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Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Tiger cubs and local children will reap the benefits of a new grant awarded as part of Community First Credit Union’s Investing In You contest.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit agency dedicated to big cat rescue, won a $1,000 grant from Community First Credit Union to fund a new cabin and platforms for its five tiger cubs. Catty Shack Ranch is the second of this year’s six Investing In You winners to receive $1,000 through this summer’s community improvement contest.

Community First Funds 12-mile St. Johns River Swim Event

Community First Funds 12-mile St. Johns River Swim Event

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – JumpingFish, a nonprofit group that advocates for First Coast waterways through athletics, won a $1,000 grant from Community First Credit Union’s Investing in You contest to fund itsUp the River 12-Mile Swim for the St. Johnsawareness initiative. The Up the River project is the first of six winning community improvement ideas to receive $1,000 each in this summer’s contest.

St. Vincent’s Launches New Blog & Announces Live Construction Cam for Clay County Hospital

St. Vincent’s Launches New Blog & Announces Live Construction Cam for Clay County Hospital

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is proud to announce it has launched a new url and blog, www.MyClayHospital.com to inform and update the public about the construction of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County. The new medical center is scheduled to open October 1, 2013 and construction is underway.  In the coming weeks, we will install a live construction camera so community members can track progress and see what is happening at the site 24-7.

Community First Credit Union is “Investing in You” to Inspire Change on the First Coast

Community First Credit Union is “Investing in You” to Inspire Change on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Almost everyone has at least one good idea to make the First Coast a better place, if only they had the funds to make it happen. Starting tomorrow, and for the next 90 days, anyone, anywhere on the First Coast — including civic groups— has the opportunity to earn $1,000 towards a new or existing initiative.

Now in its second year, Community First’s Investing In You contest will award $1,000 every two weeks for 90 days to fund innovative ideas for improving communities throughout the First Coast.  Idea entries can be submitted through the credit union’s Facebook site. Last year’s winners included a variety of projects ranging from educational technology for at-risk kids to swimming tubs for rescued tigers.

St. Vincent’s Clay County Announces Construction Update

St. Vincent’s Clay County Announces Construction Update

St. Vincent’s HealthCare has completed the site planning process and is submitting road plans to Clay County to begin the permitting process for its new hospital in Clay County, to be called St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County.  Our plans include the widening of Brannan Field Road in front of the property to accommodate extra turn lanes for traffic flow. The goal is to improve access to the hospital and adjacent medical office building.  Our next step is to submit plans for a site work permit, followed by the final building plans to both Clay County and the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Tallahassee in May.

St. Vincent’s Southside Opens Area’s First All-private NICU Rooms

St. Vincent’s Southside Opens Area’s First All-private NICU Rooms

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, formerly St. Luke’s Hospital, is now home to Northeast Florida’s first, all-private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  The new NICU suites are designed to provide parents and their premature infants’ comfort in a private, quiet setting.

Research has shown the single-room model of infant care in the NICU decreases complications, improves weight gain and shortens the hospital stay for these tiny infants.  In the traditional open bay NICU, babies are exposed to lights and sounds that disrupt their sleep and interfere with their breathing and heart rate. The single-room model offers a much quieter environment with lower light exposure which results in less stress for these premature babies.  Each NICU suite has a comfortable sofa bed and recliner so parents can sleep in the room with their newborns.