Healthy Life, Happy Life

National health expenditures hit $3.35 trillion last year, which works out to over $10,000 for every man, woman and child in America. This underscores the high priority Americans put on this essential component of quality of life in the modern world, and why healthcare is an essential component of all economic development.

Working to make our healthcare system better, more affordable, with greater access and better outcomes is the Holy Grail of the 21st century. Some of the innovations to achieve those goals are happening right in our region, with hospital systems that are putting an emphasis on “health” just like they have historically put emphasis on “healing,” along with new training advances that could make the whole healthcare continuum more effective.

Though healthcare is about bold new technologies and revolutionary treatment breakthroughs, it still comes down to people caring for people. One of this month’s stories focuses on the new Health Sciences Institute on Eastern Florida State College’s (EFSC) Melbourne campus. Recently the college announced its first graduate who headed to medical school. ◆

Eastern Florida State College Graduate
Price Tipping

Price Tipping, who graduated with an EFSC Bachelor’s degree in 2016, has been accepted to the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, an accomplishment he credits in large part to his EFSC programs and professors. He will begin his studies this fall at USF’s Tampa campus and is keeping his options open about his final medical specialty as a doctor.

“Price Tipping’s medical school acceptance is a testament to the wealth of opportunities available to graduates of Eastern Florida State College,” said EFSC president Dr. Jim Richey. “There are some real advantages to going to a smaller school like EFSC,” Tipping added. “It was more affordable and closer to home than bigger universities. And I got to design, perform and present my own research, which is particularly useful when applying to higher-ranked medical schools.”

“I’m not one of those people who always knew I wanted to be a doctor; I didn’t really figure it out until after my wife and I moved down here,” said the 28-year-old. “Now that I’ve realized it, though, I can’t really envision myself doing anything else.” ◆