Rui Fernandes, an associate professor and associate chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, has been inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the oldest and largest royal college in the United Kingdom and one of the world’s oldest surgical organizations. He is the third surgeon out of more than 10,000 in his specialty in the United States to receive the honor.


Fernandes joined the UF College of Medicine–Jacksonville in 2005. He is chief of head and neck surgery and director of the head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular fellowship program. He is also co-director of the UF Health Skull Base Center–Jacksonville, which treats patients with skull base tumors, brain tumors and related conditions.


Flagler Hospital and First Coast Health Alliance have partnered with Alivia Care to care for patients with advanced illnesses. Flagler Advanced Care Services provides home-based care coordination with a central focus on the patient’s own goals. The goal is to ensure that patients with advanced illnesses receive comprehensive, high quality, personalized care that is consistent with their goals and values while honoring their dignity and quality of life.

Patients move from receiving around-the-clock care in the hospital to being at home and ultimately responsible for their own care with the support of their caregiver. Complex cases of advanced illness typically involve multiple physicians, medicine management, medical protocols. Under the Flagler Advanced Care Services program, the Alivia Care interdisciplinary team offers in person and telephone support and symptom management.

This is the first collaborative effort in Northeast Florida between a hospital and insurance company for a new care model. If the patient meets the eligibility criteria, there is no out–of-pocket cost for services or support.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Friday for Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Stephen R. Chapman Family Community Campus in St. Augustine. This new campus will be the focal point for all Community Hospice & Palliative Care services offered outside of the acute-care setting of its Bailey Family Center for Caring at Flagler Hospital.

The 16,550-square-foot campus, to be constructed on U.S. 1, will encompass a conference and education center, corporate and clinical offices for the organization’s St. Augustine-based team and a resale store. The anticipated opening for the campus will be early 2019. For more information, visit ChapmanCampus.CommunityHospice.