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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. Under congressional pressure, Florida officials elaborate on drop in HIV cases

    State Roundup

    After weeks of not answering questions on controversial revisions to the state HIV count, the Florida Department of Health has released more detailed information on the state's calculations.

    In a list of frequently asked questions posted Friday to the Department of Health's website, officials said they send information about all new HIV cases to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC then identifies cases that may have been counted in more than one state and asks those health departments to decide where the case was first diagnosed....

  2. After a patient dies, guardians say care at Pinellas Park's GraceWood nursing home is lacking

    Nursing Homes

    As investigators probe potential abuse at a Pinellas Park nursing home, some guardians are speaking out about what they say is substandard care at the facility.

    Fernando Gutierrez, the guardian of a 65-year-old man who died Saturday after spending hours in the sun, said Monday he plans to remove his other 10 clients from GraceWood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care.

    "In good conscience, I cannot leave them there," Gutierrez said Monday....

  3. As Bayfront Health St. Petersburg steadies its finances, charity care takes a hit

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Behind the thick wooden doors of the operating suite at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, surgeons use a new $2 million robot to perform precise movements inside a patient.

    Look around and there is more: special lighting, new anesthesia machines, new instruments — just a few of the upgrades totaling $60 million that have been made throughout the hospital over the last three years....

    Bayfront Health St. Petersburg CEO Kathryn Gillette says the hospital has not changed its policy on charity care.
  4. Members of Congress demand answers from Gov. Rick Scott on revised HIV numbers

    Health

    Eleven members of Florida's Congressional Delegation are pressing Gov. Rick Scott to explain how the state changed its count of new HIV cases amid a controversy over the numbers.

    The members, a mix of Democrats and Republicans representing districts from North Florida to the Keys, sent Scott a letter Thursday demanding to know why the state health department revised the number of new infections reported in 2014 from 6,147 to 4,613....

    Tyrone Singletary squeezes Timothy Paul Davis' finger while administering an HIV test on World AIDS day on Dec. 1, 2015 in St. Petersburg. The number of new HIV cases has become an issue in Florida, where members of Congress on Thursday demanded that Gov. Rick Scott explain the sudden and large revisions to the state's HIV statistics earlier this year. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  5. Local experts tout anti­mosquito measures as warmer weather heightens the threat of Zika

    Health

    TAMPA — With the warm and wet summer months fast approaching, officials said Tuesday that Tampa Bay area residents can — and should — take steps to prevent getting Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that has quickly become a major international health concern.

    Their primary focus: women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant this summer. U.S. Health Department officials confirmed this month that Zika can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by an unusually small head size....

    It’s advised to empty and turn over containers such as unused flowerpots. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times] 
  6. Surprise discovery of brain tumor ends in relief, recovery for 15-year-old Valrico girl

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — For Ashlee Gordon, the double vision came and went.

    Her doctors had different theories over the years. One thought it was an eye problem. Another suggested it was allergies. Another still said Ashlee was perfectly fine.

    But when the 15-year-old from Valrico started seeing black spots, her mother decided to get to the bottom of it.

    Last Thursday, mother and daughter went to an optometrist at Brandon Town Center Mall. Dr. Sylvia Bernatsky performed the usual battery of eye exams; everything seemed normal....

    Ashlee Gordon, 15, her sense of humor intact, recovers with protective glasses at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
  7. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor calls for federal review of Florida's shifting HIV statistics

    Health

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is calling for a federal investigation into the "dramatic" changes made to Florida's HIV statistics.

    Earlier this year, the state department of health changed the number of new HIV cases reported in 2014 from 6,147 to 4,613. State health officials said the 25 percent adjustment was routine.

    But the revision was significantly larger than any revision made in recent years, a Tampa Bay Times analysis found. What's more, it was made as state lawmakers grilled Florida's top health official over a reported spike in new HIV infections....

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speak at a 2014 press conference at the University of South Florida. Castor wrote Burwell on Tuesday, asking for a federal investigation into Florida's adjustements to its HIV statistics. [Skip O'Rourke, Tampa Bay Times]
  8. Kathy Castor calls for federal review on shifting Florida HIV stats

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is calling for a federal investigation into Florida's recently adjusted HIV statistics.

    Earlier this year, state health officials revised the number of new HIV cases reported in 2014 from 6,147 to 4,613, removing about 25 percent of new infections from the books....

  9. Five years in, All Children's and Johns Hopkins say their hospital marriage is solid

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — In joining forces with the internationally known Johns Hopkins Health System five years ago, All Children's Hospital hoped to catapult itself into the top tier of pediatric hospitals.

    In many ways, it succeeded.

    All Children's has a new medical residency program that recently attracted 1,400 applicants for 12 slots. It draws experienced physicians from top hospitals such as Boston Children's. And it has broken ground on an $85 million research and education facility....

    Charles Dodd, 16, shown with his mother, Amy Szucs, is in a research study at All Children’s Hosp?i?tal, which has increased those efforts since joining Johns Hopkins Health Systems in 2011.
  10. Experts say research shows promise for a breast cancer vaccine

    Medicine

    There are vaccines to help the body fight off measles, mumps and the flu.

    But breast cancer?

    That's exactly the technology a Florida-based company is hoping to bring to the market in the not-so-distant future.

    The company, TapImmune Inc., is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to test two vaccines that could help the body fend off certain types of breast, ovarian and lung cancers. Mayo plans to launch a 280-patient clinical trial on one of the vaccines this summer....

    Dr. Hatem Soliman
  11. Criticized for HIV spike, Florida takes hundreds of cases off the books

    Health

    State lawmakers blasted the state surgeon general in January for cutting staff and spending at a time when new HIV cases were spiking in Florida.

    A month later, the Florida Department of Health quietly revised its figures.

    The department's division of disease control lowered the number of new HIV cases logged in 2014 from 6,147 to 4,613 — erasing one in four new infections from the rolls that year, state records show....

    Sen. Oscar Braynon says the AIDS cases were a huge concern.
  12. All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine to become Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is changing its name.

    Starting next month, the 259-bed medical and research center will be known as Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, CEO Dr. Jonathan Ellen told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.

    "The purpose of that is to take what is a leading brand in health care and use it to signal that All Children's Hospital is providing — and is committed to providing — the highest quality care and the safest care for children in the region, in the state and in the country," Ellen said....

    All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine becomes Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
  13. Study: Zika could spread to Tampa Bay, other Florida cities

    News

    The Tampa Bay area is one of nine in the U.S. that could see large numbers of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — the kind that carries Zika virus — come July, according to a recent study in the journal PLOS Currents: Outbreaks.

    The study , which used climate data from 50 major cities to simulate the abundance of mosquitoes, found the insect could thrive as far north as New York and Philadelphia in July, August and September....

    The Tampa Bay region's warm and wet summers put it at high risk for the spread of the Zika virus, a new study finds. [AP]
  14. For USF medical students, Match Day brings relief, tears and a big surprise

    Medicine

    TAMPA — Ansley Brown, a fourth-year medical student at the University of South Florida, was expecting a big surprise on Match Day, when soon-to-be doctors learn where they will continue their training as residents.

    She wasn't expecting two.

    After she and her boyfriend, fellow graduating medical student Matthew Wollenschlaeger, took the stage Friday to learn where they would be residents, Wollenschlaeger got down on one knee....

    Matthew Wollenschlaeger surprises Ansley Brown with a marriage proposal Friday during Match Day for USF medical students.
  15. Numbers show link between drug company payments and how doctors write prescriptions

    Medicine

    A larger share of doctors in Florida have accepted freebies or payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies than in all but seven other states, according to a new analysis by ProPublica.

    The analysis looked at doctors in five common medical specialties who had 1,000 or more claims to Medicare in 2014. In Florida, 85 percent of them had received free meals or travel, gifts, or compensation for speaking or consulting....

    A new analysis by ProPublica found doctors who accepted payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies prescribed a higher percentage of brand-name drugs. [Associated Press]