UF Health, Mayo to do stroke care training
UF Health Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic, whose stroke centers were among the first 50 Joint Commission-certified stroke centers in the nation, will begin conducting quarterly training sessions in stroke care for first responders and emergency personnel.
The hospitals will use their state-of-the-art simulation centers to offer hands-on training to emergency personnel from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The simulators can even talk, giving emergency personnel a chance to test their knowledge in the most realistic way possible without involving an actual patient.
Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of an acquired physical disability. The Centers for Disease Control estimates stroke costs the United States approximately $36.5 billion annually.
The first training session will be July 21 at Mayo Clinic. The second will be in October at UF Health Jacksonville. They will rotate between the two campuses quarterly.
The sessions are free for all EMS teams in Florida and Georgia. To register, contact Lesia Mooney, Mayo stroke coordinator, at (904) 953-7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wayne Hodges, UF Health Jacksonville stroke outreach educator, at (904) 244-9098 or email@example.com.
to do school physicals
Florida Department of Health in Duval County has launched its “Go to the Head of the Class: Back-to-School Immunizations and Physicals” campaign to assist parents and families in preparing for the school year. It is important that all students have their required immunizations and up-to-date physical examination forms.
DOH-Duval Immunizations Center, 5220 N. Pearl St., is offering walk-in services for all required school immunizations from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, except on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month when the center closes at noon.
For those parents and families in need of school physicals, walk-in services are also available from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday through Aug. 21. There is a charge of $30 per exam. The center does not do sports physicals.
For more information on vaccinations go to the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Immunization’s website www.immunizeflorida.com or call DOH Duval at (904) 253-1420. To schedule an appointment, call (904) 253-1130.
Memorial opens new emergency center
Memorial Hospital’s new Memorial Emergency Center-Atlantic, 11850 Atlantic Blvd., is now open to patients. The 9,960-square-foot, 10-bed emergency center is a full-service ER complete with advanced imaging and lab services. It is staffed round the clock by trained emergency physicians.
The Memorial Emergency Center-Atlantic is Memorial Hospital’s second free-standing ER. The Memorial Emergency Center-Julington Creek opened in October 2012.
Mayo breast cancer expert in U.S. top 10
Expertscape, a medical search website which helps health care consumers find medical experts, has named Edith Perez one of the 10 top experts in the world on breast cancer. Perez is the deputy director at large for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville. She also serves as chair of the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program and the Breast Cancer Specialty Council.