With more than 50 hospitals, dozens of clinics and ambulatory care centers, the Tampa Bay has an abundance of top-rated health care facilities for children and adults. The region also has a wealth of well-trained medical professionals – nearly 53,000 nurses and more than 9,200 physicians (including physician assistants) – provide care to Tampa Bay residents and visitors every year.
More than 62,000 Medical Personnel in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Hospital Stats
Source: Florida Hospital Association, 2002
TAMPA BAY HOSPITALS AT A GLANCE
U.S. World & News Report 2003
Three Bay area hospitals were on the 2003 U.S. World & News Report list of top100 hospitals in America. The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute received recognition for cancer care, while Tampa General Hospital was highly rated for its treatment of kidney disease and St. Joseph’s Hospital was recognized for orthopedics and digestive diseases.
Here is complete listing of Tampa Bay healthcare facilities, organized by county. For more detailed information about hospital services and centers of excellence, please call or visit each organization's Web site.
Hernando: Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville Regional Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Hospital
Hillsborough: St. Joseph’s Hospitals, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, University Community Hospital, University Hospital – Carrollwood, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, Town & Country Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, South Bay Hospital, Tampa Shriners Hospital for Children, Kindred Hospital Tampa, Kindred Hospital Central Tampa
Manatee: Blake Medical Hospital, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Pasco: Community Hospital of New Port Richey, East Pasco Medical Center, Morton Plant North Bay Medical Center, Pasco Regional Medical Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Pinellas: All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center, Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital, Edward White Hospital, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospital Bay Area/St. Petersburg, Largo Medical Center, Mease Hospital-Dunedin, Mease Hospital-Countryside, Morton Plant Hospital, Northside Hospital & Heart Institute, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, Sun Coast Healthcare
Polk: Bartow Memorial Hospital, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Winter Haven Hospital, Lake Wales Medical Center, Watson Clinic
Sarasota: Bon Secours-Venice Healthcare, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Patient Care Services
Every medical and surgical specialty, from cancer and cardiac care to neurology and orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation, women’s services and neonatal intensive care, is represented in the Tampa Bay region. The area can boast of healthcare facilities second to none. Here are some of the highlights of Tampa Bay health care.
Tampa Bay has one of four burn centers in Florida at the Tampa General Hospital. Burn patients are cared for in a self-contained unit that begins with initial emergency admission and continues through reconstructive surgery and follow-up care.
While the majority of Tampa Bay hospitals offer cancer programs, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, located on the USF campus, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida.
The nation's third largest cancer center based on outpatient visits and the largest blood and bone marrow transplant program in the Southeast are located at Moffitt. The hospital also offers 13 site-specific cancer treatment teams, cutting-edge clinical trials and a new approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment called Total Cancer Care. This innovative program will allow physicians and health care facilities throughout Florida and beyond access to Moffitt programs, such as molecular profiling of tumors, without the patient having to leave home. Moffitt has several affiliated cancer programs at local hospitals and clinics, including Morton Plant Hospital, Morton Plant North Bay and the Watson Medical Clinic.
Heart disease, the nation’s number one cause of death, is a major focus for nearly all Tampa Bay hospitals. Excellent inpatient cardiac services and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities are found throughout the region.
13 Tampa Bay hospitals offer the full-range of comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic programs – from minimally invasive procedures to cardiovascular surgery. These hospitals include:
Many Tampa Bay hospitals participate in national clinical research trials designed to improve patient care and save lives. Some of the facilities, like Tampa General Hospital in Hillsborough County, Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota County and the Watson Clinic in Polk County, have dedicated clinical research centers. Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Polk County has a comprehensive clinical trial program for cancer, with more than 50 studies underway at any time. By participating in clinic research, hospitals and physicians allow eligible patients to receive cutting-edge treatments, medications or procedures still under study and not yet on the market. Until the last few years, many of these studies were conducted only at major urban teaching centers in select locations around the country. Now, they are more widely available and in locations closer to patients’ homes.
While most hospitals care for patients with certain neurological conditions, such as stroke, some have further neuroscience specialization for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of a wide variety of neurological conditions and injuries. Here are a few highlights:
Obstetrics & Newborn Intensive Care
Many hospitals in Tampa Bay offer outstanding family-centered childbirth centers. A smaller number of hospitals offer specialized services for women and children. Here are a few highlights:
Many Tampa Bay hospitals offer outpatient services and inpatient beds for a variety of rehabilitation needs – recovery from stroke, total joint replacement, car accidents and more. A smaller number of hospitals offer specialized rehab services.
Thirteen Tampa Bay hospitals are teaching hospitals, which means new physician graduates pursue hands-on residency training there in their chosen area of specialty – all under the guidance of more experienced physician specialists and faculty members.
Three Tampa Bay hospitals are transplant centers:
Tampa Bay has four trauma centers, which means that people with severe traumatic injuries can receive life-saving care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Veterans Administration Hospitals
Tampa Bay is home to two Veterans’ Administration Hospitals: Bay Pines Veteran's Hospital in Pinellas County, and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Hillsborough County. Bay Pines is one of the busiest VA hospitals in the country.
Largest Hospital Networks in the Region
There are many smaller networks and independent hospitals, but BayCare Health System (nonprofit) and HCA (investor owned) are the largest hospital networks in the region
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