Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Five Local Hospitals Get A Safety Grades

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Five Local Hospitals Get A Safety Grades

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Byline: Charlie Patton

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, the Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside, St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside and St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County all received A grades in the latest survey by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit created by large employers and other purchasers of health insurance that issues annual safety reports.

Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center Beaches and Baptist Medical Center Nassau all received B grades. Memorial Hospital, Orange Park Medical Center and the Southeast Georgia Health System's Camden Campus received C grades. UF Health Jacksonville got a D grade.

Of the 2,632 hospitals receiving grades in this year's survey, 832 earned an A, 662 a B, 964 a C, 159 a D and 15 an F.

MAYO TEAM TO STUDY DEMENTIA

Researchers have long known that genetics play a role in causing the dementia of Alzheimer's disease, but genes, it turns out, are only part of the story. What's come to light over the last several years is the incredible complexity of the disease, which involves not only genetic factors but also the vasculature of the brain.

A team of researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has received a grant of $3.5 million from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health to better understand the interconnected genetic and vascular pathways involved in Alzheimer's. The grant follows a previous grant of $5.8 million.

Both grants went to a team led by co-principal investigators Guojun Bu, the Mary Lowell Leary professor of medicine and a professor of neuroscience, and Nil'fer Ertekin-Taner, professor of neurology and professor of neuroscience.

Studies from the first grant laid the groundwork by establishing large-scale data sets of Alzheimer's genomics, intended to increase the amount of information available and open up some new avenues of research. The latest grant aims to accelerate the path to developing treatments for the disease and novel biomarkers for diagnosis.

BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER NASSAU HONORS

The Florida Hospital Association has awarded Baptist Medical Center the Community Benefit Achievement Award for hospitals under 150 beds for 2017. The honor was presented to Baptist Medical Center Nassau for its support of Barnabas Center, a safety net provider for lower-income individuals and families in Nassau County.

In 2005, when Barnabas Center began providing basic health services, caregivers from Baptist Nassau, a 62-bed community hospital, began seeing patients every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

A large majority of the patients who were seen at the free, walk-up clinic were suffering from chronic diseases and needed a comprehensive medical home.

In 2014, Barnabas expanded its health services to offer primary medical care and chronic disease management to low-income or uninsured adults five days a week. …

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