Women’s Care Florida, an independent OB-GYN practice in Central Florida, is opening a new office in Lake Nona Village Place in response to Orlando’s population growth, it said in a news release.
Practitioners at Women’s Care Florida and its groups — Delaney OB-GYN, OB&GYN Specialists, and Winter Park OB-GYN — will rotate through the new 12-exam-room facility, which has started accepting patients.
The state health-care agency is suspending the license of Brightstar of Lake County, a home health agency in Leesburg, effective May 1.
Brightstar, which is an independently owned and operated franchise of national home care and medical staffing company Brightstar Care, had “systemic deficiencies related to the provision of skilled services for patients,” the Agency for Health Care Administration wrote in its emergency suspension order.
In February, the state ordered Brightstar to safely discharge and transfer its patients and placed a moratorium on admission of new patients because of deficient practices such as providing skilled nursing services to patients without physician orders.
A follow-up visit in April revealed that Brightstar hadn’t met the state requirements and was continuing to provide care to five patients, two of whom didn’t have a doctor’s order for skilled nursing care.
The home health agency should post the suspension order in a place visible to the public and should stop operations after 5 p.m. on May 1, according to the state order.
Florida Department of Health is alerting residents about medical marijuana scams, where businesses are advertising free or reduced-cost access to medical marijuana, and sometimes say they are the “Office of Compassionate Use,” to collect credit-card information.
The health department’s Office of Compassionate Use is the only entity that issues identification cards — and no third party is authorized to process applications. Report scams to 800-435-7352. Report fraud to 866-966-7226.
West Orange Healthcare District awarded nonprofit groups Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center and Epilepsy Association of Central Florida a total of $40,000 to continue improving health care in the area.
Shepherd’s Hope, a nonprofit that provides medical care to the uninsured in Central Florida, raised nearly $500,000 at its annual fundraiser in April.
Daniel Downer, an early intervention specialist at Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, is among 10 nonprofit leaders from across the nation to be accepted to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s HIV 360 Fellowship Program. The program trains the fellows in various skills to help them become better leaders in their communities.
Colleen Gonzalez, founder of GROW Central Florida, received $20,000 from the Florida Blue Foundation during Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards. Hebni Nutrition Consultants’ Fresh Stop Bus received $10,000.
Source: Orlando Sentinel