Florida Hospital Launching New Cardio-Oncology Initiative

Breast cancer patients may be at increased risk of heart diseases, and now, Florida Hospital is launching a cardio-oncology initiative designed to prevent or minimize the adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation on these patients.

The initiative, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations, combines state-of-the-art cardiac software, a care coordinator and a multidisciplinary approach to treating breast cancer patients.

Physicians can monitor a patient’s heart function before irreversible damage occurs, and if there’s a sign of cardiac decline, the multidisciplinary team will be able to adjust cancer treatment or prescribe medications to protect the patient’s heart.

“When we care for patients, we can’t look at just the cancer or just the heart disease. We need to treat the whole person, and this new initiative strengthens our wholistic approach to healing,” said Dr. Patricia Guerrero, a cardiologist with Florida Heart Group and medical director of Florida Hospital’s women and cardiovascular disease program. “We are appreciative for the continued support the Hearst Foundations has offered to our cardiovascular program and are confident this will have a significant impact on our patients’ health.”

Guerrero treated Brown in 2016, six years after she was declared cancer free. Brown thought her allergies caused shortness of breath, but Guerrero found heart disease was to blame.

Research shows up to 28 percent of women receiving chemotherapy will develop a weakening of the heart, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2017.

Florida Hospital has outstanding clinical programs, and we are pleased to support initiatives that further enhance their services and provide Central Floridians vital care,” said Ligia Cravo, senior program officer at the Hearst Foundations.

The new initiative launched at Florida Hospital Orlando and Florida Hospital Altamonte and is expected to expand to the Apopka and Celebration campuses in the upcoming months.

The Hearst Foundations’ grant also includes ongoing support of Florida Hospital’s Heart Care Center — a program that seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved and uninsured heart patients in Central Florida.

Content courtesy of Florida Hospital

Clay Chamber Leadership class 2018

Congratulations are in order to Terri Ortega for her graduation from the 2018 Clay Chamber Leadership class.

2018 Clay County Chamber of Commerce Community and Health Expo

We had a great time at the 2018 Clay Chamber Community Business & Health Expo, Wednesday, September 25, 2018. We really enjoyed meeting fellow Clay Chamber members and business owners.

We look forward to seeing you all at future Clay Chamber events!

2018-2019 Southeast Georgia Healthcare Guide is here!

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to the 2018-2019 Southeast Georgia Healthcare Guide™. This publication is intended to be your resource and reference guide for locating physicians, specialists and other ancillary providers in the Southeast Georgia region. This publication contains up-to-date information in an easy-to-use directory listing format.

The 2018-2019 Southeast Georgia Healthcare Guide includes the Green Pages™. These pages feature listings of physicians by specialty, area hospitals, physician assistants, ancillary healthcare providers and services. These listings include National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, if available, for further convenience.

Additionally, the information found in our guide contains editorials about cutting-edge technology, legislative news, changes in medicine and other valuable healthcare information.

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Jacksonville Shooting Patients Recovering Well

Survivor Alex Madunic with his Memorial Hospital nursing team (from left to right) Denise Leblanc, Lyn Cole and Michael Morton.

Jacksonville, FL (August 27, 2018 – 4 pm) – Four victims of the Jacksonville Landing shooting have been treated at Memorial Hospital; three have now been released.

The names of these patients are as follows:
• George Amadeo, II, 17, is in good condition
• David Echevarria, 28, was treated for minor injuries and discharged on 8/26/2018
• Alexander Madunic, 27, was treated for a gunshot wound to the foot and discharged on 8/27/2018
• Christopher McFarland, 31, was treated for a bullet graze to the head and discharged on 8/27/2018

“It is during our most difficult moments, that we truly see the strength of our Jacksonville community,” said Memorial Hospital CEO Brad Talbert. “Over the past 24 hours, our extended healthcare team has lifted up these patients and families helping them to survive this unspeakable tragedy.”

Memorial Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare, is a Level-2 Trauma Center with physicians and staff specially-trained to care for the critically-injured.

Survivor Chris McFarland with his Memorial Hospital nursing team (from left to right) Denise Leblanc, Michael Morton, Andrew Mason, Michelle Hernandez and Desireen Archie.
The ER & Trauma Care Team at Memorial Hospital

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2018 – 2019 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide is here!

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to the 2018/2019 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide™ (JHCG). We are pleased to announce JHCG now includes the official Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) Membership Directory as well as affiliated medical societies, including Clay and Nassau county medical societies.

As always, this publication contains up-to-date information for directory listings, legislative news, changes in medicine and new technology. This edition of JHCG explores digital health in the HIPAA Era, MACRA, Home Health Agencies and the Final Rule, as well as local hospital news and updates.

Additionally, this guide contains our Green Pages™ section, a comprehensive, easy-to-read directory. The Green Pages include listings of physicians by specialty, area hospitals, ancillary and other healthcare providers and services, and color-coded identifiers to mark Medical Society members. The listings include National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, if available, for further convenience.

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Legislation That Could Impact Your Practice When Advertising

The Florida Senate passed a bill in February 2018 that requires any advertisement for medical services from a physician states the certifications obtained by that physician and that advertisements may not be produced promising results or effects that are not medically backed. It also prohibits the implication of credentials by omission or faulty wording within advertisements. However, a physician advertisement may indicate services offered and then state that the practice is limited to one or more types of services when the physician has been certified as a specialist in a specific aspect.

Newborn undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor at three days old at Wolfson Children’s Hospital

“Olivia’s parents had no idea Wolfson is one of U.S. News’
50 Best Children’s Hospitals in the Nation in neurosurgery,
but it made all the difference.​”

By Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Jacksonville, Florida, June 26, 2018 — Jennifer Schmidt was planning on a natural water birth at home, but when her baby went into the breech position, a cesarean section became the best option. Her baby girl, Olivia, was born severely anemic and with unusually low blood sugar. She was rushed to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where she was examined by a team of neonatologists and endocrinologists.

Olivia had a craniopharyngioma, a brain tumor that forms near or on the pituitary gland, impacting many bodily functions including metabolism, blood pressure, growth and reproduction. Chemotherapy and radiation posed a risk to her developing brain, so her physicians decided surgical removal was her best option.

Philipp Aldana, MD, co-medical director of the Stys Neuroscience Institute at Wolfson Children’s, led the six-hour procedure. He and his neurosurgery team went in through Olivia’s forehead and carefully made their way underneath the lobes of her brain, navigating around critical structures like the optic nerves and carotid arteries. Once at the site, they removed the entire blueberry-sized tumor, along with her pituitary gland.

Having this surgery at such a young age spares Olivia from the developmental delays she would have endured otherwise, as well as symptoms like vision loss and headaches as the tumor pressed on surrounding tissues. Today, she is still monitored at Wolfson Children’s to ensure she stays happy and healthy.

“God’s hand has been on her since the beginning, but we also had the most talented and caring medical team who were truly dedicated to her success,” Schmidt said. At the time of her surgery, Olivia’s family didn’t know Wolfson Children’s has been consistently named among the 50 best children’s hospitals in the country by the annual U.S. News & World Report quality survey, but their baby girl’s recovery is proof that specialized care can change young lives.

Wolfson Children’s named again to U.S. News’ 50 Best Children’s Hospitals

What does that mean to parents and patients?

Jacksonville, Florida, June 26, 2018 — Today, U.S. News & World Report announced that it has ranked Wolfson Children’s Hospital among the top 50 hospitals in two specialties in its 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings: pediatric neurology & neurosurgery and pediatric cancer. Services provided at Wolfson Children’s Hospital are provided by pediatric specialists with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, JacksonvilleUniversity of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

Michael D. Aubin, Wolfson Children’s Hospital president, said, “The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are designed to help parents determine where they can get the best medical care for their children. Thanks to our strong partnerships with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, we are able to provide some of the best pediatric care in the nation.”

“Our team at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville values collaborating with the great staff at Wolfson Children’s and Nemours to bring the best medical care and outcomes to the children in the greater Jacksonville community and beyond,” said Mark Hudak, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UF Health Jacksonville. “By highlighting two specific programs at Wolfson Children’s, U.S. News validates the excellence that partners who work together can achieve for the benefit of children and families. The community should also understand that the programs at Wolfson Children’s that U.S. News did not explicitly recognize are also among the finest in the country.”

Gary Josephson, MD, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP, chief medical officer of Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, said, “From injuries on the field to life-changing care, Nemours world-class physicians work tirelessly through our affiliation with Wolfson Children’s Hospital to fulfill our promise of being shared guardians of children’s health and joy. These U.S. News & World Report rankings recognize the dedication, expertise and teamwork of Nemours physicians working with Wolfson Children’s nurses and staff, as well as our research to advance the highest quality care for children and I could not be more proud.”  

U.S. News & World Report began ranking children’s hospitals in 2007 on their ability to help children, particularly those with rare or complex medical conditions such as cancer; congenital heart disease; diabetes and metabolic disorders; brain, spine and nervous system conditions; diseases of the digestive tract and more.

“The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that deliver state-of-the-art medical care to children with complex conditions,” said Ben Harder, chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the level of quality care that these hospitals deliver day after day.” How does a children’s hospital get ranked in the top 50?

One-third of each hospital’s score relates to survival, infections, surgical complications and other medical outcomes. Hospital reputation, based on an annual survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each of the 10 specialties, makes up 16.7 percent, or one-sixth, of a hospital’s score. The remaining 50 percent evaluates a hospital’s commitment to safety, excellence and respect for patients. A few examples of these might include a count of specific ways in which a hospital minimizes infections, the number of fellowship programs offered and the extent to which families are involved in a child’s care. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings.

Parents and caregivers have to decide for themselves whether they want to put more or less weight on particular factors, said U.S. News on their website. Ultimately, these rankings allow parents to choose their child’s health care provider based on data about a hospital’s quality of care.

For more information on the U.S. News rankings, visit Best Children’s Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

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Wolfson Children’s Hospital relies on the generosity of members of our community. To support Wolfson Children’s Hospital, please visit wolfsonchildrens.com.

About Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville
Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, is a part of Baptist Health, Northeast Florida’s most comprehensive health system serving every stage of life. Wolfson Children’s is the only hospital just for kids in Northeast Florida and serves as the region’s pediatric referral center. Staffed 24/7 by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children, the 216-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features the latest pediatric medical technology in a welcoming, child-friendly environment. At Wolfson Children’s, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and endocrinology disorders, Orthopaedic conditions, behavioral health conditions, traumatic injuries, and more. Wolfson Children’s pediatric health care partners include Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. For additional information, please visit wolfsonchildrens.com.

About U.S. News
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

2018 – 2019 East Central Coast Healthcare Guide is here!

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to the 2018-2019 East Central Coast Healthcare Guide™. This publication is your resource for all aspects of the healthcare industry in Flagler, Volusia and Northern Brevard counties. Dubbed by many as the “bible” of the healthcare industry as the only referral and reference resource guide.  It contains up-to-date information for directory listings, legislative news, and changes in medicine and other healthcare practices.

Additionally, this guide contains our Green Pages™ section, a comprehensive, easy-to-read directory. The Green Pages includes listings of physicians by alphabetically and specialty, area hospitals, physician assistants, and ancillary healthcare providers and services. The listings include National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, if available, for further convenience.

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