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Kathleen McGrory, Times Staff Writer

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (727) 893-8330

Email: kmcgrory@tampabay.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

 

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  1. After a graze from Hurricane Irma, Tampa Bay will remember the emotional toll

    Hurricanes

    It was called one of the most powerful storms in recorded history. It was bigger than Andrew, bigger than the state.

    First it aimed for Miami, then Naples. Twenty four hours before landfall, it set its sights on Tampa Bay.

    Fleeing cars packed highways. Homeowners hammered plywood onto windows and anchored garages with sandbags, with scenes of a water-logged Houston fresh in mind.

    "Stay safe," they told their neighbors....

    Steve Miccio, 53, secures a limb with a rope as he and others work to remove a tree from the roof of his Gulf Road home Monday in Tarpon Springs. Miccio and his family weren’t home when it fell.
  2. Irma spares Tampa Bay, other parts of the state not as lucky

    Hurricanes

    Monday's blustery daybreak brought relief — albeit cautious relief — across the Tampa Bay area.

    Hurricane Irma downed trees and power lines and knocked the canopies off some gas stations, but seemingly spared the region the catastrophic damage that had been predicted.

    "A glancing blow," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who had previously warned Irma would "punch us in the face."...

    Duke Energy power poles have snapped at  30th Street South and 2nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg. Area closed off by St. Petersburg Police.
  3. A day of dread in Tampa Bay as Hurricane Irma battered the state

    Weather

    Marc Johnson, 50 of Palm Harbor, braces against the wind and rain as his son Jacob, 12, walks along the exposed sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Irma Sunday in Crystal Beach. Winds westerly winds pushed the water from the shoreline as Hurricane Irma approached Tampa Bay. (CHRIS URSO  |  Times)
  4. With Hurricane Irma on track for Tampa Bay, here's what you can expect

    Hurricanes

    Hurricane Irma began a dreaded march north late Saturday, erasing any hope the Tampa Bay region and Florida's Gulf Coast would be spared its devastation.

    At shelters where thousands waited for the storm to arrive, and in living rooms where families gathered around their TVs, a community wondered just how bad it would be.

    "I'm terrified," said Nicole Manuel, 37, who huddled with family at her mother's house in Clearwater. "I keep on hearing different things, different changes. How fast is it coming? When is it even coming? It's different every time I see the TV."...

     Erik Charles evacuates his parakeets from his family's ahead of Hurricane Irma in the Palmetto Beach neighborhood in Tampa on Saturday. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
  5. When workers died, Tampa Electric vowed to stop doing this. But weeks later, they did it anyway.

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — After five workers died at Big Bend Power Station, Tampa Electric vowed to immediately stop the kind of work that led to the fatal accident.

    No one would clean or do maintenance on a slag tank connected to a running boiler, the company promised — not before investigations into the accident had finished.

    "We're not going to do it," CEO Gordon Gillette told the Tampa Bay Times in August, "until we understand what happened."...

    The Tampa Electric Big Bend power station was the site of a fatal accident in June that killed 5 workers. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  6. Congresswoman to OSHA: 'Act swiftly' to fix rules after Tampa Electric power plant accident

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, urged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday to tighten its rules in response to a June accident that killed five workers at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach.

    "While the community grieves and OSHA performs an investigation, I strongly encourage OSHA to act swiftly to develop clarifying rules that would prevent future tragic accidents," she wrote in a letter to the agency....

    
Five workers died in an accident at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach.
  7. TECO accounts for nearly half of Florida power plant deaths, data shows

    Public Safety

    Tina Partridge wasn't expecting to see her dad at the door. He was working a contract job at a Tampa power plant, but made the drive to Jacksonville to surprise his grandsons.

    "The boys were thrilled," Partridge recalled.

    She thought nothing of saying goodbye to him that night in 1999. He had spent his whole career in power plants, and long assured her the work was safe.

    But days later, a giant fireball shot through Tampa Electric's Gannon Power Station in Hillsborough County, hurling heavy sections of the wall into the parking lot. Her father, Johnny Bass Sr., was killed at 52....

    Paramedics remove an injured worker from the back of an ambulance outside Tampa General hospital Thursday, April 8, 1999, after he was injured in an explosion at Tampa Electric's Port Sutton plant. [Associated Press]
  8. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg names new CEO

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the city's largest and oldest hospital, has named a new chief executive.

    Veteran health care administrator John McLain will assume Bayfront's top job on July 17. He replaces Kathryn Gillette, who is retiring....

      Since being purchased by Community Health Systems in 2014, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg underwent a financial transformation led by CEO Kathryn Gillette, who says she is retiring.
  9. Florida Blue pledges statewide commitment to Affordable Care Act

    Business

    Despite the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act, Florida Blue plans to offer individual health insurance plans in all 67 counties next year, the insurer told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.

    "It is consistent with our mission to help people in communities achieve better health," said the company's West Florida Region market president David Pizzo. "We don't stay only in certain counties that are profitable."...

    Despite the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act, Florida Blue plans to offer individual health insurance plans in all 67 counties next year.
 [Florida Trend file photo]
  10. With Bayfront Health on firmer footing, CEO Kathryn Gillette plans to retire

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — After four years at the helm of the city's largest hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg chief executive officer Kathryn Gillette is retiring, she told the Tampa Bay Times.

    Her last day will be in early August.

    "This was the job that I wanted to end my career with," she said.

    TIMES PROFILE: Gillette faced health care challenges...

      Since being purchased by Community Health Systems in 2014, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg underwent a financial transformation led by CEO Kathryn Gillette, who says she is retiring.
  11. All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare resolve contract dispute that affected thousands

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG  — UnitedHealthcare members can once again pay in-network rates at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the hospital and the insurance company announced Thursday.

    All Children's had been out of network since May, when contract negotiations between United and the hospital broke down. All Children's wanted United to pay more; United said All Children's was asking for too much....

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to rates, ending a stalemate that left United members paying out-of-network fees. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  12. Stalemate between All Children's Hospital, UnitedHealthcare leaves families in a bind

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Christina and Michael Shreeve were stunned when they received two dozen letters from UnitedHealthcare, each listing a doctor at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital who would no longer be "in network."

    As a practical matter, the letters mean the Shreeves will need to find new physicians, therapists and lab technicians for their 5-year-old son, who has a rare auto-inflammatory disease....

    Gavin Shreeve has been treated for a rare disease at All Children’s Hospital.
  13. Perspective: As the toll climbs, advocates bring renewed attention to Florida gun violence

    Perspective

    Times Staff Writer

    Like most 12-year-old girls, Ra'Mya Eunice loved slumber parties.

    She was at one on April 30, fast asleep, when a bullet blast through the wall, striking the side of her head.

    Ra'Mya was rushed into surgery, her grandmother Terri Eunice said. But she lost most of her brain function, and had to be put on a ventilator.

    Her parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and cousins gathered in a Jacksonville hospital, hoping to spot signs of recovery. The blink of an eye. The wiggle of a finger....

    The Empire State Building in New York City was bathed in tangerine light last year to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It was part of the Wear Orange campaign led by the non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety. [Courtesy of Everytown for Gun Safety]
  14. New facilities will help St. Petersburg Free Clinic grow

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — For decades, the bustling St. Petersburg Free Clinic has operated largely out of an old post office building.

    That will soon change.

    The clinic recently bought two buildings in Pinellas County, said executive director Beth Houghton. One will house its growing health center, which provides free medical services for low-income people who are uninsured. The other will house its expanded food bank....

    Workers move food at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s loading dock May 3. A Lealman warehouse will host the new food bank.
  15. Tampa Bay hospitals brace for $92 million in cuts

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers have agreed to cut $91.7 million from Tampa Bay area hospitals under a budget the Legislature plans to pass early next week.

    Statewide, the proposed hospital cuts total $521 million, all coming from "supplemental" money that state lawmakers put into the Medicaid program two years ago.

    Cuts would be deepest at the hospitals that take the largest number of Medicaid patients....

    The state budget proposal would cut $18 million from Tampa General Hospital, pictured, and almost $92 million across Tampa Bay.