Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

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Coordinates: 27°45′48″N 82°38′36″W / 27.76333°N 82.64333°W / 27.76333; -82.64333

Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg
Location 701 6th St. S., St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Emergency department Level II Trauma Center
Beds 480

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, formerly known as Bayfront Medical Center, is a Community Health Systems (CHS) affiliated hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg is Pinellas County's only trauma center and St. Petersburg's longest-standing hospital.

Bayfront is a for-profit teaching hospital that provides comprehensive services in trauma and emergency care; orthopaedics; obstetrics and gynecology; cardiac medicine and surgery (specializing in valve surgery); neurosciences (with our own epilepsy center); sports medicine; surgery and rehabilitation. More than 550 physicians are on staff with specialties ranging from open-heart surgery to fertility treatment.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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, Bayfront Medical Center, and finally in 2013, Bayfront Health St. Petersberg. It was the first to integrate[when?], and the first African-American patient, Altamese Chapman, was a longtime Bayfront volunteer.

Bayfront, in its Mound Park Hospital form, was mentioned in the Ian Fleming 007 novel "Live and Let Die".

In October 2012, plans were announced to merge Bayfront Medical Center with Health Management Associates and Shands HealthCare.[4] The merger transformed Bayfront Medical Center into a for-profit facility and created 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.[5] The deal closed in mid-2013, and Bayfront joined the HMA family of hospitals.[6] Bayfront health was acquired by Community Health System in early 2014 along with other HMA facilities.


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  4. ^ "A transformational Strategic Partnership Sets Firm Course for the Future". Bayfront Medical Center. Archived from the original on 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ "About the Partnership". Health Management Associates. Archived from the original on 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ LAURA LAYDEN (2013-04-01). "Naples-based HMA completes deal to acquire Bayfront hospital in St. Petersburg". Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 

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