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Kathleen McGrory, Times Staff Writer

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (727) 893-8330

Email: kmcgrory@tampabay.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

 

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  1. Amid cancer research push, Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center earns top national designation

    Health

    TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center has once again been awarded the National Cancer Institute's top title, Moffitt officials announced Thursday.

    The NCI's prestigious "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation honors cancer research institutions for their scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of their work. Currently, only 47 cancer centers in the United States hold the title.

    Moffitt is the only one based Florida. The Mayo Clinic, which is based in Minnesota but has a location in Jacksonville, is also a Comprehensive Cancer Center....

    The National Cancer Institute has once again awarded Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center its top designation for cancer research and scientific leadership. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] 
  2. No Labor Day holiday for mosquito-control workers as storm improves conditions for Zika spread

    Health

    Hurricane Hermine toppled trees, deluged roads and knocked out power as it blew across Florida on Thursday night.

    And some experts say the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years could also complicate matters when it comes to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

    Florida is the only state where Zika is spreading by mosquitoes, namely the species known as Aedes aegypti. State health officials have confirmed 49 locally acquired cases, including one in Pinellas County....

    Buzz Deschaine, 65, surveys flooding to his property outside his Hudson home Friday in the wake of Hurricane Hermine. Experts say standing water left by the storm creates more places for Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to breed.
  3. Shorts you can wear to work? They *do* exist

    Blog

    I was secretly thrilled when Deal Diva Lisa asked me to write this post.

    She had noticed my work shorts.

    I bought said shorts three weeks earlier to take to a conference in California. I was looking for a unicorn: an outfit that was clearly business attire, but also kind of funky. Long pants were out of the question. I had been forewarned that some of the conference would take place outside, and temperatures would rise into the 90s....

    It's a summer miracle.
  4. U.S. News names Tampa General Hospital tops in region

    Health

    Tampa General Hospital is the best hospital in the region and the third best in Florida, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

    Other top performers in the area included Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The two facilities tied for eleventh place in the state.

    Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, meanwhile, was named the sixth best hospital for cancer in the nation, up from its 18th-place finish last year. Hospital officials said the jump was partly because Moffitt took steps to earn a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Association....

    A new report named Tampa General Hospital the best hospital in the Tampa Bay region. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Tampa Bay Times] 
  5. Dean sees bright present and future for USF's medical school

    Medicine

    Much has changed at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine since Dr. Charles Lockwood took over as dean two years ago.

    School leaders are designing a new downtown Tampa campus, an 11-story tower that will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.

    Applications are up from about 3,900 to about 6,270, as are accepted students' scores on the Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT....

    Philanthropist Frank Morsani and his wife Carol, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft, USF mascot "Rocky The Bull", State Sen. Tom Lee, Brian Lamb, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (North Florida), former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and Board of Governor's Chair Morteza "Mori" Hosseini and other dignitaries participate in the groundbreaking dedication of the new Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa in 2015. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  6. CDC grants state $1.3 million to fight Zika

    Blog

    Federal health officials are giving Florida more than $1.3 million to help prevent the spread of Zika, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. 

    All told, the CDC is distributing $25 million  to 53 state, city, and territorial health department in areas at risk for outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika.‎ 

    The funds, which can go toward the purchase of repellent, screens, and supplies for Zika prevention kits, will be available next week. ...

  7. First baby delivered in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly

    Health

    Doctors have delivered the first baby in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly, state health officials said Tuesday.

    The child's mother is a Haitian citizen who contracted the mosquito-borne virus while in her home country, the Department of Health said. She came to Florida to give birth.

    It was not announced where in the state the baby was born.

    As of Monday, 223 people in Florida, including 40 pregnant women, have been diagnosed with Zika. All of the cases are travel-related, meaning the people contracted the virus while traveling overseas or had sexual intercourse with someone who had recently traveled abroad. ...

    At least 223 people in Florida have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including 40 pregnant women. All of the cases are travel-related, meaning the people contracted the virus while traveling overseas or had sexual intercourse with someone who had recently traveled abroad. [Associated Press]
  8. On the front lines against Zika, Tampa Bay area mosquito experts are pressing hard

    Health

    TAMPA

    Ron Kolsen takes the cylinder-shaped bag and dumps its contents on a plastic board.

    "Alright," he says, staring intently at the pile of dead mosquitoes in front of him. "Let's see what we've got."

    Kolsen pulls a magnifying lamp over the tiny corpses to take a closer look. He sees hundreds of them, some with spotted wings, some with black-and-white striped legs. The ones he's looking for have silver-white scales on their backs that look like miniature violins....

    Hillsborough County mosquito control technician Daryl Flowers checks his equipment before driving through neighborhoods of the Summerfield subdivision in Riverview. [Luis Santana | Times]
  9. Grants turn profits from Bayfront hospital sale into projects that encourage healthy living

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — The foundation created by the sale of Bayfront Medical Center carried out its first major charitable act Thursday, awarding $4 million in grants to community groups working to improve public health.

    The 19 recipients included the Pinellas County School District, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Mount Zion Human Services, and the USF Research Foundation.

    "This gives us stable financial footing to do work in the community that will produce lasting change," said Susan McGrath of the Florida Consumer Action Network, which won $172,371 to develop a healthy transit initiative and promote healthy lifestyles....

    The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg was created in 2013 when the not-for-profit Bayfront Medical Center was sold to a for-profit hospital chain. [Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times]
  10. The judgy world of online ratings comes to the doctor's office

    Medicine

    You can award 5-star ratings to restaurants, hotels, even your Uber driver.

    But the surgeon who fixed your knee?

    Yes, rating your health care provider online is a thing. And if the online review site Yelp is any indication, the practice is becoming more popular in the Tampa Bay area.

    Thousands of people have used the site to evaluate local doctors and hospitals. The reviews, which cover everything from bedside manner to office decor, aren't always pretty....

    Dr. David Lubin once confronted a patient about a review.
  11. Orlando shooting showcased the benefits of a Level 1 trauma center

    Health

    TAMPA — The men and women who suffered injuries when bullets cut through an Orlando nightclub early last Sunday had one thing break their way.

    They weren't far from help.

    The club where gunman Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 people, stood just blocks from one of Florida's 10 Level 1 trauma centers, each poised to respond with an all-out, life-saving blitz of staff, expertise and equipment. The centers are also the subject of a major health policy debate over how many of them Florida needs and how that should be decided....

    The trauma team at Tampa General Hospital receives a trauma patient from emergency medical personnel in 2014. [John Pendygraft, Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Heavily represented among the Pulse victims, Orlando's growing Hispanic community assesses the damage

    Human Interest

    ORLANDO — Hours after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when the names of victims started to trickle out on the news and social media, one thing struck the Rev. Gabriel Salguero.

    Nearly all were Hispanic.

    "It wasn't lost on me that it was Latin night at Pulse," Salguero said, naming the Orlando nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire on hundreds of people before he was killed by police....

    Ricardo Cartagena kneels near flowers, cards and other items left as memorials for victims of the Pulse mass shooting. It was Latin night when the killer struck, and many victims were Hispanic.
  13. 'This is not a drill:' Doctors tell how a quiet night in their Orlando trauma center suddenly turned ghastly

    Human Interest

    ORLANDO — The waiting room was empty.

    Unusual for the overnight shift, Dr. Kathryn Bondani thought as she walked across the emergency room floor at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

    It was just before 2 a.m Sunday and relatively few cases had come through the doors. Bondani had started her shift at 11 p.m., and was scheduled to work through the morning with five physician trainees. The senior physician, Dr. Gary Parrish, planned to go home in an hour....

    Dr. Michael Cheatham, second from right, is flanked by other doctors during a news conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Orlando. Several doctors and Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor Angel Colon spoke to members of the media Tuesday. [CHRIS URSO  |   Special to the Times]

  14. Poe: The LGBT community can move the needle on gun laws

    Blog

    Democratic congressional candidate and former state Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe attended the vigil in Orlando late Monday to remember the 50 people killed in a massacre in a gay night club.

    "It’s hard to wrap my mind around it," Poe said. "You never think that something like this would happen in Orlando. It’s unimaginable."

    Last week, Poe announced he is HIV-positive. He said he hoped to bring awareness to those living with the illness....

  15. Grief and long waits for families of Orlando shooting victims

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — They held hands and draped arms around each other's shoulders as they approached the imposing brick building.

    Their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, best friends and dancing partners were among the few dozen still missing after the terrorist attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub where a rifle-wielding man had turned a raucous night out into a massacre Sunday.

    Complete coverage: All of our reporting on the Orlando shootings on one page...

    Jose Hernandez, in gray, holds hands with his friend Victor Bayez as they grieve the loss of close friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores at a vigil held Monday in front of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Honored were those killed in the mass shooting that left 50 dead and many more wounded at an Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday morning. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]