Shepherd's Hope building new clinic

Shepherd’s Hope has begun construction on its first stand-alone clinic, in Winter Garden.

The nonprofit organization, which has been providing medical care for uninsured and underinsured Central Floridians since 1997, is building the 10,000-square-foot facility in partnership with West Orange Healthcare District and the City of Winter Garden.

The West Orange Medical Clinic & Administrative Center will include an administration center, a health clinic and a community kitchen.

Nemours Children’s Health Systemhas opened its 16th pediatric primary-care practice, in Celebration. Dr. Janette Magarino is the pediatrician.

Orlando Health has broken ground for its Center for Rehabilitation at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.

Florida Hospital has opened its 18th Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation location, in Kissimmee.

Healthfirst, a New York health plan that has been in Central Florida for more than a decade, has a new call center in Lake Mary. The company, not to be confused with the Health First health system in Brevard County, has more than 800 employees in Seminole County.

Awards & Appointments

Lakeland Regional Health — Orlando Health received a service award from Florida Hospital Association for Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety.

Dr. David Nykanen of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Dr. Frank Pigula of Florida Hospital for Children, and Dr. Peter Wearden of Nemours Children’s Hospital are among the members of the state’s new Pediatric Cardiology Technical Advisory Panel.

Suspensions

The Agency for Health Care Administration denied license renewal for homemaker and companion service companies E R Helping Hands and Floridian Home Companion Services. It also denied license renewal for health care services pool NS Group Orlando. Home health agency E2 Emerson and Emerson, doing business as Brightstar, has surrendered its license.

The agency also suspended behavior analysis group Angels Creative Children’s Therapy, behavior analyst Judith Benech Juarez,and social worker Vickrum Thakur, from participation in Medicaid.

The Florida Department of Health also issued suspension and restriction orders for Gerald Kruse, a licensed social worker in Oviedo; Samantha Lopez, an emergency medical technician in Leesburg and Kissimmee; and Michelle A. Williams, a certified nursing assistant in Kissimmee and Orlando. The actions are not final and individuals are entitled to a hearing.

Events of note

Nemours Children’s Hospital marked five years of operation Sunday. The hospital has grown to include six urgent cares, 17 pediatric offices and 11 specialty-care locations in Central Florida.

Orange County Medical Society is holding its 2017 Denim and Diamonds Gala on Nov. 3 to raise funds for its foundation and New Hope for Kids, a local nonprofit that supports children and families grieving the deaths of loved ones and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Individual tickets are $125: visit ocms.org.

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