Justine Griffin, Medical Reporter

Justine Griffin

Medical Reporter

I cover health and medicine for the Tampa Bay Times. That could be anything related to your health, from the evolution of health insurance to medical marijuana. I'm a native Floridian who grew up in Pasco County. Prior to covering health care, I was a business reporter writing about retail, tourism and other consumer topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I worked for the St. Augustine Record, the Sun Sentinel and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where I gained national attention for my retail coverage and for a long-form article I wrote about my experience as an egg donor. I'm a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!), where I studied journalism. I'm also an equestrian. My horse's name is Mikey.

Tampa General’s new ‘command center’ cuts delays, saving millions

Latisha Lynch, a dispatcher in the transport department monitors patients movement inside of the clinical command center at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday. Tampa General is the fourth hospital in the world, and first in Florida, to open a high-tech, mission control-like command center in partnership with GE Healthcare. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
The hospital joins with GE Healthcare to create a new system that tracks patients at every stop in their care, and intervenes when necessary.

$10 million gift makes it a ‘landmark day’ for USF’s pharmacy college

Members of the Taneja family, pictured here at an October gala honoring their philanthropy, have given $10 million through their foundation to the University of South Florida's pharmacy college. They are, from left: Jugal, Manju, Supriya, Rhianna and Mihir. [Times (2018)]
The money will allow the newly named USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy to relocate to USF’s downtown Tampa medical school.

We went to a class on hepatitis A. Here’s what we learned.

Dr. Luke Johnsen, medical director of Metro Inclusive Health, answers questions about hepatitis during a class Aug. 6 at the organization’s St. Petersburg office. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
As outbreaks of the virus become more frequent across Tampa Bay and the nation, people are looking for ways to protect themselves.

The VA wants to take better care of its female patients, with help from USF center

Inside the University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa, where Veterans Administration health workers will train to take better care of female patients. Women are the fastest-growing segment of the veteran population. [Times (2012)]
The University of South Florida’s medical simulation center will train Veterans Affairs health workers from around the country.

St. Anthony's Hospital to build $152 million 90-bed patient tower

St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is undergoing a $152 expansion which will add a new patient tower to the medical campus. [Photo courtesy of BayCare]
In anticipation of population growth in St. Petersburg, St. Anthony's Hospital will add 90 new beds, bringing its total to 448.