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Megan Reeves - Health and Medicine Reporter

Health and Medicine Reporter

I write about policy and developments in health and medicine, and how they affect providers and patients in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and likely will never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. I started my career covering local governments in north Pinellas County, then moved to reporting on education. Thrifting is my favorite thing to do, and I spend a lot of time working with a local cat rescue. You can often find me in my hammock at Lassing Park, or sipping earl grey at Black Crow in the Grand Central district. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

  1. Paint is seen splattered on a sidewalk at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Seven people protesting police brutality were arrested there a day earlier on criminal mischief charges. [MEGAN REEVES | Times]
  2. The entrance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where a baby's body was lost earlier this year and has not been found, according to a lawsuit. [Google Maps]
  3. Students wearing masks take their seats in this image from a Pinellas County Schools video showing how classrooms could look when K-12 campuses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Experts say parents should talk honestly to their children about difficulties they may face when returning to school this year. [Pinellas County Schools]
  4. This image from a Pinellas County Schools video shows socially distanced desks in preparation for the 2020-21 school year. [Pinellas County Schools]
  5. St. Joseph's Hospital on Van Dyke Road in Lutz is one of the BayCare hospitals that will resume elective procedures. [Times (2012)]
  6. Arshiya Patel, who attends the University of South Florida, is one of about 400 public health students helping the state fight the coronavirus with contact tracing. “I really jumped in at a very crucial time, and I was ready to go,” she said. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  7. Tampa General Hospital was one of more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide considered in this year's rankings by U.S. News & World Report. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  8. Gabriel Martin was arrested on charges of kidnapping, burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery and violation of probation, which he was on for alleged possession of MDMA and armed burglary in Manatee County. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  9. Boaters on Thursday pass Tampa General Hospital, where the number of coronavirus patients has increased dramatically since the spring. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  10. Nurses for HCA Healthcare set up a clothesline of "assignment despite objection" complaints filed at three Pinellas County hospitals in recent months. They allege inadequate staffing and supplies at St. Petersburg General Hospital, Northside Hospital and Largo Medical Center. [MEGAN REEVES  |  Times]
  11. An aerial view of Tampa General Hospital, which is joining with the University of South Florida and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital to expand pediatric surgery services. [Times (2007)]
  12. Hospitals in Pinellas County are filling up as coronavirus cases spike in Florida. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times (2016)]
  13. Javonnie Jackson, 9, left, sits with his grandmother Zoraida Rullan, 69, watching fireworks explode over Nathan Benderson Park on Friday, July 3, 2020 in Sarasota. The pair were reunited after nearly five months of separation due to the coronavirus.  [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  14. A Tampa police officer attempts to detain a protester as officers break up a march blocking traffic on N Dale Mabry Highway on Saturday. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  15. Pinellas County hospitals within the BayCare Health System and HCA Healthcare System will pause non-urgent surgeries to make room for coronavirus patients. [CHRIS URSO | Times] [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  16. A Sunstar Ambulance turns the corner for Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday in Safety Harbor. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  17. Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, right, speaks during a news conference Monday, June 15, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Warren announced his decision not to prosecute dozens of protesters arrested on charges of unlawful assembly during a Black Lives Matter march on June 2. Looking on is visionary leader Bishop Thomas Scott. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  18. Sunstar Ambulance employees move a patient to the emergency entrance at Mease Countryside Hospital Wednesday. Tampa Bay could possibly be back on the brink of a possible surge in hospitalizations related to the coronavirus. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  19. BayFront Health St. Pete hospital at 701 6th St. South on Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  20. Local artists collaborate on painting a Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Woodson Museum executive director, Terri Lipsey-Scott contacted St. Petersburg City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman with the idea who in turn contacted Wayne Atherholt with the city's Cultural Affairs department who also liked the idea. Atherholt contact John Collins with the St Pete Artist Alliance which runs the Shine Mural project and got his team working to find artists willing to participate. 16 artists are responsible for painting 1 letter each of the phrase.  The mural will be ready when the city of St Pete kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  21. Jennifer Garrett, 29, watches her 4-year-old son, Boaz, as protesters gather across the street from City Hall on June 11 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  22. Tampa General Hospital. [Times (2007)]
  23. BayCare hospitals like St. Anthony's in St. Petersburg have scrapped plans to relax visiting rules after recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases. Others are easing rules while still remaining wary of the virus. [Times (2012)]