Florida doc: Hospital closure to improve TB treatment

3:19 PM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's top health official says closing the state's only tuberculosis sanitarium will improve treatment of the disease.

Surgeon General John Armstrong on Monday also announced revised procedures that focus on community care and measuring performance.

Armstrong said Florida's infection rate continues to decline despite a recent outbreak among homeless people in the Jacksonville area.

The former Army doctor took over the state Department of Health in May. He said the procedural changes are not a response to that outbreak.

Armstrong said they are the result, instead, of the July 2 closure of A.G. Holley State Hospital in South Florida and his plans for revamping the state's public health system.

Public hospitals in Miami and Jacksonville will take patients formerly treated at Holley but the priority will be on community care.

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