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....
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....
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....
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. ...
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. ...
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....
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....
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....
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....
Heavily represented among the Pulse victims, Orlando's growing Hispanic community assesses the damage06/16/16 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....
'This is not a drill:' Doctors tell how a quiet night in their Orlando trauma center suddenly turned ghastly06/14/16 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....
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....
06/13/16 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.
ORLANDO — Eddie Sotomayor was among the first names released Sunday of at least 50 killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the deadliest massacre in U.S. history.
A charismatic national brand manager for gay travel company Al and Chuck Travel, Sotomayor lived in Sarasota and was a University of South Florida graduate.
Sotomayor was a trailblazer, according to his boss and the company's owner, Al Ferguson. ...
Gov. Rick Scott met with Hillsborough County health officials Thursday to discuss Zika preparedness.
Newly appointed state Surgeon General Celeste Philip and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera also attended the meeting.
Scott has spent the last several weeks raising concerns about the mosquito-borne virus, which is spreading across South and Central America and the Caribbean. The Republican governor recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for more than 5,000 Zika preparedness kits, spraying equipment and mosquito traps, as well as funding for more city and county mosquito control workers and an expanded outreach program....