ST. PETERSBURG, FL (February 22, 2013) — On Feb. 21, St. Petersburg City Council voted to approve the lease amendment allowing Bayfront Health System and Health Management Associates to form our new joint venture which will operate Bayfront Medical Center. This was our final step in moving forward, with only regulatory approval remaining prior to Bayfront’s April 1 launch toward a very bright and successful future.
This is an exciting and pivotal time in Bayfront’s rich 106-year history, and we encourage all community members, patients, employees, physicians and other area healthcare organizations to stay engaged with our changes as we move into a new era. The newly formed Bayfront Health Education & Research Organization will be unlike anything this community has seen and has the potential to make major impact on the care we provide to our surrounding areas. The clinical and educational affiliation with Shands HealthCare will bring an academic reinforcement to Bayfront’s ideas and best practices. Health Management Associates has pledged to not only preserve and continue Bayfront’s mission, but to enhance it and build on it for many years to come.
Bayfront and Health Management Associates are working together to put a strong leadership and organizational structure in place by the joint venture launch on April 1. We expect the transition to be seamless and our excellent patient care to be uncompromised during this time.
We thank the community we have served in the last century for supporting Bayfront and all of its endeavors, and we look forward to serving you as we move into a new era of great opportunity, best outcomes and innovation.