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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 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.

DOH-Marion, AdventHealth Ocala announce publication of 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County and AdventHealth Ocala recently published the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment, providing Marion County residents with a new roadmap to plot their course to better overall health.

Marion County reports just over 500 new COVID-19 cases in latest bi-weekly report

The Florida Department of Health’s latest virus summary for the week of September 2 to September 8 shows another decease in COVID-19 cases in Marion County, with just over 500 new infections. The number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to decline in Marion County since the middle of July, when the county reached a 2022 peak of 1,199 recorded cases.

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital expands with 24,000 square-foot neurological intensive care unit

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, an affiliate of HCA Florida Healthcare, has expanded its neurological services through the addition of a 24,000 square-foot Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

DOH to provide naloxone through county health departments in effort to reduce substance abuse deaths

The Florida Department of Health has announced an initiative to ensure readily available access to naloxone, a lifesaving medication that could reduce thousands of substance abuse deaths across the state, through its county health departments.

Reddick Public Library to host free diabetes education classes

A free weekly series of classes on diabetes education and prevention will begin later this month at the Reddick Public Library.

DOH-Marion issues warning after bat tests positive for rabies in Citra

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County wants residents to be aware that a bat in northern Marion County has tested positive for rabies.

Marion County reports steady decline in COVID-19 cases since mid-July peak

Marion County health officials are reporting a slight drop in COVID-19 cases during the week of August 19 to August 25, with 871 new infections. The number of new COVID-19 cases in Marion County has steadily declined since the middle of July, when the county reached a 2022 peak of nearly 1,200 recorded cases.

Freedom Public Library to host free ‘ABC of Dementia’ fall workshops 

The Marion County Library System and Coping with Dementia LLC have announced that a series of free 'ABC of Dementia' workshops will be offered this fall at the Freedom Public Library.

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation center opens next week

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital is expanding its rehabilitation services with the addition of a Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. The $33 million, 38,000 square-foot center will open its doors to patients on Monday, August 29.

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals announces plans to build physical rehab hospital in SW Ocala

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals has announced its plans to construct a 5.1-acre, 40,000 square-foot acute care physical rehabilitation hospital in southwest Ocala.