Justine Griffin, Medical Reporter

Justine Griffin

Medical Reporter

I cover health and medicine for the Tampa Bay Times. That could be anything related to your health, from the evolution of health insurance to medical marijuana. I'm a native Floridian who grew up in Pasco County. Prior to covering health care, I was a business reporter writing about retail, tourism and other consumer topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I worked for the St. Augustine Record, the Sun Sentinel and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where I gained national attention for my retail coverage and for a long-form article I wrote about my experience as an egg donor. I'm a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!), where I studied journalism. I'm also an equestrian. My horse's name is Mikey.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg hires new CEO

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will be getting a new CEO next week. Sharon Hayes will take the helm after previously serving as CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. She also was CEO of Palms of Pasadena and Edward White hospitals in Pinellas County. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
Sharon Hayes, who formerly led Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Palms of Pasadena Hospital and others, will take over after the previous CEO resigned suddenly.

At Tampa General Hospital, 3-D printers are removing guesswork for doctors and patients

Summer Decker holds a 3-D print of a heart at USF Health in Tampa. The print revealed that there were more holes in the organ than surgeons realized. The discovery led doctors to reduce complications by changing the procedure. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
The technology is being used far more often in medicine, which means it could start showing up on hospital bills.

Florida ranks 43rd in access to mental health care. A new group in Tampa Bay wants to change that.

One in six people in Tampa Bay suffer from depression, and one in 12 struggle with substance abuse, according to the BayCare health care system. Suicide attempts and overdoses are up, causing a shortage of mental health providers. A coalition of hospitals and other groups wants to fix the problem. [TIMES (2004)]
Leaders from hospitals, businesses, law enforcement, government and education have formed a coalition to improve mental health care. One idea: “behavioral health urgent care.”

Flesh-eating bacteria in Florida waters: Three things you need to know.

Lynn Fleming, 77, of Ellenton died after contracting flesh-eating bacteria two weeks after cutting her leg in the waters off Anna Maria Island, her family says. [Photo from video/NBC News]
“Necrotizing fasciitis" is an infection caused by bacteria that stops blood circulation, causing tissue to die and skin to decay. The infection is somewhat rare, but doctors urge caution.

USF medical school reckons with $1.7 million cut in state spending

Preliminary drawings of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute for downtown Tampa. [University of South Florida]
Despite receiving $12.4 million in a final round of funding for the construction of its medical school building, USF officials were surprised by a $1.7 million veto for operational costs.