Local health care workers fed up with payroll delays triggered by ransomware attack
The ITEAM has received calls and emails from health care workers who said they are frustrated that they are getting no answers from Human Resources and their bosses about when they will be paid in full for their work during the holidays.
Baptist Health CEO on COVID-19 surge; vaccinations & masks
Baptist Health is just one of the hospital systems in our region reeling from the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. Baptist Health CEO Michael Mayo joins this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville” to explain some of his biggest concerns. Plus, the battle of vaccinations and masks, and what’s at stake if school districts or local governments decide to make them mandatory. News4Jax political analyst Rick Mullaney and political expert Pastor John Newman join us.
Local church leads prayer gathering for patients, staff battling COVID at Baptist Nassau
Members of a local church led a morning prayer Friday outside Baptist Medical Center in Nassau County as the hospital staff grapples with an uptick in COVID-19 cases that has left frontline workers feeling “overwhelmed.”
Duval County School Board votes to change 6 school names; downtown development proposals; Baptist Health’s new CEO
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” Duval County School Board member Warren Jones details changing six school names associated with the Confederacy. Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer talks about two downtown development proposals. And Baptist Health CEO Michael Mayo explains his new role.
The Players tees up big surprise for young cancer patients
Baptist Health gave Bender Middlekauff tickets for him, his family and friends to attend The Players Championship. But little did he know that when they got there, he’d wind up meeting his favorite professional golfer, Justin Thomas. “He called me out by my name at the 16th tee: ‘You’re Bender, right?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re Justin Thomas. 25-year-old @BaptistHealthJx cancer patient, Bender Middlekauff, met his favorite player pro golfer Justin Thomas at @THEPLAYERSChamp. @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/fZ9vG0BFGr — Brittany Muller (@BrittMullerNews) March 10, 2021Another young cancer patient’s dream was fulfilled Wednesday with an invitation to The Players from his favorite golfer, Dustin Johnson.
Symptoms of mental distress parents should watch for
At Wolfson Children’s Hospital, there has been a 300% increase in behavioral health admissions since the pandemic began in early 2020. These measures can also make it harder for kids already dealing with mental health hurdles to stay on track. All calls are answered by trained mental health experts, and conversations are free and confidential. (If the situation is life-threatening, call 911 or take your child to the nearest Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center immediately.) Wolfson Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of behavioral health services, including the 24/7 Kids & Teens Helpline, for children of all ages.
Quiz: Facts about falls -- test your knowledge
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. One in four people over the age of 65 fall each year, and they are at greater risk for taking a spill. Losing this skill can be very worrisome to some individuals.”There are many things that can cause someone to fall. See if you are up to speed on the causes, results, how to prevent it from happening to you.
What an OB-GYN wants you to know about pre-pregnancy planning
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports July through October tend to be the most popular birth months, meaning many babies are conceived around the holidays. Good pre-pregnancy health can improve your chances of conceiving, as well as prevent complications down the road. “Studies have found no evidence that hormonal birth control or LARCs affect fertility over the long term,” Patel said. “During pre-pregnancy visits, I often recommend patients track their ovulation, either with an app on their phone or an over-the-counter ovulation kit,” Patel said. “You should begin taking a prenatal vitamin at least three months prior to attempting to conceive,” Patel said.
Infants born the week of The Players getting special treatment
Wolfson Children's is the only hospital providing care for all kids in Northeast Florida & Southeast Georgia. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As The Players Championship approaches, local newborns are already getting into the spirit of golf. Every baby born at Baptist Health, as well as those in the NICUs, will receive a commemorative “Crawl. The newborn will also receive a birthday card containing the ABCs of safe sleep practices from The Players Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. “This week is such a special one in our community,” Jared Rice, Executive Director of The Players, said.
Considering bariatric surgery? Everything you need to know
Many people feel like having weight loss surgery is like giving up or admitting to failure. In fact, bariatric surgery is the most effective weight loss solution for morbid obesity, according to the National Institute for Health. Instead of a last option, weight loss surgery may be your best choice. Baptist Center for Bariatric Surgery offers the three most common types of weight loss surgery, which include the gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. On “River City Live,” we spoke with a married couple who underwent bariatric surgery.
JU and Baptist Health launch 12 month nursing program
Jacksonville University and Baptist Health teamed up to launch an accelerated nursing second-degree program that only takes 12 months to complete and earn a work-promise agreement from Baptist Health upon graduation and licensure. JU said this 12-month program is a way that rapidly addresses the “ever-increasing need” for qualified nurses in Northeast Florida. JU baptist health nursing program (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.) It looks and feels like a hospital and it’s where 35 students part of JU’s accelerated 12-month nursing program will learn. Wolf said while it may be a rigorous curriculum, the unique partnership with Baptist Health is like no other.
Winn-Dixie showers health care workers with random acts of kindness
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Winn Dixie celebrated “Random Acts of Kindness Day” on Wednesday by giving back to some of the community’s essential health care workers. The company presented 500 bags of food items to hospital employees at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health. The bags included shelf sustainable items the workers can use to feed their families as they also navigate the pandemic. Winn-Dixie North Florida Regional Vice President Shawn Sloan said it was about showing the respect and gratitude the health care workers deserve. AdEach Winn-Dixie store is also sending free bagels and cream cheese to a local school, fire station, police station or frontline organization of their choice.
Jacksonville hospitals struggle to meet demand for vaccine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – While grocery stores and state-run coronavirus vaccine clinics focus on inoculating people over 65 and healthcare workers against COVID-19, Gov. But Florida hospitals say they’re not getting enough vaccine doses from the state to make a significant dent in that vulnerable population. Since December, more than 200 hospitals throughout Florida have received shipments of the vaccine from the state. UF Health Jacksonville received two shipments within a week of each other in mid-December when vaccines began in the state of Florida. Because of that, the hospitals are not currently vaccinating any members of the public, let alone those with preexisting conditions.
Winter storm delays 200,000 vaccines headed for Florida
His office told News4Jax on Tuesday that 200,000 Moderna vaccines expected to arrive Tuesday have been delayed and are now expected to arrive on Thursday. Weather conditions across the United States are impacting the shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine to Florida. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 16, 2021News4Jax was told a shipment to Florida expected Monday might arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday. Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Harveys stores, which began giving vaccines in Northeast Florida counties earlier this month. Vaccine appointments in Houston and Austin were expected to be canceled again Tuesday because of the severe winter weather.