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Marion County Health Department promotes cervical cancer awareness

The month of January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Health in Marion County is encouraging women in the community to get tested for this disease.

DOH-Marion’s latest COVID-19 report shows another increase in new cases

The Florida Department of Health’s latest virus summary for the week of Friday, December 9 through Thursday, December 15 shows that new COVID-19 cases in Marion County have increased for the fourth consecutive report. As of December 15, a cumulative total of 101,817 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Marion County.

HCA Healthcare announces new CEO of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital

HCA Healthcare's North Florida Division has announced the appointment of Alan Keesee as chief executive officer (CEO) of HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, effective on January 1, 2023.

UF Health to open neighborhood hospital in northwest Ocala

Construction is underway for University of Florida Health’s new neighborhood hospital in Ocala, which will be located at NW Blichton Road and NW 35th Avenue Road, just east of Interstate 75.

Community Foundation seeks applicants for Angelica G. Muns nursing scholarship

The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County has announced that the window to apply for the 2023 Angelica G. Muns nursing scholarship is now open.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital breaks ground on freestanding emergency room

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital recently broke ground on its newest freestanding emergency room, HCA Florida Silver Springs Emergency, which will be a part of the hospital.

DOH-Marion to observe World AIDS Day with outreach event at Paddock Mall

Each year on December 1, World AIDS Day is observed around the globe to serve as a memorial for those lost to HIV, as well as an opportunity to make people aware of enhanced HIV prevention and treatment options. In 2021, there were 1,160 people living with HIV in Marion County, according to the Florida Department of Health in Marion County.

DOH-Marion providing free naloxone in effort to reduce substance abuse deaths

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has announced the availability of free naloxone nasal spray kits. This lifesaving medication, known commercially as Narcan, could help reduce thousands of substance abuse deaths across the state.

Marion County reports another slight rise in COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health recently released its virus summary for the week of Friday, November 11 through Thursday, November 17, and it shows that new COVID-19 infections in Marion County have slightly increased for the second consecutive report. As of November 17, a cumulative total of 100,788 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Marion County.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, HCA Florida West Marion Hospital awarded ‘A’ safety grade

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital were both recently awarded an ‘A’ safety grade from The Leapfrog Group following an evaluation of general hospitals across the country.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital receives 37 Healthgrades Quality Awards

HCA Florida Healthcare announced last week that its hospitals were recognized with over 650 quality awards from Healthgrades, including 37 awards that were received by HCA Florida Ocala Hospital.

Marion County reports slight increase in new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health's latest virus summary shows that new COVID-19 cases slightly increased in Marion County during the week of Friday, October 28 through Thursday, November 3, with a total of 165 new infections being reported.

DOH-Marion seeks to educate community on diabetes during awareness month

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is recognizing November as National Diabetes Awareness Month in an effort to improve education about how this disease adversely affects the community. Since 2008, the annual death rate from diabetes in Marion County has exceeded that of Florida as a whole each year, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

Marion County reports 136 new COVID-19 infections as cases continue to decline

The Florida Department of Health's latest virus summary was released last week, and it shows that new COVID-19 cases decreased in Marion County during the week of Friday, October 14 through Thursday, October 20, with a total of 136 new infections being reported.

HCA Florida North Central Florida hospitals to host Opioid Take Back Day on October 29

HCA Florida Healthcare hospitals in North Central Florida will host the fourth annual “Crush the Crisis” national opioid take back day event on Saturday, October 29 to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse, while also providing a safe and anonymous way to dispose of medications that may be left over from previous procedures or other medical visits.

DOH-Marion notifying parents after Abbott issues recall of certain Ready-to-Feed formulas

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is notifying parents of a voluntary recall issued by Abbott that includes certain lots of 2-fluid-ounce/59-milliliter bottles of Ready-to-Feed liquid formula products.

DOH-Marion raising breast cancer awareness with ‘Wear It Pink Day’ on October 21

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County recognizes the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encourages the community to “Wear It Pink” on Friday, October 21.

DOH, DCF leaders visit Marion County’s Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE) Network

In Marion County, Emergency Medical Services teams responded to over 3,000 overdose calls in 2021, and current data indicates that Marion is among the top 10 counties in Florida with the highest fatal overdose rates. Residents who are battling addictions can utilize the Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE) Network for stabilization and to receive medication-assisted treatment.

Marion County reports over 170 new infections as COVID-19 cases continue to decline

The Florida Department of Health has released its latest virus summary for the week of September 30 to October 6, and the report shows another decline in new COVID-19 cases in Marion County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has downgraded Marion County’s community transmission risk from ‘medium’ to ‘low.’

DOH-Marion offers oral health tips during Dental Hygiene Month

The month of October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and the Florida Department of Health in Marion County is encouraging members of the community to adopt better dental hygiene practices to improve and maintain good health.

DOH-Marion bi-weekly COVID-19 report shows another decline in new cases

The Florida Department of Health’s latest virus summary for the week of September 16 to September 22 shows that new COVID-19 cases have continued to decrease in Marion County, with an average of just over 40 cases reported each day.

DOH-Marion to host cooking class with emphasis on herbs, spices

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will host a class in Belleview later this week to show members of the community how to invigorate their cooking with herbs, spices, and seasonings.

DOH-Marion hosting free event for parents, guardians to discuss topic of teen suicide

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s risk-avoidance program, BRAZEN, is offering parents and guardians an opportunity to join a frank and potentially life-saving discussion about teen suicide. The upcoming event will include a free dinner and a discussion that will be led by a nationally certified youth counselor.

DOH-Marion raising awareness on opioids, substance abuse

National Opioid and Substance Awareness Day is on Tuesday, September 13, and the Florida Department of Health in Marion County is recognizing this day to educate residents on the continued impact of opioids in the community. According to statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the number of opioid overdose deaths increased by more than 350% from 2015 to 2020 in Marion County.