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Safety Net Hospitals Seek ‘Fair Share’ Of Federal Money

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Congress, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, set aside $13 billion to help safety-net hospitals that treat a majority of poor, elderly and disabled patients.

But some of Florida’s largest safety-net hospitals - including Jackson Memorial, UF Health Shands and Tampa General - didn’t qualify for the funding included in a federal-stimulus bill known as the CARES Act, while seeing their finances deteriorate as they shifted from providing “elective” surgeries and procedures to dealing with coronavirus cases.

Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida have created a new organization with goals of integrating patient care, education, and research.

As Florida’s coronavirus cases break national records, health workers say they’re feeling the strain. While most hospitals still have room to take in more patients, some doctors and nurses say they're being pushed to their limits.

As the country tries to meet the growing demand for coronavirus tests, some area hospitals like Tampa General Hospital are doing their own in-house testing.

A local legislator is taking steps to combat what she calls "an alarming and urgent healthcare crisis” – especially among young people.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said she is introducing legislation to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 21.

Gov. Ron DeSantis tours Tampa General Hospital's new CareComm command center.
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A new command center at Tampa General Hospital is saving the hospital money and reducing the time patients spend at the facility.

University of South Florida Health and Tampa General Hospital announced at Thursday's USF Board of Trustees meeting that they will be strengthening their partnership.

The two have been working together since the College of Medicine's creation in the early 1970’s, and TGH already serves as the official teaching hospital for USF. 

Tampa General Hospital performed its first kidney transplant in 1974 and by 1985 had completed Florida’s first successful heart transplant. In October of this year, they hit the ten-thousand transplant mark.

Tampa General Hospital has hired the CEO of Jupiter Medical Center to become its next president and CEO, officials announced on Monday.

Tampa General Cleared In Malpractice Dispute

Mar 19, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up a dispute about whether Tampa General Hospital could be held liable in a medical-malpractice lawsuit.

Tampa General Hospital president and CEO Jim Burkhart abruptly resigned Tuesday, officials said.

The hospital released few details about Burkhart's resignation. His name and biography have been removed from the hospital's website. 

Burkhart came to Tampa General nearly four years ago from Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where he was president and CEO.

“We appreciate all that Jim has done during his time here,” John Brabson, Tampa General’s board chairman, said in a release.

Court Sides With Tampa General In Malpractice Case

Aug 25, 2016
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An appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that cleared Tampa General Hospital from potential liability in a medical-malpractice case stemming from the death of a patient during surgery.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposes repealing a law known as “hospital tiering,” which could cause Florida safety-net hospitals to lose millions of dollars a year, the Miami Herald reports. 

Hospitals such as Jackson Health System in South Florida and Tampa General Hospital stand to lose $40 million and $15 million, respectively, according to the Herald.

Tampa General Hospital & USF Health Bariatric Center

Many people struggle with their weight, and former athletes are no exception.

But athletes who gain weight once they retire are at a higher risk for serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. That's why four retired NFL players, including two from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, teamed up as part of a weight loss study by Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Bariatric Center to tackle their obesity.

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Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital are partnering to build a $60-million “healthplex,” start a home care agency and offer hospice care, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

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More than a dozen groups are vying to win new hospice program contracts in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, where state officials say they are lacking in end-of-life services, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

Gov. Rick Scott’s leadership of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain is well known, as is the company’s record $1.7 billion fine for filing false claims for Medicare and other federal health programs.

But as he faces re-election, stories about a simultaneous investigation in the 1990s are emerging involving Scott and attempts to buy the then-publicly owned Tampa General Hospital, The Tampa Tribune reports.

Trauma Drama Over

Jul 29, 2014

Legal efforts to close HCA Healthcare-owned trauma centers in Bradenton and Pasco County have been dropped, the News Service of Florida reports. Tampa General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa and St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Health filed notices that they will drop the years-long dispute over increasing the number of trauma centers across the state.

A Tampa General Hospital nurse was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident on Saturday.  Police say Danielle Nichole Goeller was driving a car that hit a pedestrian who had stepped into the roadway, but allegedly left the scene, according to the Tampa Bay Times

After being alerted of a damaged Volvo in a nearby parking lot, Tampa police arrested Goeller, the Times reports.

Edna Perez’s perspective on sickle cell anemia is unusual. She’s Hispanic, not black; at 53, she has lived longer than most with the disease; and she’s also a registered nurse, so she is both caregiver and patient.

Perez is a participant in one of two clinical trials under way at the University of South Florida Health Clinics, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

A former state Supreme Court Justice will referee the bitter fight over hospital trauma centers. The Florida Department of Health’s attorney told the House Health Innovation Subcommittee that starting next week, former justice Ken Bell will referee talks about the rules determining where and how many new specialized hospital trauma centers can operate, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Five Florida hospitals have received the industry's highest award for managing the shift to a paperless environment.

The “Stage 7” designation is the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model developed by HIMSS Analytics. It measures how hospitals use information technology applications.

Business Leaders Push for Medicaid Expansion

Sep 17, 2013
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Businesses and healthcare industry leaders on Tuesday publicly urged Florida lawmakers to use billions of dollars in federal funds to provide health coverage for about 1 million low-income adults in the state. 

Convincing state lawmakers to reconsider Medicaid expansion is a top priority for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, said its president and CEO Bob Rohrlack at a news conference organized by the League of Women Voters of Florida. Rohrlack said the federal money would have a huge impact on the economy. 

USF Health is investigating a breach that exposed the personal information of about 140 patients treated by its doctors at Tampa General Hospital.

Tampa General, which is still battling a lawsuit from a woman who lost parts of her arms and legs to necrotizing fasciitis, now has a similar suit, except that the patient in the new case died, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Coincidentally, both patients were in intelligence work at MacDill Air Force Base, but their infections occurred in different years and do not appear to be related.

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Although Tampa General Hospital was recently ranked the second-best hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report, and ranked first last year, Consumer Reports’ new guide puts TGH at the bottom of the list for post-surgery recovery of elderly patients in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tampa Police have found a homeless woman who left Tampa General Hospital this past weekend before she had learned that she has tuberculosis.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Sarah Williams, 53, was located Tuesday evening at S. Dale Mabry Highway and Inman Avenue. Officers called for an ambulance, which took Williams back to Tampa General.

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In a highly unusual case, police issued an alert seeking the public's help in finding a homeless woman who left Tampa General Hospital on Saturday before she learned that she has tuberculosis.

The press release identified the woman as Sarah J. Williams, 53, also called Sarah J. Owens. ABC Action News in Tampa posted a photo of her from 1998 from police files, shown at left.