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Kathleen McGrory, Times Staff Writer

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (727) 893-8330

Email: kmcgrory@tampabay.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

 

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  1. TECO accounts for nearly half of Florida power plant deaths, data shows

    Public Safety

    Tina Partridge wasn't expecting to see her dad at the door. He was working a contract job at a Tampa power plant, but made the drive to Jacksonville to surprise his grandsons.

    "The boys were thrilled," Partridge recalled.

    She thought nothing of saying goodbye to him that night in 1999. He had spent his whole career in power plants, and long assured her the work was safe.

    But days later, a giant fireball shot through Tampa Electric's Gannon Power Station in Hillsborough County, hurling heavy sections of the wall into the parking lot. Her father, Johnny Bass Sr., was killed at 52....

    Paramedics remove an injured worker from the back of an ambulance outside Tampa General hospital Thursday, April 8, 1999, after he was injured in an explosion at Tampa Electric's Port Sutton plant. [Associated Press]
  2. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg names new CEO

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the city's largest and oldest hospital, has named a new chief executive.

    Veteran health care administrator John McLain will assume Bayfront's top job on July 17. He replaces Kathryn Gillette, who is retiring....

      Since being purchased by Community Health Systems in 2014, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg underwent a financial transformation led by CEO Kathryn Gillette, who says she is retiring.
  3. Florida Blue pledges statewide commitment to Affordable Care Act

    Business

    Despite the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act, Florida Blue plans to offer individual health insurance plans in all 67 counties next year, the insurer told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.

    "It is consistent with our mission to help people in communities achieve better health," said the company's West Florida Region market president David Pizzo. "We don't stay only in certain counties that are profitable."...

    Despite the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act, Florida Blue plans to offer individual health insurance plans in all 67 counties next year.
 [Florida Trend file photo]
  4. With Bayfront Health on firmer footing, CEO Kathryn Gillette plans to retire

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — After four years at the helm of the city's largest hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg chief executive officer Kathryn Gillette is retiring, she told the Tampa Bay Times.

    Her last day will be in early August.

    "This was the job that I wanted to end my career with," she said.

    TIMES PROFILE: Gillette faced health care challenges...

      Since being purchased by Community Health Systems in 2014, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg underwent a financial transformation led by CEO Kathryn Gillette, who says she is retiring.
  5. All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare resolve contract dispute that affected thousands

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG  — UnitedHealthcare members can once again pay in-network rates at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the hospital and the insurance company announced Thursday.

    All Children's had been out of network since May, when contract negotiations between United and the hospital broke down. All Children's wanted United to pay more; United said All Children's was asking for too much....

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to rates, ending a stalemate that left United members paying out-of-network fees. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  6. Stalemate between All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare leaves families in a bind

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Christina and Michael Shreeve were stunned when they received two dozen letters from UnitedHealthcare, each listing a doctor at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital who would no longer be "in network."

    As a practical matter, the letters mean the Shreeves will need to find new physicians, therapists and lab technicians for their 5-year-old son, who has a rare auto-inflammatory disease....

    Gavin Shreeve has been treated for a rare disease at All Children’s Hospital.
  7. Perspective: As the toll climbs, advocates bring renewed attention to Florida gun violence

    Perspective

    Times Staff Writer

    Like most 12-year-old girls, Ra'Mya Eunice loved slumber parties.

    She was at one on April 30, fast asleep, when a bullet blast through the wall, striking the side of her head.

    Ra'Mya was rushed into surgery, her grandmother Terri Eunice said. But she lost most of her brain function, and had to be put on a ventilator.

    Her parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and cousins gathered in a Jacksonville hospital, hoping to spot signs of recovery. The blink of an eye. The wiggle of a finger....

    The Empire State Building in New York City was bathed in tangerine light last year to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It was part of the Wear Orange campaign led by the non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety. [Courtesy of Everytown for Gun Safety]
  8. New facilities will help St. Petersburg Free Clinic grow

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — For decades, the bustling St. Petersburg Free Clinic has operated largely out of an old post office building.

    That will soon change.

    The clinic recently bought two buildings in Pinellas County, said executive director Beth Houghton. One will house its growing health center, which provides free medical services for low-income people who are uninsured. The other will house its expanded food bank....

    Workers move food at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s loading dock May 3. A Lealman warehouse will host the new food bank.
  9. Tampa Bay hospitals brace for $92 million in cuts

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers have agreed to cut $91.7 million from Tampa Bay area hospitals under a budget the Legislature plans to pass early next week.

    Statewide, the proposed hospital cuts total $521 million, all coming from "supplemental" money that state lawmakers put into the Medicaid program two years ago.

    Cuts would be deepest at the hospitals that take the largest number of Medicaid patients....

    The state budget proposal would cut $18 million from Tampa General Hospital, pictured, and almost $92 million across Tampa Bay.
  10. State denies Northside Hospital's bid for new trauma center

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — The state health department has denied Northside Hospital's application for a new trauma center.

    The decision, finalized Monday, came days after a circuit court judge said the health department planned to give Northside the green light — and issued an order blocking the St. Petersburg hospital from moving forward....

    Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg wanted to open a Level 2 trauma center to treat critically injured patients, but its application was denied by the state. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  11. At Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, young doctors work to battle 'toxic stress' in kids

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Resident trainees at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital went into the community last week to teach children, parents and teachers about the dangers of toxic stress.

    Toxic stress occurs when children are abused or neglected, or exposed to violence, serious turmoil or economic hardship. In young kids, the repeated activation of the nervous system can have a lasting effect on the developing brain. In older children, it can increase the risk for disease....

    Residents hear from a panel on toxic stress among the community’s youth as part of their project. The panel, from left, included Donna Sicilian, executive director of student services for Pinellas County Schools, Rick Kriseman, mayor of St. Petersburg, psychologist Lacy Chavis and Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, St. Petersburg City Council.
  12. Florida Blue working to resolve payment glitch

    Health

    Tracey Davis was stunned to learn her checking account was overdrawn Monday.

    She was even more stunned to learn why.

    Florida Blue had billed her May health insurance payment 21 times. The total charges topped $18,000.

    "I was in compete disbelief," said Davis, who lives in Tampa and pays $877 a month for a health insurance plan that also covers her husband. "It was a good thing I was not drinking my coffee. I would have done a spit take on my monitor."...

    A computer glitch caused Florida Blue to electronically debt some customers accounts many, many times. [Florida Trend file photo]
  13. Judge blocks new trauma center at St. Petersburg's Northside Hospital

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Northside Hospital can't immediately move forward with plans to open a trauma center, a circuit court judge ruled late Friday.

    The hospital, located at 6000 49th St. N, intended to open a specialized center for critically injured patients on May 1. But it met a legal challenge from Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, which operates its own trauma center downtown and said having a competitor just a few miles away would siphon off patients and erode quality....

    Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg from immediately opening a new Level 2 trauma center. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  14. Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

    Health

    Wondering what's ahead for Zika?

    This coming summer will likely look like last summer, when 1,100 travel-related cases were reported statewide, and the virus spread in small pockets of South Florida.

    But there's a chance it could be worse.

    "We are preparing for local transmission, and we are preparing for the worst-case scenario," said Dr. Beata Casanas, an infectious disease expert and associate professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine....

    A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a home in the Wynwood area of Miami in August. This summer could look a lot like last as far as the Zika virus is concerned.
  15. USF played a key role in approval of new MS drug

    Medicine

    The first drug to treat an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration, a significant medical development with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

    Local patients helped test the safety and effectiveness of the drug in clinical trials at the University of South Florida's Multiple Sclerosis Center, said Dr. Derrick Robertson, the center's director.

    "We were one of the top enrolling sites in the country for this medication," Robertson said. "We have lots of patients who have been part of the science that led to this drug getting approved."...

    Jeffrey Frank, 39, of Tampa participated in the trial of the MS drug.