Bayfront Medical Center
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|Bayfront Medical Center|
|Location||701 6th St. S., St. Petersburg, Florida, United States|
|Emergency department||Level II Trauma Center|
Bayfront is a not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides comprehensive services in trauma and emergency care; orthopaedics; obstetrics and gynecology; cardiology; neurosciences; sports medicine; surgery and rehabilitation. More than 550 physicians are on staff with specialties ranging from open-heart surgery to fertility treatment.
It is also home to Bayflite, an air medical helicopter transport program. Bayflite, the largest hospital-based flight program in the Southeastern United States, was started more than two decades ago and the first flight program in Florida that carried lifesaving blood on every flight.
Bayfront is nationally accredited by the Joint Commission and also maintains the following accreditations and certifications: Level II Trauma Center, Level III Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and Hip & Knee Replacement.
Bayfront was originally organized as the St. Petersburg Sanitarium in 1906, and over the next six decades re-designated as the Good Samaritan Hospital, Augusta Memorial Hospital, City Hospital, Mound Park Hospital, and finally, in 1968, Bayfront Medical Center. It was the first to integrate[when?], and the first African-American patient, Altamese Chapman, was a longtime Bayfront volunteer.
In October 2012, plans were announced to merge Bayfront Medical Center with Health Management Associates and Shands HealthCare. The merger will transform Bayfront Medical Center into a for-profit facility and create a new integrated care delivery network with six other HMA hospitals, including Brooksville Regional Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, Venice Regional Medical Center, Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Peace River Regional Medical Center, and Pasco Regional Medical Center, with Bayfront being the flagship hospital.
- "A transformational Strategic Partnership Sets Firm Course for the Future". Bayfront Medical Center. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "About the Partnership". Health Management Associates. Retrieved 2012-11-17.