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Rabies alert issued after raccoons test positive in Ocala, Dunnellon

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert after raccoons that were recently captured in Marion County tested positive for the disease.

Marion County offering free breast cancer screenings next week

Marion County health officials are providing free breast cancer screenings to women in the community next week, regardless of insurance status.

AdventHealth breaking ground on new medical office building

AdventHealth will host a groundbreaking celebration this week for a new medical office building near downtown Ocala. 

Marion eatery cited for rat activity during failed health inspection

A restaurant in north Marion County was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector found evidence of rodent activity. 

Ocala health center hosting walk-in hiring event for medical assistants

The Heart of Florida Health Center will host a walk-in hiring event on Wednesday for those seeking work as full-time medical assistants. 

Ocala Neighborhood Hospital shaping up for Summer opening

A neighborhood hospital that will feature 10 emergency department rooms, 10 inpatient rooms, four surgical operating rooms, and a medical imaging center is making brisk progress toward a projected Summer opening in northwest Ocala.

City hosting senior services fair at CF

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host its annual Parade of Senior Services Information Fair tomorrow at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center.

AdventHealth unveils new helicopter serving Ocala, Marion County

AdventHealth unveiled a new helicopter that will help with its operations in its west region, which includes Ocala and Marion County. 

Ocala restaurant closes for 9th time since 2022 due to roaches

A Chinese restaurant that failed four consecutive health inspections last August due to rodent and roach activity was forced to close again last week after failing another four consecutive health inspections. 

City to host 41st annual Parade of Senior Services in March

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host its annual Parade of Senior Services Information Fair on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center.

Marion health officials hosting ‘Shake the Salt’ nutrition classes

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is hosting two classes next week that will focus on cooking healthier meals without salt.

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.

Ocala hospital welcomes first baby of 2024

A couple rang in the new year in Ocala by welcoming their daughter into the world.

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.