Neurologist Thomas Brott, a professor of neurosciences on Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition rewards distinguished lifetime scientific achievement in the field of cardiovascular research.
Brott’s wide-reaching research has focused on various aspects of the treatment of stroke. The American Heart Association gave the honor to Brott “for his pivotal role in the development of lifesaving interventions that have revolutionized treatment of acute ischemic stroke, with enormous consequent benefits dramatically reducing stroke death and disability in the world’s population.”
Brott was a leading investigator in the early studies that identified tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) as an effective treatment for acute ischemic stroke. He played a key role in designing the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, a quantitative rating still used in hospitals and clinics worldwide to measure neurologic deficits in stroke patients. In recent years,
Brott has served as principal investigator for major multi-institutional clinical studies, comparing two major treatments for stroke. He developed and led the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial (known as CREST), which followed patients at more than 100 medical centers throughout treatment and for 10 years afterward.
Urgent care clinic opens
CareNow Urgent Care opened its first Jacksonville clinic at The Strand, 4888 Town Center Parkway, Suite 107. The clinic will be open seven days a week, and hours will extend into the evening. CareNow Urgent Care is affiliated with Memorial Hospital.
CareNow physicians and other care professionals will provide urgent care as well as physicals, vaccinations, and general diagnostic and treatment services. The clinics will have X-ray and lab services on site. CareNow clinics also provide occupational medicine services to local employers.
Planned Parenthood affiliates start hurricane fund
Planned Parenthood affiliates in Florida have started a Hurricane Emergency Fund which will provide certain services to qualified individuals who faced a hardship from Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria at 21 Planned Parenthood health centers across the state, including the Jacksonville Health Center, 5978 Powers Ave. Patients who qualify will receive no cost acute office visits, including testing and treatment for infections; and birth control including emergency contraception.
People can make an appointment online by going to ppsenfl.org or by calling 1 (800) 230-7526. Eligibility for discounts will be determined when patients arrive at the health center.
Children in need to get eye exams, glasses
Next Tuesday, Visionworks, which has several stores in Northeast Florida, will give away 15,000 eye exams and glasses to children in need through its Let’s Go See initiative. If a child between the ages of 5 and 18 can’t afford an eye exam and glasses, doesn’t have insurance or Medicaid, the child can be nominated for a free voucher through the Let’s Go See website, www.letsgosee.net/help/.
White Coat Ceremony for new students set
The University of North Florida School of Nursing held a White Coat Ceremony for new students on Monday in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Theater, its first such ceremony. The School of Nursing was one of 50 schools across the country to receive funding this fall to host White Coat Ceremonies. Launched in 2013, the collaboration between the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing has enabled 260 schools of nursing in 48 states to offer ceremonies designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care.