On the downtown campus, infrastructural improvements have begun that are the result of a $120 million multi-year allocation from the city of Jacksonville. The City Council approved the funding in 2018, with $15 million of the sum made available this fiscal year. The work includes roof replacements and electrical upgrades, as well as other needs such as air handler, generator and fire pump replacements.
This spring, we will work closely with our legislative team on a number of federal, state and local issues. Our primary federal focus is on 340B Drug Pricing Program; Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital, or DSH, payments; and “neutral site” payment matters. State issues include Medicaid reimbursement, Low Income Pool funding, DSH payments, opioids, telehealth and graduate medical education. Meanwhile, we will continue to work with the city of Jacksonville on local funding.
Our team includes myself and Dean Cocchi, along with Mark Kaplan, Samantha Sexson and Mike Henson from UF Government Affairs. We have support from The Fiorentino Group, Paul Hawkes and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, led by Justin Senior and Lindy Kennedy.