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Beaches Leader
Beaches Leader

(904) 249-9033

1114 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250   Directions


Baptist receives 'A' rating for fifth year
05/12/2021 7:37am

Baptist receives A rating for fifth yearNews StaffWed, 05/12/2021 - 08:37 am For the fifth consecutive time, Baptist Medical Center Beaches received an A rating in the spring 2021Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a national distinction recognizing achievements in providing the safest health care for patients. Baptist Beaches is one of only 33 percent of hospitals in the nation to receive an A rating.To receive an A safety rating five times in a row is extremely gratifying, said Hospital President Joe Mitrick, FACHE. Our dedicated team members and physicians make patient safety their top priority in every situation every day.Baptist Nassau, Baptist South and Baptist Jacksonville also received A safety ratings.Our health care teams are committed to constant monitoring and improving our patient safety standards, said Dr. Elizabeth Ransom, executive vice president and chief physician executive for Baptist Health. Safety is ingrained in our culture through collaboration and open communication which are vital in achieving the highest quality standards in our hospitals.Baptist Beaches safety and quality protocols have been further enhanced since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis through a number of additional measures. Separate respiratory care units for COVID-19 patients, designated staff and equipment for COVID-19 rooms, and the use of advanced UV technology for decontamination are among the many safety reinforcements the health system has implemented.An A safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Baptist Health shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grades methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

Beaches Museum announces Beach Legends for 2021
05/11/2021 7:43am

Beaches Museum announces Beach Legends for 2021News StaffTue, 05/11/2021 - 08:43 am From left Mike Shackelford, Susan King and Kurtis Loftus, along with the late Dr. Thomas Bary Jr., will be honored as Beach Legends. photo submitted The Beaches Museum has announced the individuals selected to be recognized at its Beach Legends Gala set for Friday, Sept. 17, at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.Beach Legends for 2021 are:Traditions: Kurtis LoftusEvents and celebrations often create the rhythm of community life, reminding everyone that in good times and bad, life goes on.For decades, Kurtis Loftus has devoted his artistic talent to promoting the Beaches identity, saving the St. Johns River Ferry and raising money for local charities.His most notable success, the creation of Deck The Chairs, thrills thousands of beach residents and visitors every year with its annual celebration of beach life during the holiday season.Faith: Dr. Thomas Bary Jr.During the past year, faith leaders went far beyond the pulpit to find creative ways to celebrate births and weddings, provide solace to those who suffer, and comfort families dealing with loss. This year, the Beaches Area Historical Society celebrates the life of Pastor Thomas Bary Jr., pastor of Neptune Baptist Church.He served his church family and the Beaches community for more than 36 years with compassion, good humor and creative programming, especially during the time of the pandemic.It was COVID-19 that caused his passing in December 2020 at the age of 64.Services: Susan KingNonprofit leaders get up every morning determined to provide the resources their clients need, unlocking every type of funding, stretching every dollar and doing whatever it takes. Susan King has used her financial background as a certified public accountant to provide food and services for the hungry, first with Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry BEAM and now as the CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida.She has combined her entrepreneurial skills, political know-how and compassionate heart to alleviate food insecurity for neighborhoods and homebound individuals in eight Northeast Florida counties.Arts: Mike ShackelfordThe creative community of the Beaches understands that music can lift people beyond their problems and differences. Mike Shackelford has been a leader in the music scene since the late 1970s, and a welcome performer at countless events and beach venues. Mike has also been a source of encouragement for young and aspiring musicians, including his founding of the monthly acoustic and songwriter nights in Atlantic Beach.Like other performers dealing with the restrictions of the pandemic, Shackelford has used Facebook and other media to soothe and inspire with his music.For more information on the Beach Legends Gala, visit www.beachesmuseum.org. For information on sponsorship and auction donations, contact Chris Hoffman atdirectorbeachesmuseum.orgor 904-241-5657, ext. 113.

Neptune Beach presents Trident Awards to those making city better
05/10/2021 11:09am

Neptune Beach presents Trident Awards to those making city betterNews StaffMon, 05/10/2021 - 12:09 pm Neptune Beach officials are taking a three-pronged approach to recognize positive contributions to the community. The Trident Award will be presented to residents who go above and beyond to make the city a better place.On Monday, the City Council presented resident Richard Keene with its first-ever Trident Award in recognition of his efforts to keep the city free of trash and serving as a watchdog for public safety issues.Every time I see you, you are out picking up and getting litter off of our streets which is wonderful, said Mayor Elaine Brown. Making sure our city is safe, looking for and fighting things that may be a public problem. Thank you for making us aware when you see a problem and thank you for, more importantly every single day, for being an exceptional person.Brown said she developed the concept with City Manager Stefen Wynn during the pandemic.Stefen and I started talking during COVID about honoring an outstanding citizen. We needed something unique and cool and things kind of fell by the wayside. We started closing City Halls and all kinds of things. But it was always there, she said.We had such good ideas and we put it into action. The Trident Award is for someone who is doing something great in our community or something for the community or continues to do things that we feel are exceptional.Keene, who has lived in Neptune Beach more than 35 years, can often be found walking the city streets with a shopping bag and a grabber to collect trash and other debris. The retired CSX attorney was nominated by former Mayor Harriet Pruette.I dont have a dog, but I take along dog treats also for all the neighborhood dogs who come to see me. They know to walk up to me, I dont even have to say anything. They know I have something in my pocket when I walk by, said Keene, who regularly notifies the city staff of any issues he encounters involving public safety. I do report all kinds of problems and I appreciate the award very much.

Ocean Palms Elementary recognizes volunteers
04/20/2021 7:39am

Ocean Palms Elementary recognizes volunteersNews StaffTue, 04/20/2021 - 08:39 am Ysabel Jack was named Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year. photo submitted Dr. Lucy Miller was named Adult Volunteer of the Year. photo submitted Mark Tolton was named Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year. photo submitted In recognition of volunteers, Ocean Palms Elementary School awarded three individuals Volunteer of the Year awards. These individuals included Ysabel Jack Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Lucy Miller Adult Volunteer of the Year and Mark Tolton Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year.Ysabel Jack, formerly a student ambassador at Ocean Palms, has continued to support the program at the school by helping the current student ambassadors with projects. Additionally, she hosted a Junior British Tea Party event as a PTO fundraiser and worked as a mentor to students at the school with higher social needs.Dr. Lucy Miller is also no stranger as a volunteer, serving on the SAC committee, as a PTO event co-chair, and pretty much everywhere else help is needed. However, she is best known for her co-creation of the schools science lab. From raising funds, to hands-on lessons, to bringing her love of STEM to the school, she achieved all of this and more with the schools unique science lab.Mark Tolton, yet another special volunteer, has been described as magical and lends a caring hand to the pre-kindergarten students at the school. He helps provide individualized tutoring to the students, which enhances their learning and builds their confidence.

St. Johns County vaccinating Florida residents 16 years of age and older
03/31/2021 7:58am

St. Johns County vaccinating Florida residents 16 years of age and olderNews StaffWed, 03/31/2021 - 08:58 am St. Johns County is now accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointment preregistrations for people who are 16 years of age and older to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Qualifying individuals who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine may register for an appointment by visitingsjcvaccineappointment.sjcfl.us.Those who register will receive an automated phone call from 904-295-3711 with an assigned appointment date and time. Individuals who choose to decline the appointment will remain registered, and will receive a subsequent phone call with an alternative appointment. Upon arrival at the vaccination site, appointment holders will be required to provide identification and proof of Florida residency. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The appointment registration system is only for individuals who are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.Call 904-295-3711 for more information or to request assistance with registration.

Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

(904) 359-4111

1 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions


Folio Weekly
Folio Weekly

(904) 260-9770

9456 Philips Hwy #11
Jacksonville, FL 32256   Directions


Hola Noticias
Hola Noticias

(904) 683-2198

9831 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246   Directions


WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX
WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX

(904) 996-0400

11700 Central Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32224   Directions



(904) 353-7770

100 Festival Park Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions


NPR and WJCT Public Media Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The First All Things Considered Broadcast
05/04/2021 3:01pm

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NPR and WJCT Public Media Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The First All Things Considered Broadcast Jacksonville, Fla. May 3, 2021 The first broadcast of NPRs All Things Considered took place on May 3, 1971. That day more than 20,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest ...

WJCT News 89.9 Achieves Record Audience Share in January 2021
03/05/2021 11:32am

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT News 89.9 Achieves Record Audience Share in January 2021Improvement follows programming and identity changes introduced in July 2020 Jacksonville, Fla. March 5, 2021 WJCT Public Media announced today that its flagship FM station, WJCT News 89.9, achieved a record share of the radio listening audience ...

WJCT Public Media to Rebrand WJCT-TV as Jax PBS
02/10/2021 4:00am

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT Public Media to Rebrand WJCT-TV as Jax PBSNew name to appear on-air on February 24, 2021 Jacksonville, Fla. Feb. 10, 2021 WJCT Public Media announced today that WJCT-TV will be rebranded as Jax PBS, effective February 24, 2021. As WJCT continues to move toward production ...

WJCT Public Media to Host Community Conversation in Connection with PBS’ “The Black Church”
02/03/2021 3:45pm

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT Public Media to Host Community Conversation in Connection with PBS The Black ChurchSupport provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Jacksonville, Fla. Feb. 2, 2021 WJCT Public Media today announced it will host a community conversation and launch an interactive initiative in connection with The ...


(904) 399-4000

4 Broadcast Pl
Jacksonville, FL 32207   Directions


WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC
WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC

(904) 354-1212

1070 E Adams St
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions


VERIFY: Aiden Fucci has no prior juvenile record, sources say
05/12/2021 6:01pm

Rumors allege Aiden Fucci had a prior juvenile record. Juvenile records are sealed. First Coast News has confirmed with law enforcement sources that this is false.

Panic buying after Colonial Pipeline hack causes gas shortages along the First Coast
05/12/2021 5:46pm

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis joins the governors of 16 other states in declaring a state of emergency.

Ahmaud Arbery's accused killers in court on motions to introduce his prior arrests, mental health
05/12/2021 5:42pm

Defense lawyers have filed several motions asking Judge Timothy Walmsley to allow details of Arberys past encounters with law enforcement.

14-year-old's selfie from patrol car now evidence in Tristyn Bailey murder investigation
05/12/2021 5:36pm

Crime analyst: Investigators may have let the suspect keep his phone on purpose

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs coastal resiliency bill
05/12/2021 5:34pm

The governor says the bill will fund resiliency projects throughout Florida and allow the state to partner with local governments to protect coastal communities.

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