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City notes: St. Vincent's CEO stepping down, reportedly taking job in Nashville


St. Vincent’s CEO Schatzlein stepping down; reportedly taking job in Nashville

St. Vincent’s HealthCare President and CEO Dr. Mike Schatzlein is stepping down Dec. 31. Chief Operating Officer Tom VanOsdol will serve as interim CEO.

Schatzlein also will leave his roles as senior vice president for Ascension Healthcare and group ministry market executive for the Ascension Indiana and Tennessee markets, according to a news release from St. Vincent's.

From June 2010-July 2015, he served as president and CEO at St. Thomas Health in Nashville.

A hospital spokesman said he could not provide more information.

According to the website for The Tennesseean newspaper in Nashville, Schatzlein will “concentrate on” the Center for Medical Interoperability, of which he is chair.

The nonprofit’s website says, “We aim to improve real-time information flow and make technology function seamlessly in the background so we can achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.”

In Fort Wayne, Ind., Schatzlein was a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon from 1980-84.

VanOsdol joined the hospital in December after serving as president of St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital in Anderson, Ind. He began his career as a speech language pathologist in 1988 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion, Ind.

Some changes coming to area YMCAs

Starting Dec. 1, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will implement service and workforce level changes in some facilities across Jacksonville.

The Arlington Family YMCA at 10131 Atlantic Blvd. will become a program-only center and continue offering senior and youth services. Membership fitness services will be discontinued.

Other area YMCA branches will experience minimal workforce reductions as part of the changes.

Eric Mann, president and CEO of the local YMCA, in a statement said the changes will help the organization get its “financial house in order” and provide a “solid foundation for … future growth.”

The changes in workforce and services are not related to the recently opened Winston Family YMCA in Brooklyn. That was funded by a separate capital campaign that raised $19 million.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority starting precheck enrollment

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is allowing travelers to sign up for the Transportation Security Administration’s precheck program during a limited period in the fall.

The program allows people to travel securely without having to remove items like shoes, belts, jackets and laptops from their carry-onluggage.

Passengers during a two-week period can make an appointment to enroll at Jacksonville International Airport. First, though, they must fill out an online application at

Appointments are available 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 24-28; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2; and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3-4.

Passengers will be fully enrolled after they receive a “known traveler number.”

FSCJ to host Vision Awareness Day

Florida State College at Jacksonville will host its fourth annual Vision Awareness Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the school’s Downtown Campus. It will be at the Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center in the Building A lobby.

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature “experiential” activities designed to improve awareness and sensitivity to those with vision loss.

Those activities include sensory stations with auditory, smell, taste and touch components, a white cane maze challenge, braille demonstrations and documentaries.

For more information, visit

Memorial Hospital to start $23M expansion project

Memorial Hospital will embark on a $23 million expansion of the main emergency department that will provide additional access to emergency room services.

The multiphase project is scheduled to start early next year and take 18-24 months to complete.

It will feature an additional 23,000 square feet of new construction, renovation of the existing emergency department, relocation of the pediatric ER rooms, entrance and waiting areas, a new rooftop helipad and reconfigured parking for patients, visitors and staff.

When complete, all ER services will be under the same roof.

The hospital’s ExpressCare and ExpressKids services that fast-track emergency department services are located across the parking lot.

For more information about the project, visit

Avondale Travel president makes 30Under30 list

Leigh Elizabeth Bryan, president of Avondale Travel, was included in the list of Travel Agents' ninth annual 30Under30 list, which highlights “the next generation of travel advisers.”

Bryan, 29, grew up in the business. Her father opened Avondale Travel Bureau in 1974 and grew it to 48 offices before selling it in 1989.

He kept one office, Orange Park Travel, which Bryan joined in 2013 at a time when it was close to shutting down. She helped reorganize the agency and rebrand as Avondale Travel with two offices and eight full-time employees.

Bryan graduated from the University of North Florida with a marketing degree and worked in a small business marketing company before joining the travel industry.

Adams to lead local Mac Papers branch

Matt Adams was named general manager for Mac Papers’ Jacksonville branch effective Jan. 1.

Adams will oversee all branch operations, including sales, customer service, warehousing, trucking, supply chain management and delivery logistics in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

He succeeds Randy Royall, who will retire at the end of the year after more than 44 years with Mac Papers.

Adams joined the Jacksonville-based company in 2007 as a trainee at the local branch. He’s a 2007 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with bachelor’s degrees in economic and commerce.

Mac Papers is a wholesale distributor for paper and print, packaging, facility supplies and office products.

Jacksonville ranks about average as a ‘foodie’ city

Everyone has their local go-to spots for a quick lunch or that prime destination for a nice dinner.

Personal finance website WalletHub decided to see how America’s most populated 150 cities compared when it comes to being a “foodie” destination.

Jacksonville placed in the middle, coming in at No. 79.

The study used a 100-point scale to grade, with “affordability” metrics comprising 30 points. That included factors like the cost of groceries, average beer and wine prices, and taxes on food and at restaurants. Jacksonville came in at No. 30.

The remaining 70 points were allotted to “diversity, accessibility and quality” that measured things like number of restaurants, the diversity of those venues, the number of farmers’ markets, grocery stores, butcher shops and more. Jacksonville finished No. 97.

Florida was highly regarded in the review. Orlando came in at No. 1, Miami at No. 3 and Tampa was No. 4. The bottom of the study showed North Las Vegas; Moreno Valley, Calif.; and Grand Prairie, Texas, fared the lowest.

Manufacturers association to host annual event at WGV

The First Coast Manufacturers Association will host its fourth annual FCMA Summit on Thursday at the Renaissance Hotel at World Golf Village.

Topics this year will cover issues impacting the industry, such as workplace security, women in manufacturing, hazardous waste and water policies, fair labor standards and human resources. Also featured will be an academic analysis of the Nov. 8 election.

Speakers include U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and Ted Yoho, state Rep. Paul Renner and Duval County Property Appraiser Jerry Holland.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and features an all-day slate of discussion groups and trade exhibits.

For more information, visit

One by One education initiative continues this month

After a heavily attended start last month, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund will continue its One by One: Student Voice program at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Johnson Family YMCA, 5700 Cleveland Road.

The goal of the initiative is for people to hear youth presenters speak about their experiences in public schools and explain their personal definitions of success.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

The fund is a nonprofit that advocates for high-quality public schools for all children.

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