Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOUR CHEERS; Distinguished Docs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOUR CHEERS; Distinguished Docs

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Two Jacksonville physicians have been chosen for Certificates of Merit, described in a news release as the highest award given by the Florida Medical Association.

They are Charles B. McIntosh and Robert C. Nuss.

Fifty years ago, McIntosh became the first African-American with a private pediatric practice here - and only the second in the state.

In addition to serving as chairman of the FMA's Committee on Indigent Care, McIntosh was a founding member of the Florida Sickle Cell Foundation, a group that he later served as president.

Four years ago, the Shands Pediatric Sickle Cell Diseases Center was named after him - and, in 2003, he became a founding trustee of Volunteers in Medicine, a free health clinic.

Nuss, who retired from the Navy with the rank of rear admiral, is dean of the regional campus of the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, the release says.

He also is associate vice president for health affairs at UF Health Science Center here - and board chairman of UF Jacksonville Healthcare Inc.

McIntosh and Nuss have very distinguished records. The honors are well deserved - and they're another timely reminder that the quality of health care here is second to none.


The city's new animal care facility is good for taxpayers and good for the environment.

In fact, it's LEED gold certified. That means it meets national standards under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental rating system.

The facility, according to a fact sheet supplied by contractors Auld & White, will use 32 percent less power and 52 percent less water than a traditional building. Also, 82 percent of the construction waste was recycled.

Among other things, the building uses a reflective roof, low-energy light bulbs, skylights, waterless urinals and tankless water heaters.

The city has not always been known for its energy consciousness. City Hall, for example, has a huge atrium that contributes to $1,000-a-day electric bills. …

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