Justine Griffin, Times Staff

Justine Griffin

Times Staff

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.

Florida on track, again, to lead the nation in Obamacare sign-ups

Events like this one in 2016 that guide people through Affordable Care Act enrollment have decreased since the federal government slashed funding for marketing. Still, enrollment in Florida is on pace with previous years and the state again leads the nation in Obamacare sign-ups. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]
With the annual enrollment period ending Saturday, the state is expected to see well over 1 million people buy health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.

BayCare receives early approval to build new hospital in Pasco

BayCare's St. Joseph's Hospital-North, at 4211 Van Dyke Rd., Lutz, opened in 2010. BayCare received preliminary state approval to oepn a new 60-bed acure-care hospital in Wesley Chapel. Times file
ACHA approved BayCare's application to build a 60-bed acute care hospital in Wesley Chapel.

No hospital, just an emergency ‘department’. They’re popping up all over.

Dr. Traci Ryan explains the intake patient process during a tour of Bayfront Health’s new free-standing emergency department in Pinellas Park. The facility opens today. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
As the health care industry evolves, free-standing “emergency departments” are adding to the range of options for patients. They’re more convenient and people are using them, but

Aspirin could be a weapon against ovarian cancer, Moffitt researcher says

According to three studies by a researcher from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, aspirin can lower a person’s risk of getting ovarian cancer and improve survival rates for those who already have the disease. [Courtesy of Duke Medicine]
The data from thousands of patients shows a link between aspirin and longer survival for those with ovarian cancer. The evidence is strong enough to warrant a conversation with your doctor, says...

Florida’s surgeon general announces health advisory on hepatitis A

State Surgeon General and State Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip announced a public health advisory on Thursday urging people to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The number of cases is up dramatically in Florida this year, the advisory said, with Tampa Bay and Orlando mentioned as hot spots for the virus. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
The number of cases this year is more than triple the average, and Tampa Bay is mentioned as one of the hot spots for the virus.