Tampa Bay Business Journal: June 21, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner talks about the CAMLS facility a year after its opening, the growing popularity of minute clinics, the expansion for the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

The University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) facility opens one year ago.

While CAMLS struggled early, it is finally hitting its stride. The center is now attracting health care professionals wanting to hone their skills and learn new ones with cutting-edge technology such as the trauma surgery suite.

CAMLS is also becoming a catalyst for economic development in downtown Tampa by filling up hotel rooms that might otherwise be empty.

Accenture Research is predicting the number of retail health clinics will increase by at least 25 percent annually over the next three years.

"There will be a primary care physician shortage for the significant number of newly insured patients," said Brent Burkhardt, MinuteClinic spokesman. "Clinics offer more accessibility and affordable health care."

CVS Caremark has 53 MinuteClinics in Florida, include eight locally. The plan is to triple the number of MinuteClinics nationally by 2017.

The Tampa Bay Comic Con is moving to a new location.

The April convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport attracted over 6,000 people. Organizers had to turn some people away due to crowding.

When the event returns August 23 to 25, it will be held in a 75,000 square-foot-space at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. That will give the Comic Con more than 7 1/2 times the space it previously had.

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