Community Briefs 12/6/18

Clay Today
Posted 12/5/18

Phosphorous removal project funding approved

PALATKA – The Jacksonville office of Seattle-based SWIG LLC was recently awarded a $1.5 million contract to remove phosphorous from Doctors Lake in …

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Community Briefs 12/6/18


Phosphorous removal project funding approved

PALATKA – The Jacksonville office of Seattle-based SWIG LLC was recently awarded a $1.5 million contract to remove phosphorous from Doctors Lake in Clay County.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board voted earlier this month to award the Doctors Lake project, as well as a similar project at Lake Apopka in Orange and Lake counties. Projects at each lake will utilize innovative technology to remove phosphorus.

The Doctors Lake Phosphorus Removal Project will provide additional treatment of effluent from a wastewater treatment plant to remove phosphorus prior to entering Doctors Lake. This project will assist in furthering water quality improvements in the Doctors Lake Basin within the Lower St. Johns River Basin in Northeast Florida. The project is expected to remove an estimated 6,500 pounds of phosphorus annually and cost an estimated $1.5 million.

The Lake Apopka Innovative Total Phosphorus Removal Project will supplement the district’s current restoration timeline by removing phosphorus from the lake’s water. This project will assist in protecting water quality in Lake Apopka, which is the headwaters of the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes. The project is expected to remove 10,000 pounds of phosphorus over a 24-month period. The project cost is $1.16 million.

Hospital earns 5-Star rating for women’s care

ORANGE PARK – For the third year in a row, Orange Park Medical Center has been named a 5-star recipient in multiple categories regarding women’s care by Healthgrades.

Healthgrades is a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The 5-star rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. The areas that earned the 5-star rating at OPMC include obstetrics and gynecology, labor and delivery, vaginal delivery and C-Section delivery.

“It’s our providers and staff who have really earned this recognition,” said Suzanne Jones, director of Women and Children’s Services at OPMC. “Consistently receiving 5-stars year after year truly shows their commitment to providing superior care for our patients.”

In making their ratings, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 15 states and the District of Columbia that provide all-payer state data for the years 2014-2016. Healthgrades has found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes.

Friday deadline for Comcast college scholarship

JACKSONVILLE – Comcast is accepting applications from high school seniors from Baker, Clay, Duval, St. Johns and Union counties, to apply for its Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

Students are selected based on their community service, academic performance, and leadership skills. The award, funded by the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, is a one-time $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses.

Students must live in one of the communities listed here, plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. college or university for the entire 2019-2020 academic year, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent, be enrolled as a high school senior and demonstrate financial need.

to learn more about the program, visit Email inquiries can be submitted to or call 1-800-537-4180. The application deadline is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

New pediatric surgeon joins OPMC

ORANGE PARK – Pediatric Surgeon Mark McCollum recently joined a new pediatric surgery practice at Orange Park Medical Center.

McCollum provides a broad range of surgical services for newborns all the way to teens and can treat conditions such as abdominal, GI, chest, lung, hernias, tumors, head, neck and congenital issues.

He brings more than 15 years of experience in the field of pediatric and neonatal surgery. McCollum also has expertise using minimally invasive surgical techniques in children.

“Dr. McCollum is the first of many pediatric specialists Orange Park Medical Center will be adding to the team to expand our pediatric services,” said Chad Patrick, hospital CEO.

OPMC treats over 22,000 children in its emergency rooms each year.


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