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Monday, February 26, 2024



HCA Florida Ocala, West Marion Hospitals among nation’s Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital were recently recognized as being among the Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation.

Healthy aging class for seniors at Marion Oaks Community Center

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is inviting local seniors to attend a class next week that will promote healthy aging.

New freestanding emergency room opens in Ocala

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital's new 11,000-square-foot freestanding emergency room is now open.

HCA Florida Ocala, West Marion Hospitals earn top grades in 2024

Healthgrades has ranked HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital No. 1 in Florida for joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical care in 2024.

Ocala’s new freestanding emergency room opening soon

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 18 for its new 11,000-square-foot freestanding emergency room, which is expected to open in the coming weeks.

‘Brain Bus’ heading to Ocala

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will soon host the “Brain Bus” in an effort to educate the public on dementia-related illnesses.

Men sentenced for billing scheme that targeted Williston hospital

Two men from Miami were sentenced last week for their roles in a multi-state billing scheme that targeted several rural hospitals, including one in Williston.

Marion Senior Services executive director joins local health board

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners recently appointed the Executive Director of Marion Senior Services to serve as WellFlorida Council’s newest board member.

Two hospitals in Ocala receive national accreditation for cancer care

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital recently attained national accreditation for their commitment to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer.

Two Ocala hospitals awarded for excellence in lung cancer care

Two local hospitals, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, were recently recognized for their commitment to the highest standards in lung cancer care.

Nurse’s license revoked over stolen food stamps

A nurse in Ocala who was sentenced to 48 months of probation in 2020 after pleading nolo contendere to one count of welfare fraud, has had her license permanently revoked by the Florida Department of Health. 

Marion paramedic has license revoked after falsifying reports

A Marion County Fire Rescue paramedic who allegedly falsified dozens of incident reports over a two-year span has had his license revoked.

Marion County offering free breast cancer screenings this week

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Health in Marion County is partnering with county commissioners to provide free breast cancer screenings to women in the community on Thursday, October 19.

Ocala hospital to celebrate new freestanding emergency room with block party

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital will celebrate the grand opening of its newest freestanding emergency room, HCA Florida Silver Springs Emergency, with a block party on Friday, September 29.

Parents sue AdventHealth Ocala alleging ‘severe birth injuries’ during baby’s delivery

A couple that has filed a lawsuit against AdventHealth Ocala is alleging that the organization's medical staff was negligent in the delivery of their infant, causing "severe birth injuries."

City to host ‘Dancing Our Way to Health’ event in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host its inaugural “Dancing Our Way to Health” event later this month to raise awareness about the healthcare gaps that exist in Hispanic communities.

Five strangles cases reported in Marion County this year

A case of strangles was reported in Marion County in August, marking the fifth case of the upper-respiratory horse infection reported in 2023. 

Ocala library to host free weekly diabetes education classes

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will hold free weekly classes at the Freedom Public Library in Ocala to help diabetic and pre-diabetic participants better understand their condition and self-care options.

Marion doctor fined for not diagnosing baby’s brain tumor, causing irreversible damage

A Marion County doctor was fined $5,000 for not properly diagnosing a baby's growing head circumference over the course of several months as a brain tumor, leading to the baby experiencing "irreversible brain damage."

Ocala nurse who called patient ‘son of a bitch’ reprimanded, ordered to anger management

An Ocala nurse was reprimanded by the Florida Department of Health's Board of Nursing and must complete anger management classes for calling a patient a "son of a bitch" during an interaction at AdventHealth Ocala.

AdventHealth doctor fined after woman loses all four limbs to sepsis

An Ocala doctor who failed to give antibiotics to a patient suffering from sepsis was fined $5,000 and must complete continuing education after the woman required the amputation of all four of her limbs. 

Ocala doctor who aborted woman’s baby in 3rd trimester banned from abortions

An Ocala doctor has been prohibited from performing abortions after state health officials determined that he performed an abortion at AdventHealth Ocala on a pregnant patient during her third trimester. 

Rabies alert issued in Marion after horse tests positive

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert after an unvaccinated horse tested positive for rabies.

Want to quit smoking? ‘Tobacco Free’ program returns to Belleview Community Center.

A free program is returning to the Belleview Community Center early next week to offer assistance to adults who want to quit smoking.