Christopher O'Donnell - Health and Medicine Reporter

Health and Medicine Reporter

I’m a political junkie and I love literature so this job fits like a glove. But journalism wasn’t my first career. I was born and grew up in England and programmed computers for a living. I switched to reporting when I moved to Florida in 2001. I got my first break at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune after earning a journalism degree from the University of South Florida. I joined the Tampa Bay Times in 2016 after a three-year stint at the Tampa Tribune, where I covered city halls on both sides of Tampa Bay. When I’m not shouting at cable news, I love watching real football from England (alright, soccer) and riding my road bike on trails.

  1. Moffitt Cancer Center wants to build an out-patient cancer treatment center at this site on First Avenue S in downtown St. Petersburg. The city is considering the proposal.
  2. Meridian Apartments en N 50th St. en Tampa es uno de los aproximadamente 100 complejos de apartamentos que participaron en el programa de viviendas múltiples y libres de delitos del Departamento de Policía de Tampa.
  3. Meridian Apartments on N 50th St. in Tampa is one of about 100 apartment complexes that participated in Tampa Police Department's Crime-Free Multi Housing program. Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office have ended their crime-free programs.
  4. Medical personnel wait to conduct COVID-19 testing in Miami on Sept. 1
  5. Amanda Hall, de 42 años, camina con la ayuda de un andador en la casa de sus padres en Lake Hamilton. Tiene síndrome de Down y se enfermó de COVID-19. Tuvo que aprender a recuperarse después de pasar meses en camas de hospital.
  6. Amanda Hall, 42, stands with the help of a walker in her Lake Hamilton home. She has Down syndrome, then suffered severe symptoms from COVID-19 in December. It took her months to get back on her feet. "I believe one day she'll put the walker aside and walk again," said her father Walt Hall.
  7. Residents and staff at the Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences in Boca Raton received booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine and this stick on Sept. 17.
  8. Marcia Myers, 90, receives a booster shot in Boca Raton on Sept. 17.
  9. Meridian Apartments on N 50th St. in Tampa is one of about 100 apartment complexes that participated in Tampa Police Department's Crime-Free Multi Housing program.
  10. Dr. Sharona Ross, a general surgeon, explains the new features of a robotic surgery operating room at the new Taneja Center for Surgery at AdventHealth. The new six-story, $256 million facility on E Fletcher Avenue will offer state-of-the-art facilities primed for robotic surgery.
  11. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on Saturday announced reforms to a Tampa Police Department program that reported the arrest of tenants to landlords and encouraged them to evict. It comes after a Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed that entire families lost their homes even in cases when charges were dropped.
  12. Wenderson Cerisene, 7, right, and his sister Dorah, 9, wait to get tested for COVID-19 on Aug. 31, 2021 in North Miami as Florida schools saw a rise in cases forcing of students and teachers to quarantine. Florida has now surpassed 51,000 COVID-related deaths.
  13. Work is close to completion at the new four-story Bilheimer Tower at the Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor. The $156-million expansion and renovation project creates a more connected hospital campus adding roughly 100 private patient beds, a four-story parking garage and an an elevated pedestrian walkway.
  14. A sign at Meridian Apartments on N 50th Street in Tampa advertises its participation in Tampa's Crime-Free Multi Housing program. It was one of about 100 apartment complexes enrolled in the Tampa Police Department program.
  15. Frontline workers at AdventHealth caring for sick patients in one of their COVID units.
  16. BayCare Health System operates a number of hospitals in Tampa Bay.
  17. Surgeons operating at Tampa General Hospital.  Local hospitals have suspended many elective surgeries as they deal with an influx of mostly unvaccinated COVID patients. The result is that thousands of patients are waiting for needed treatment.
  18. Florida added 129,240 new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, the lowest weekly case rate in more than a month. but deaths remain high, new weekly state data shows.
  19. A sign acknowledging health care workers as “heroes” remains on display in front of Mease Dunedin Hospital. Thousands of Tampa Bay hospital employees remain vaccinated for COVID-19 despite the current surge and hospital chains have opted not to mandate vaccinations.
  20. Tiffany Scurlock, manager of emergency services at AdventHealth North Pinellas, organizes critical care carts at the hospital’s new expanded emergency department’s trauma resuscitation room. The new ER is scheduled to open Tuesday.
  21. Overflow beds at Halifax Health ER in Daytona Beach sit at the ready for COVID-19 patients on Aug. 13.
  22. Kenny Butler, 30, braces himself to receive the Pfizer vaccine during a July 30 community outreach event and vaccination drive hosted by Not My Son and Today’s Church in St. Petersburg. U.S. health officials says everyone who has received the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should get a booster shot eight months after their second dose to keep their immunity up.