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – From June 26th through July 21st, The St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program will host a field school class of twelve students and six supervisors including one international student from Saudi Arabia and a range of schools across the country: University of Pennsylvania; Eastern Carolina University; University of Colorado at Boulder. This field school class will be excavating what hopes to be a promising wreck for many reasons, a positive identification as a merchant ship among them. Originally found during the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine, the dive site is affectionately named the Anniversary wreck.

“We love having returning students,” said Chuck Meide, Director of Maritime Research for the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. “As archaeologists it’s our favorite time of year to get out there and dive, but also to be doing this important work with students who are so enthusiastic make it that much more rewarding.”

The students will first go through a rigorous week-long training and preparation for diving. Diving on the shipwreck site begins in the second week. Before the students arrived for training, Museum Archaeologists prepared the practice pool at Sea Hunt Scuba with an underwater obstacle course.

The team credits previously successful dives to incredible access to an institutional research vessel Roper courtesy of David Howe, a friend of the Museum, and the support of the Institute of Maritime History. It was in 2015 that archaeologists were able to use the pattern of and amount of objects found to decipher that this wreck was possibly a merchant ship fully loaded with sellable goods, dating between 1750-1800. The implications of confirming the dates and the type of ship are what really make this shipwreck stand out as one-of-a-kind. As the premier resource for information on local maritime heritage, the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeology Division is able to confirm that this would be the oldest merchant ship found in Northeast Florida. Additionally, a merchant ship would provide us with the most extensive knowledge to date of what the St. Augustine marketplace was in need of and wanting during the time period of the ship. Objects in large quantities have already been found on this ship including shoe buckles, pewter plates, cauldrons and barrels indicating a need within the market for these common items but also the potential to find more.

As the lead archaeologist on the team, Meide insists one dive season is never enough to fully research, excavate and answer everything which is why he is excited to be going out for a second season. When asked what he hopes will come of their work this summer and if he thinks they will be able to confirm the ship as a merchant ship, “we’re at the tip of the iceberg right now,” replies Meide, “but we’re also pretty sure that’s what it is.”

For the curious, the Museum will be updating social media and its blog with stories from the field. In addition, guests are always welcome to ask about the program when visiting. During the summer, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

 

ABOUT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM:

A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest PortSM. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) non-profit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest PortSM as symbolized by our working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Jacksonville Named No. 2 City Where Everyone Wants to Live in Right Now

Jacksonville Florida-downtownCall us biased, but Jacksonville has always been the perfect place to live with its miles of sandy beaches and year-round beautiful weather. In addition to a blossoming job market, we have the best bars, restaurants, shopping, museums, neighborhoods, hospitals and so much more.

The River City is seeing an influx of newcomers from other cities, and the population is booming. A recent study by realtor.com named Jacksonville as the No. 2 city in the U.S. where “everyone wants to live in right now,” and we couldn’t agree more. Jacksonville’s beach-adjacent location makes it ideal for outdoor fun and the area is filled with sloping golf courses, hiking and camping, lakes for kayaking and fishing. Another reason Jacksonville is one of the most sought after locations is the fast-growing art and music scene, with local artists, both up-and-coming and world-renowned, filling our city with beauty.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Jacksonville as one of the “Best Places to Live in America,” based on job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration. Scores for “value,” a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and “quality of life,” which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, the city’s population and average annual salary.

No matter the reason for moving to Jacksonville—jobs, family, health—most of us can agree that we find countless reasons to love this big city with a small city feel that we call home.

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The Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare will be arriving soon!

JHCG2017 Coming SoonWe are excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide™ will be delivered, and also available by request, the week of August 4, 2017.

The past few years have been shrouded in uncertainty for many medical providers in the U.S. Questions about how and when healthcare laws implemented by the previous administration may change have dominated the conversation. As a result, and for many other reasons, a number of physicians have chosen to join large groups of providers rather than continuing to operate a solo practice.

While we will never minimize the importance of all types and sizes of medical organizations—you will find coverage of many smaller, sponsor practices included—the 2017-2018 edition of the Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide focuses on the large group practices in the Jacksonville area and the services they provide. Due to the vast number of practices in the region, we will define a “large” group practice as an organization with 13 or more physicians and more than two locations.

In addition to informational editorials, legislative news, cutting edge technology and more, the Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide includes the Green Pages TM – a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all area physicians by specialty with NPI numbers and contact information.

As always, we would like to thank our valued advertisers for supporting this publication. Without you, we could not provide this important resource to our community.

To request a copy of the 2017-2018 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide, please contact Mark Al-Amad, at malamad@heritagepublishinginc.com or by calling 904-296-1304.

 

 

The 2017 First Coast Relocation Guide has arrived!

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The 2017 edition of the First Coast Relocation Guide is here! Published under exclusive contract with the JAX Chamber of Commerce, this is the only official relocation guide for the First Coast. Packed full of all the information new residents need, the guide is divided into three easy-to-use sections: Live, Work and Play.

From schools and neighborhoods to tax offices and libraries, the comprehensive Live section provides important phone numbers, maps and descriptions.

The Work section is dedicated to the businesses that keep this great area running as well as the roads, bridges and ports that make it all possible. This section also features the area’s Top 50 Employers to familiarize yourself with the major businesses on the First Coast.

Because Floridians know how to play, we have updated and expanded our Play section to include everything from area attractions to a list of Jacksonville’s best food trucks. There is no shortage of fun on the First Coast and the First Coast Relocation Guide is the perfect tool for newcomers and established residents alike to discover what the First Coast has to offer.

Copies are being mailed to all advertisers and distribution will commence next week. You can pick up your copy at area libraries, the JAX Chamber of Commerce, etc. In the meantime, please access our digital flipbook at myjaxchamber.com or heritagepublishinginc.com.

 

Bringing Change One Yoga Pose at a Time with Kathryn Thomas

By Katherine Odom-Tomchin

Yoga is known as a mind-body exercise that requires concentration on breathing and physical techniques to be performed properly. Kathryn Thomas, founder and executive director of Yoga 4 Change, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization that teaches yoga as a therapeutic exercise to struggling individuals, believes that yoga is much more than fitness. It is a tool to be utilized in unstable environments to promote healing and rehabilitation while preventing those in at-risk areas from falling into the mistakes more likely to occur in rougher settings. Yoga 4 Change aims to tap into the beneficial properties of yoga by teaching its ways to inmates, at-risk youth, veterans and those with mental health disabilities. Family! spoke with Kathryn on the creation of Yoga 4 Change and how it is making a difference on the First Coast.

Photo courtesy of Aidee Douglas (6)Why did you form Yoga 4 Change?
I was a naval helicopter pilot and I was in the Navy for a full seven years. I was medically retired because I fell while I was on deployment, so during that whole medical retirement process I kind of lost myself because I made my identity all about being a naval helicopter pilot and how awesome that was and suddenly in this one second it was, not totally taken away, but it was just not a possibility anymore. While I was going through the medical retirement process—it takes about a year—I started putting on a lot of weight and getting really depressed, and my physical therapist said that I should start doing something that would help me potentially keep weight off but at the same time maybe help me with stress and anxiety.… Read the rest

Caring for Your Soldier: Your Guide to Making the Best Care Package

By Tina Rymar

The military takes care of our country and our freedom, so it is important that we take care of them. During the holidays—and year round—putting together a care package is a great way to show your appreciation and remind a deployed soldier that they are loved and remembered. We have put together a list of some great treats that can be placed in the next package you send to your soldier.

Food
Your soldier will always appreciate snacks, and shareable items will get you points with their roommates, too. Here are some good options:

  • Beef jerky
  • Coffee (both ground and instant varieties)
  • Tea bags and instant cocoa (for soldiers deployed in colder areas)
  • Protein bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Chips that come in a hard package (like Pringles)
  • Flavor packets to add to water, especially ones with electrolytes for added hydration
  • If your soldier has a sweet tooth, candy such as M&Ms would be a safer bet than anything that can melt or get sticky during shipping

Soldiers are provided with meals, but they tend to lack flavor and can get a little boring. Try including these items every now and then to spice up dinner:

  • A small container or individual packets of hot sauce
  • A bottle of barbeque sauce from a local restaurant
  • Seasoned salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Seasoning packets

Personal Care
To make sure your soldier is always feeling their best, occasionally include these items in your care packages:

  • A quality razor/razor head replacements
  • Non-aerosol shaving cream
  • Lip balm
  • Topical pain remover (such as IcyHot) for sore muscles
  • Aspirin or other pain medicine
  • High quality socks to be worn under boots
  • Foot powder
  • Baby wipes

Photo by Natalie Swift Photography (3)Entertainment
While those deployed certainly put in a lot of hard work, they also have downtime every now and then.… Read the rest

A Heartfelt Thank You

By Mindy K. Urueta

Not too long ago, it was considered quite normal and expected for a child to respond to a gift with a handwritten thank-you note. For the most part, this form of etiquette has gone by the wayside in today’s fast-moving, technology-obsessed world. These days, it is considered the norm to send a quick text in place of a personal letter. It’s easy, efficient and gets the message out. But is it enough? There is something meaningful and gratifying about a thank-you card that someone took the time to choose, write and deliver.

With the holiday season right around the corner, the time for giving and receiving gifts is here; what better time to get your children in the swing of writing thank-you notes than during the most magical time of the year?

Most children don’t eagerly volunteer to get right to work on thank-you cards after receiving a gift, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made into a fun, family activity. One tip is to make sure thank-you note writing isn’t presented as a chore, but rather as an enjoyable and creative outlet for trying new penmanship, stationary or even poetry. The recipient will be thrilled that your child took a moment to recognize their gift.

If your little ones are too young to write a note, a colorful thank-you picture is just as meaningful. Markers, crayons, glue and some construction paper are the perfect tools for children to use when creating beautiful works of art to show someone how much their thoughtfulness means.… Read the rest

A Heartfelt Thank You

By Mindy K. Urueta

Not too long ago, it was considered quite normal and expected for a child to respond to a gift with a handwritten thank-you note. For the most part, this form of etiquette has gone by the wayside in today’s fast-moving, technology-obsessed world. These days, it is considered the norm to send a quick text in place of a personal letter. It’s easy, efficient and gets the message out. But is it enough? There is something meaningful and gratifying about a thank-you card that someone took the time to choose, write and deliver.

With the holiday season right around the corner, the time for giving and receiving gifts is here; what better time to get your children in the swing of writing thank-you notes than during the most magical time of the year?

Most children don’t eagerly volunteer to get right to work on thank-you cards after receiving a gift, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made into a fun, family activity. One tip is to make sure thank-you note writing isn’t presented as a chore, but rather as an enjoyable and creative outlet for trying new penmanship, stationary or even poetry. The recipient will be thrilled that your child took a moment to recognize their gift.

If your little ones are too young to write a note, a colorful thank-you picture is just as meaningful. Markers, crayons, glue and some construction paper are the perfect tools for children to use when creating beautiful works of art to show someone how much their thoughtfulness means.… Read the rest

Bookmark! Holiday Edition

Reviews by Betsy Dailo

For the Grown-Ups

Festivus The Holiday for the Rest of UsFestivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (2008)
By Allen Salkin
On Dec. 18, 1997, “The Strike” first appeared on TV. This Seinfeld episode seemed to change the world by creating Festivus, a holiday celebrated on Dec. 23 to serve as an alternative to the commercialized holiday Christmas has become. The day includes the Festivus pole, dinner, the Airing of Grievances and of course, the Feats of Strength.

Allen Salkin provides readers with not only a hilarious book, but one that shows how Festivus has been around for centuries, beginning in ancient Rome. However, the Seinfeld version of Festivus originally began in 1966 in the O’Keefe household. Dan O’Keefe was one of the writers for the show and brought his family’s traditions to the TV screen.

Families now celebrate Festivus as a real holiday, even purchasing their own aluminum pole to display. But don’t forget, as Frank Costanza says, “Until you pin me, George, Festivus is not over!”

For the Children

Daddy Christmas and Mama HanukkahDaddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama (2012)
By Selina Alko
In the U.S., families of different faiths are celebrating multiple winter holidays. In Selina Alko’s children’s book, she introduces Sadie, whose parents practice different faiths. Despite celebrating Christmas, Sadie’s dad is the one who makes the latkes, a traditional Jewish food. Her Jewish mom hangs the Christmas stockings.

Throughout the book, Alko shows how people can embrace other traditions to make one happy, diverse family. Their family visits later in the book to discuss their different traditions.… Read the rest