Journeys of Inspiration
Every patient has a story, in which Bayfront has a chapter. Here you'll find some of those stories: evidence of the incredible moments that can happen when technology, expertise and compassion come together to change a patient's life.
Six Tiny Miracles - Bayfront Baby Place delivers Florida's first sextuplets.
Labor Day weekend last year had a special meaning for the Bayfront Baby Place and Karoline and Ben Byler’s family. Bayfront delivered 29 babies between Friday and Sunday morning of that weekend, with six of the 29 belonging to the Byler family.
After weeks spent on bed rest in Bayfront’s antepartum care area, Karoline’s water broke.
Dr. Karen Raimer, perinatologist, and her team of skilled nurses and physicians delivered the Bylers’ six babies just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.
The five boys and one girl will be placed in the record books as the first set of sextuplets born in the state of Florida. Each of the infants weighed between two and three pounds at birth and are continuing to grow stronger in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at All Children’s Hospital.
The babies; Brady Christopher, Eli Benjamin, Charlie Craig, Mackenzie Margaret, Ryan Patrick and Jackson Robert were delivered about two months early and will probably remain in the All Children’s nursery until sometime in November. When the neonatologists feel the infants are strong enough to begin life without the round-the-clock care provided by the hospital’s nursery, they will move home and take their places as the newest members of the Byler Bunch.
Having a baby can be one of the most joyous and satisfying experiences in life and the unsurpassed obstetrical care moms receive at the Bayfront Baby Place makes it one of the premier childbirth centers in the region. From the most specialized multiple births to the smoothest single deliveries, the Baby Place is the preferred place in our area to bring new life into the world.
Why The Baby Place? - Our facility is one of only 10 Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Centers in the state with a regional Maternal Fetal Medicine program and a Level II Special Care Nursery. As a premier teaching center, Bayfront also has 24-hour obstetrical coverage through graduate physicians in the Obstetrics & Gynecology and Family Practice Residency Programs.
In addition, our close relationship with All Children’s Hospital provides expert neonatal care for babies who require specialized care beyond that available in the Bayfront special-care nursery.
Returning Champions - Sports Medicine doctors specialize in athlete recovery.
From pro athletes to weekend warriors, competitors of every age and fitness level choose Bayfront's Sports Medicine Center for its excellent care in treating sports-related injuries. Bayfront's comprehensive capabilities are supported by the area's most innovative facilities and teams of elite physicians, surgeons and caregivers specialized in athlete recovery.
Chosen by the Pros - Our Sports Medicine surgeons handle the toughest cases—both in trauma and beyond. When pro tennis star Dave Marshall was sidelined with a potentially career-ending hip injury, he turned to Dr. Brian Burke. To ensure a truly superior outcome, Marshall's injury required a pioneering procedure. That’s why Dr. Burke chose to perform the first ASR hip replacement in the United States at Bayfront. After the successful procedure and swift recovery, Marshall wasn't just back to playing tennis on his new hip—he was winning championships.
Bayfront's facilities have the features athletes can count on for great results. Our two state-of-the-art orthopaedic surgical suites feature Stryker video integration, horizontal laminar air-flow systems and more of the latest technology in healthcare. The private suites at our Joint Innovation Center provide athletes a secluded setting to help them relax during the initial phases of their recovery. But above all, it's the sought-after, specialized staff at Bayfront that sets us apart. From the first diagnosis to the last day of therapy, our comprehensive physicians, surgeons and caregivers ensure a smooth road to recovery from every sports injury.
Everyday Heroes - When healthy triathlete and busy mom Michele Forté faced a debilitating knee injury, she met with one of Bayfront’s finest orthopaedic experts, Dr. George Canizares. His skilled arthroscopic analysis revealed an unfortunate reality—it would take a complete knee replacement to get her back on track. But after less than three days in the hospital, and less than a year of rehabilitation under the care of Sports Medicine physician Dr. Arnold Ramirez, Bayfront got her back to what she loves—competing in triathlons and chasing her five-year-old son.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is proud to offer the premier Sports Medicine program in the Tampa Bay area, with the most experienced athletic surgeons and the most complete facilities for every kind of competitor.
When a sports injury takes you out of your game, choose the comprehensive care of Bayfront Sports Medicine to get you back to championship form—give us a call at (727) 895-DOCS, or make an appointment by clicking through to our physician referral page.
Tragedy Turns to Hope - Rehabilitation team plays instrumental role in trauma healing.
November 15, 2006, was supposed to be like any other day for Joseph Donnelly – a marine scientist at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus. He went to work that morning expecting to see his wife and two children later that afternoon, but a terrible accident changed Donnelly’s life forever.
This athletic father of two and devoted husband has a passion for his work as a research associate in the Department of Marine Science. With a background in wood working, he often helped in the department’s machine shop building research equipment. It was working on a metal lathe in the shop that changed his future.
In an instant, Donnelly was caught by the machine and his arms were severely injured. Three co-workers came to his rescue; Jim Mulhollan, Randy Maxson and Will Slee, stopped the machine and called 911. EMS immediately drove him to Bayfront’s trauma center where the surgeons initially gave him a grim prognosis. If he survived, it might be necessary to perform a bilateral amputation—but the first step was to save his life.
For Donnelly, the next week was a blur. He went through three major surgeries and fought for his arms, and most importantly, for his life. The expertise and determination of Bayfront’s physicians, plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Sarkos, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Clinton Davis, and infection control specialist Dr. Mingquan Suksanong not only saved his life, but both his arms as well.
“These physicians gave me my life back,” said Donnelly. He was set on the road to recovery. It hasn’t been an easy road. The pain has been difficult for Donnelly, but he made a decision to look to the future.
“The Bayfront nurses are special people,” said Donnelly. “They always knew the right words to say and things to do. One night I was in excruciating pain and the nurses stayed by my side until I fell asleep, doing everything they could to make me more comfortable.”
After only two weeks, Donnelly had made enough progress to move to the inpatient rehab unit under the care of physiatrist Marc Reiskind, M.D., and Bayfront’s therapy team. On this unit he bonded with other patients, and they inspired him to use his arms. The inspiration and determination worked. He went home on December 15, only a month after that fateful day.
Six months after the accident, Donnelly is getting his life back. His hands are in splints, but they are both still there, still working and growing stronger. He attends physical therapy three times a week and works out at the gym to regain muscle tone, flexibility and strength. In the afternoon he spends time with his children – attending their sporting events and picking them up from school. He hopes to continue his research work again soon.
“It was a very sobering experience, having something like this happen to you,” said Donnelly. “You have two options; you can either give up and stay in bed all day or try to get your life back. The doctors and nurses at Bayfront made the second option my reality.”
In the months ahead he will undergo a few additional surgeries at Bayfront to gain even more use of his fingers and hands.
“I know that my life will never be exactly the way it was,” said Donnelly. “There will always be challenges to face. But with Bayfront’s great clinical care and my sheer determination, I will overcome them and forever remember those who made this recovery possible.”