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USF to seek state money as med school moves ahead

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The University of South Florida will ask lawmakers for an additional $21 million to complete funding for its downtown Tampa medical school and heart institute.

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Florida Supreme Court declines to hear Tampa General malpractice case

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The Florida Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on a case between Tampa General Hospital and the estate of Annie Godwin, who died while undergoing surgery performed by University of South Florida physicians in 2009. Godwin died of blood loss during an operation to remove a cancerous tumor after a large vein was torn during surgery. After her death, Godwin’s estate sued Tampa General, USF and the physicians performing the procedure. The malpractice lawsuit centers around whether Tampa General…

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Gulfport man claims Samsung vaping battery exploded, caught fire

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When someone switches from cigarettes to e-cigarettes they hope to lead healthier lives. No one expects the change to cause them more harm. Gulfport resident William Switzer began using e-cigarettes in 2013. He believed they were a safe alternative to aid in him quitting cigarettes. On Dec. 2, 2015, an e-cigarette, or vaporizer pen, blew up in his pocket. Switzer suffered second and third-degree burns after both the pen and its battery caught fire. Switzer is now suing all parties…

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Tampa General files to remove patient overstaying welcome

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A Tampa woman has overstayed her welcome at Tampa General Hospital, forcing the hospital to petition for Expedited Judicial Intervention. On Sept. 24, 2014, Theresia Fombo was brought to Tampa General after suffering a stroke. Since then, she has become strong enough to be discharged. Her three physicians determined she no longer needs acute care, however, she should be placed in long-term nursing care. When she was first discharged, the hospital made plans for her to go home with her…

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Tampa General’s Jim Burkhart takes over as FHA chair

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Jim Burkhart, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, has been elected chairman of the Florida Hospital Association‘s board of trustees. The selection took place Thursday at the association’s annual meeting in Orlando. Burkhart succeeds Mark Faulkner, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care Pensacola. “It is a privilege to chair the association on behalf of more than 200 Florida hospitals and health systems,” Burkhart said in a statement. “In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on clinical performance improvement and policies intended to foster…

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Tom Lee on Tallahassee budget impasse: ‘We don’t know how this is going to play out’

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As state lawmakers prepare to complete unfinished business in Tallahassee in a special session slated to begin in 12 days, one of the most important members of the 120-member Florida Legislature said on Wednesday that he’s not exactly sure what to expect when the House and Senate return next month to the Capitol to hammer out a budget agreement. “We really don’t know how this is going to play out,” said Brandon area state Sen. Tom Lee, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. Lee was…

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How do hospitals fare under new Senate plan? Check and see

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In hopes of hanging on to a $2 billion pool of supplemental Medicaid dollars the state uses to help fund hospitals, federally qualified health centers, HMOs and other parts of Florida’s healthcare delivery system, the Florida Senate late last week proposed a new plan that it hopes the federal government will approve. So, just how much can hospitals expect to get under a redesigned Low Income Pool, or LIP  formula?  A spreadsheet released by the Senate late Friday showed that, if…

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