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.

St. Catherine Laboure’ Manor Announces Contract with Blue Cross

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is proud to announce it has signed a managed care contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF), which allows Blue Cross members access to St. Catherine Laboure’ Manor’s facilities and programs.

A Day of Free Smiles

Local dentist offers a day of free dentistry this holiday season.


Saturday, December 10 beginning at 8:00 a.m., Riverside Dental will be hosting Jacksonville’s first ever ‘The Gift of a Smile’, a day of free dentistry. This is the first time a private dental office in the Jacksonville area will be providing a day of free dentistry to the public. The first 75 people to arrive at Riverside Dental will receive their choice of a free cleaning, filling or extraction.

‘The Gift of a Smile’ will be held in hopes to give back to the Jacksonville community and provide dental care for those who are truly in need. There are no qualifications to be met in order to receive care. The event is first come first serve so be sure to arrive early. Riverside Dental is located at 1061 Riverside Avenue, Suite 101 Jacksonville, Fl 32204. The office can be reached for questions at (904) 355-5531.  

St. Vincent’s HealthCare Seeking Volunteers for Colon Cancer Prevention Study

St. Vincent’s HealthCare patients have a unique opportunity to make a difference in a national study aimed at reducing the risk of colon cancer.  Researchers and doctors, including Principle Investigator Dr. William Sumner, III, who practices at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, are working with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to sponsor the study which evaluates the effectiveness of the drug, Rosuvastatin (Crestor) in fighting colon cancer.  St. Vincent’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital are the only hospitals in Jacksonville taking part in this large-scale national study.

Reduce P.E. While childhood Obesity Rising ?

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Currently 30% of Florida’s youth are overweight or obese.  As these students get older, their obesity problem just gets worse.  

Watch What You Touch During Cold and Flu Season

Watch What You Touch During Cold and Flu Season


With the start of flu season here, it’s time to start thinking about staying healthy. Nothing can ruin the holidays like a bad case of the flu. Memorial Hospital Medical Director Dr. Gary Winfield says the best thing you can do is get a flu shot. “The flu shot is our best weapon against the flu,” Dr. Winfield said. “It can prevent you from getting the flu, or if you do get it, it can make your symptoms less severe.”

St. Vincent’s to Prepare Thanksgiving Feast for 500

St. Vincent’s to Prepare Thanksgiving Feast for 500

For many of us Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a holiday feast and celebrate with family and friends.  But imagine being elderly or disabled and being alone on the holidays without enough money for a warm Thanksgiving meal.  Unfortunately this is the reality for a record number of people in Northeast Florida.  That’s why St. Vincent’s HealthCare has teamed up with Meals on Wheels for 18 years to provide free, hot holiday meals for the Meals on Wheels program.