Christopher O'Donnell, Tampa Bay Times

Christopher O'Donnell

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Christopher:

New BayCare hospital in Wesley Chapel opens its doors

The $246 million facility is the first BayCare-branded hospital and the first time the nonprofit has built and licensed a new hospital. → Read More

Tampa General and Moffitt to bring proton therapy to Tampa Bay cancer patients

Innovative therapy targets tumors with proton beams with less risk to surrounding cells. → Read More

Florida board takes on question of female athletes’ menstrual history

The Florida High School Athletic Association meets today to discuss controversial medical form. → Read More

Pasco hospital intimidated workers who discussed unionizing, feds say

HCA Florida Bayonet Point agreed to settlement over anti-union activity. → Read More

Why female high school athletes may have to reveal menstrual history in Florida

Currently, students fill out a form that makes it optional to answer questions about their periods. That could change. → Read More

Medicaid coverage to end in April for nearly 1 million in Florida

As pandemic protections end, advocates warn a “looming tidal wave” of people will lose coverage. → Read More

Florida one of nation’s worst for child health insurance coverage

Most affected are Latinos and children living in poverty, a study found. → Read More

DeSantis urged to release plan for Florida’s looming Medicaid crisis

A coalition wants to know how the governor will keep children insured through federal program. → Read More

How safe is your hospital? Every Tampa Bay hospital graded.

New rankings assess hospitals on hand washing, infection rates, patient falls and other factors. → Read More

Florida just banned transgender treatment for minors. What now?

The decision has raised questions for parents and medical providers. Here’s what we know. → Read More

Florida could surpass record Affordable Care Act enrollment in 2023

As the annual sign-up period begins, subsidies and a fix to the “family glitch” are expected to bring in scores who couldn’t enroll before. → Read More

Feeding Tampa Bay plans new headquarters to fight food insecurity

The nonprofit’s new warehouse will include a grocery store, health clinic, job training and assistance with housing and benefits. → Read More

BayCare names new president for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa

Nonprofit picks Chicago-area health care executive to run its flagship Tampa hospital. → Read More

Rainbow fentanyl: Are Tampa Bay trick-or-treaters at risk?

Or is this just another false Halloween scare? How a potentially lethal opioid colored to look like candy is raising concerns. → Read More

Tampa Bay children’s hospitals report surge in respiratory illnesses

Hospital doctors warn parents to be extra vigilant as cases of RSV, colds, and influenza fill hospital beds in several states. → Read More

Clearwater Beach bicyclist bludgeoned to death with tire iron, police say

A Tampa man was arrested on first-degree murder charge, and a second suspect is being sought. → Read More

Florida surgeon general touts book on show that backs QAnon conspiracy theory

The state’s top health official may give credibility to far-right podcasts and shows by appearing on them, some experts say. → Read More

There’s a national shortage of Adderall. Here’s how to cope.

Manufacturers of the drug used to treat ADHD are struggling to meet a shortfall caused by delays at one supplier. → Read More

Hurricane Ian linked to 2 Hillsborough deaths

Almost 100 miles north of where the Category 4 storm made landfall, its aftermath claimed the lives of two residents. → Read More

More than 50,000 Tampa Bay homes still without power but help coming

Duke Energy and TECO say they will have most customers online by end of the weekend. → Read More