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.

Moffitt to open outpatient cancer center at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

The Moffitt Cancer Center is partnering with AdventHealth to open up a 28,000-square-foot outpatient cancer center in Wesley Chapel. The new building is show in a rendering on the right side of the hospital. It is scheduled to open in late 2020. [Photo courtesy of AdventHealth]
The Moffitt Cancer Center is partnering with AdventHealth Wesley Chapel to open a 28,000-square-foot facility at the hospital to treat cancer patients in Pasco County.

Thousands of Florida children have no health insurance. A new infusion of money aims to help.

Robyn Matthews, left, watches as her husband, Kyle Matthews, removes socks from the feet of their son, Charley, at their home in Tampa in 2016. Charley, now 9, has cerebral palsy and is covered under the “full-pay” health insurance plan offered by Florida Healthy Kids. Starting Jan. 1, the plan will become more affordable thanks to a new wave of federal and state funding. “This plan will lower the out-of-pocket costs by the thousands for each family,” Kyle Matthews said. [Times (2016)]
State and federal funding restores affordable coverage for middle-income Florida families who have kids in need of expensive health care but incomes that don’t qualify for subsidized plans.

Hepatitis A explained: What you should — and shouldn't — worry about while dining out

Practicing proper hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly before preparing or eating food, is a good way to protect against hepatitis A, which is on the rise in Florida and is especially prevalent in the Tampa Bay area. [Shutterstock]
The Tampa Bay area is a hot spot for hepatitis A infections, which are on the rise across Florida. But only a handful of cases are from food service workers.

Two cases of ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria revive concerns among Tampa Bay area doctors

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The rare infections appear to come from the same strain of bacteria that causes strep throat. Two men contracted it recently while enjoying the area’s warm waters.

How is it going at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg? City officials have questions.

Recent developments at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, including the sudden departure of two top executives, have prompted city officials to ask questions. The hospital, which sits on public land, is due to give its annual report at City Hall in early June. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
After a leadership shake-up and the demise of the hospital’s partnership with the University of South Florida, some at City Hall want more information.