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Vacant Edward White Hospital sues state, county over $118K property tax bill

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Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg operated from 1976 until it was bought by hospital giant HCA, which closed the facility in late 2014. However, in 2015 the Pinellas County tax collector issued the hospital with a property tax bill of $118,657 for the now vacant building. Edward White Hospital Inc., an entity of HCA, is suing the executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue, Leon M. Biegalski, as well as tax collector, Diane Nelson and property appraiser Pam Dubrov.…

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House panel OKs repeal of hospital regulation

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A bill that would end state oversight of hospital construction and expansion cleared its first House review panel on Thursday. The Select Committee on Affordable Healthcare Access OK’d the legislation (HB 437) 10-4 along party lines. The measure would repeal the “certificate of need” process that requires hospitals to show state regulators there’s a need in the community before they can build a new facility or expand an existing one. It also applies to adding specialty treatment programs, such as organ transplants. It…

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HCA, UCF College of Medicine announce residency program to help cut physician shortage

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A new Central Florida education alliance seeks to retain medical residents as a way to reduce the state’s physician shortage. Hospital Corporation of America’s North Florida Division announced today a partnership with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine for a program to increase the number of residencies and fellowships in Florida. The consortium — HCA North Florida’s largest academic partnership to date — strengthens the existing relationship between UCF and HCA to help solve a persistent nationwide physician shortage. It seeks…

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HCA pledges up to $1M in Nepal earthquake aid

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Hospital Corporation of America is reaching out to Nepal earthquake victims with pledges of up to $1 million in aid through a trio of international disaster relief organizations. The Nashville-based healthcare giant will give $250,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $250,000 to MedShare International, a nonprofit that provides surplus supplies and equipment to underserved populations. HCA officials also pledged to match donations of up to $500,000 from HCA employees and vendors to the American Red Cross for supporting Nepal earthquake relief.…

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