April 20, 1995 |
Federal regulators granted a major reprieve to a mistake-ridden hospital Wednesday, finding that it had corrected deficiencies and clearing it to keep receiving millions in government health care funding. University Community Hospital had been threatened with the loss of that funding because one patient lost the wrong leg in a botched amputation and another died after he was mistakenly removed from a ventilator.
March 30, 1995 |
Federal officials said that they found "an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients" at University Community Hospital in Tampa. One man died when he was mistakenly taken off a ventilator and another had the wrong leg amputated at the hospital. The federal Health Care Financing Administration warned the hospital to clear up its problems to avoid losing its Medicare funding. The 424-bed facility has until April 20 to start correcting the problems.
July 21, 2000 |
An Orlando hospital was closed for several hours Thursday while doctors determined whether 10 airport baggage handlers had been exposed to anthrax, a potentially deadly bacterium. Officials at Florida Hospital East said the workers, none of whom showed signs of exposure, were decontaminated and released. The baggage handlers had come into contact with a box shipped from Puerto Rico that contained animal hides and a warning about possible anthrax contamination.
October 11, 1989 |
Shortly after convening a special session on abortion Tuesday, the Florida Legislature dealt setbacks to four restrictive measures sought by Gov. Bob Martinez in the first test of a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to impose greater limits on abortions.
November 23, 1989 |
When Robert Mays had to tell his only child that she was not his biological daughter, "she cried and cried for a long time," then asked him to explain what it meant, Mays said Wednesday. Mays, his voice breaking at times, spoke publicly for the first time since genetic tests confirmed a Pennsylvania couple's claim that 10-year-old Kimberly Michelle is their daughter. "I held her. She just simply wept. I was crying myself. She said: 'Daddy, Daddy, Daddy! What does this mean?'
April 9, 1990 |
A Siamese twin who was surgically separated from his brother last week died in a St. Petersburg hospital. James and Jakob Watkins, born joined at the chest and abdomen on Feb. 28, were separated in an 11-hour operation last Tuesday. The death of James, who doctors said was the weaker of the two, was announced by officials of All Children's Hospital who said the family had requested that details be kept private. Jakob Watkins remained in critical but stable condition.