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The Diagnosis

| February 5, 2014

FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam learned he had cancer over the holidays. He describes the experience and his travels since, mostly down and up the abyss that becomes a premier tourist spot for many of those coming to grips with the diagnosis, even though death row appears, in his case, a very long way off.

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO: State Must Extend Medicaid to Working Poor

| January 4, 2014

The Florida Legislature still has the opportunity this year to draw down $51 billion in federal dollars already sent to Washington to help pay the cost of health insurance for those who cannot afford it, argues Floridfa Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison.

School District, County’s Largest Employer, Starts Health Clinic Experiment With Florida Hospital Flagler

| October 30, 2013

The $288,000 annual contract with Florida Hospital Flagler’s Prompt Care Clinic will allow 1,400 of the school district’s 1,700 employees to seek out primary care at no cost, but with some restrictions. The district hopes it will lower the annual increases in premiums that employees and taxpayers have been bearing.

Pink Army’s Legions Take to Palm Coast for Breast Cancer Battles Past, Present and Future

| October 13, 2013

Some 800 runners, walkers and cheerers gathered for Florida Hospital Flagler’s annual Pink Army Run through Palm Coast’s Town Center Sunday morning in the continuing battle against a disease that claims the lives of 40,000 women a year.

Runs, Flags and Shirts: Pink Armies Invading Flagler County for Breast Cancer Awareness

| October 4, 2013

Highlights of this month’s Pink Army events in Palm Coast and Flagler include a 5K run or walk on Oct. 13, pink flag-raising ceremonies, and allowances, on Oct. 13, for school district students who participated in the run to wear their pink shirts instead of the required uniform.

Breast Cancer Therapy Technique at Florida Hospital Flagler Now Reduces Radiation Exposure

| August 15, 2013

The Prone Breast Board radiation therapy technique, allowing patients to rest on their stomach rather than their back, significantly decreases radiation exposure to the lungs and heart.

Traffic Disruptions at Florida Hospital Flagler as Parking Lot is Resurfaced

| July 9, 2013

Florida Hospital Flagler is in the process of sealing and re-striping its parking lots and driveways over the next 30 days, covering the better part of July.

Florida Hospital CEO David Ottati, Major Force in Local Economy, Leaving for Tavares

| May 8, 2013

David Ottati, the CEO at Florida Hospital Flagler for the past seven years, where he oversaw a vast expansion that increased hospital employment past 1,000 and helped cushion the local economy’s severe downturn of the past few years, will be leaving the hospital to take a new post as CEO of the 269-bed Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, in Central Florida, in early June.

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO David Ottati in Awe of EMS Response at Trauma Wreck Scene

| December 10, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO David Ottati witnessed the wreck of motorcyclist Brian Davis on john Anderson Highway Friday night, called 911, assisted the victim, then was in awe of Flagler County Fire Rescue’s paramedics at work as he’d never seen them beyond the hospital.

Kangaroo Express Donates $110,000 To Florida Hospital’s Breast Cancer Pink Army

| December 7, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler received approximately $37,000 of the sums raised ntirely by customers’ donations at the Kangaroo Express registers throughout October in several counties, with the balance going to other Florida Hospital campuses.

Pilates in the Park Raises Awareness and Money Locally

| October 30, 2012

With more than 100 people in attendance, the third annual Pilates in the Park raised awareness and funds to help with screening mammograms, diagnostic studies and education.

Florida Hospital Flagler Spared Sister Hospitals’ Fraud Lawsuit and Medicare Penalties

| August 13, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler came out unscathed by readmission penalties Medicare is levying on 2,000 hospitals, including most hospitals in Florida. FAF was also not among seven sister-Adventist hospitals named in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraudulent billing that a federal judge said last week may now go forward.

Florida Hospital Flagler’s Parkway Medical Plaza Will See You Now

| July 11, 2012

The $15 million facility on Cypress Edge Drive opened ceremoniously Tuesday. It has several physicians’ offices, a walk-in clinic, a rehab and a woman’s center. Some of the services were shifted from the main hospital campus.

Neurologist David Karaffa Joins Florida Hospital Flagler as Staff Physician

| June 22, 2012

Dr. David Karaffa can treat a variety of conditions including seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, strokes, migraine, back pain, neuropathy and more.

Julia Roberts, a Cancer Patient at Florida Hospital Flagler, Marries Sweetheart of 17 Years

| May 30, 2012

Palm Coast resident Julia Roberts was admitted at Florida Hospital Flagler on May 4. On May 22, in her hospital room, she was married to Terry Adolph after hospital staff took care of vritually all the arrangements.

Think Fast: “Explaining Stroke,” a Free Seminar at Florida Hospital Flagler May 16

| May 4, 2012

On Wednesday, May 16, Florida Hospital Flagler is offering a free seminar, “Explaining Stroke,” featuring Board-Certified Neurologist Dr. Jose Garcia. The free seminar begins at 1 p.m. at the hospital, at 60 Memorial Medical Parkway, in Classrooms A, B and C.

Ear, Nose, Throat, Hard Hat:
Florida Hospital Flagler Shows Off Its New Digs

| February 28, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler’s new Parkway Medical Plaza, opening in July between Walmart and Golden Corral, is a $15 million expansion–and a signal of intensifying head-to-head competition in such fields as imaging and lab work.

JoAnne King, Who Oversaw Florida Hospital Flagler’s Hospice Expansion, Is Elevated to VP

| January 24, 2012

As administrative director JoAnne King oversaw Florida Hospital Flagler’s expansion into hospice care across county lines last year, a first for a Florida Hospital. She was promoted to vice president for ancillary services, overseeing a half dozen departments, including hospice.

Florida Hospital Flagler Gets Silver Plus Award for Heart and Stroke Care

| January 19, 2012

Florida Hospital Flagler has received the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Florida Hospital Flagler Santa-Sleighs Bunnell’s Child Development Center

| December 16, 2011

Employees and volunteers at Florida Hospital Flagler presented Christmas presents to children enrolled at the Flagler Child Development Center in Bunnell.

Pink Armies Invade Flagler In Varieties Of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

| October 17, 2011

The Flagler County fire department, Palm Coast government, Florida Hospital Flagler, schools and organizations are all in on raising awareness to battle breast cancer in October.

Florida Hospital Flagler Breaks Ground on $15 Million Satellite Near Palm Coast Parkway

| September 28, 2011

The 34,000 square foot medical plaza in Cobblestone Village near Walmart will give Florida Hospital Flagler an imprint on the northern side of town and add between 15 and 25 jobs by next summer.

Florida Hospital Flagler’s David Ottati Is Among Northeast’s Ultimate CEO Award Winners

| August 4, 2011

The Jacksonville Business Journal’s fifth annual Ultimate CEO Award drew some 40 nominations from northeast Florida. Ottati, Florida Hospital Flagler’s CEO for the past five years, was among 13 winners.

Florida Hospital Flagler One of Just 3 Hospitals in the State to Achieve IT Milestone

| July 23, 2011

Florida Hospital Flagler won HIMSS Analytics’s Stage 6 designation, on a scale of eight IT-related stages, signaling advantages over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment and competitive marketing.

Hospital Donation Helps Campers Find Adventure at Palm Coast Summer Camp

| June 29, 2011

Palm Coast summer camp for elementary and middle school children runs through August 12, at $75 a week. Scholarships are available. Children may attend as many (or as few) weeks as they choose.

Shrinking Flagler Health Department Looks to Community Care As Neediest Alternative

| June 29, 2011

The $700,000-a-year federal grant would open a community health center focused on the uninsured and providing the sort of care people seek out more expensively in emergency rooms.

Double Chest CT Scans: More Radiation and Costs; FHF’s 8% Rate Higher Than Average

| June 18, 2011

Nationwide, hospitals performed double scans on 5.4 percent of Medicare patients who received chest CTs, but 618 hospitals performed the tests on at least 10 percent of Medicare patients, though experts say the double scans are unnecessary.

Reform Minister: David Ottati’s Healthy Risks at Florida Hospital Flagler

| May 19, 2011

David Ottati, Florida Hospital Flagler’s CEO, is investing, building, innovating, and taking risks despite–and because of–a sputtering economy and health care’s jaggedly changing landscape. So far, it’s paying off.

Florida Hospital Flagler Expanding Again With Clinic and Offices Near Walmart by June 2012

| May 16, 2011

Saying the hospital was looking for a presence on Palm Coast Parkway, FHF CEO David Ottati said the 34,000-square-foot building will add up to 25 jobs and an urgent-care clinic, among other services.

Flagler Palm Coast YMCA Closing After 9 Years At Florida Hospital; Stand-Alone Y a Goal

| March 31, 2011

The Palm Coast-Flagler Family YMCA was losing $50,000 a year for the past three years despite a membership of 900. The location was constraining. Local organizers hope to launch plans for a stand-alone Y in the future.

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