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DIET OR REGULAR SODA? TRY WATER INSTEAD

What effect do artificial sweeteners have on our weight? Since the mid-’70s, artificial sweetener consumption in the U.S. has doubled. Since the 1990s, new products have exploded, leading to more than 6,000 products being introduced from just 1999 to 2004!  Guess what else happened? We have gone from an obesity rate of 8% in the mid-1970s to over 42% by 2017. That is not a typo: forty-two percent.  Who or what is to blame? Unfortunately, it’s not likely we can blame our ‘diet’ sugars, but they may have some effect. Artificial sweeteners include sucralose, aspartame, advantame, saccharin, neotame,...

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Marathon Council focuses on dollars and cents

Executives from Baptist Health South Florida showed up in force at the Marathon Council meeting on April 13. The new CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital, Drew Grossman; Baptist Health South Florida board chairman Jay Hershoff; and a handful of others were there to encourage the council to renew the special taxing district.  “I got you your numbers to the city manager, I hope you realize, within 24 hours,” said Hershoff. He was referring to the March 9 meeting of Marathon City Council when council members reiterated a desire to see detailed information about Fishermen’s...

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MARATHON COUNCIL TO CONSIDER TAXING DISTRICT, WATERING LAWS

At its next meeting, the Marathon City Council will consider two important topics: the continuation or cancellation of the hospital special taxing district, and the city’s watering laws.  The Middle Keys Health Care Municipal Services Taxing Unit issue is a holdover from the March meeting of the council. At that meeting, lacking detailed financial accounting from Baptist Health South Florida regarding its expenditures on care for uninsured and underinsured patients in the Middle Keys, the council agreed to bring back two resolutions in April — one approving the continuation of the tax and one...

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Baptist Health opens vaccine appointments in Islamorada

Baptist Health South Florida is opening up Covid-19 vaccine appointments to individuals 18 and over during a clinic set for next week at Island Christian School in Islamorada.  Sign ups to receive a vaccine next week at ICS will open on Friday at 10 a.m. via BaptistHealth.net/Vaccine. Shots will be administered April 12-14 at the school, located at 83250 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.  Next week’s clinic in Islamorada comes following Baptist Health South Florida’s first mass vaccination clinic in Marathon last month.  Appointments will only be made available online. For more information and/or...

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Compassionate, quality care a focus for new hospitals CEO

From testing and patient care to vaccines, two Florida Keys hospitals within the Baptist Health South Florida system remain at the forefront of an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Add in construction of a new Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon and the entrance of a new chief executive officer, and plenty of activity is unfolding at Mariners and Fishermen’s hospitals.  The departure of the hospitals’ longtime leader, Rick Freeburg, left Baptist searching for a successor to lead the two Keys hospitals. Following a search, in came Drew Grossman as the next chief executive officer on Feb....

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