BayCare Health System takes care of folks lounging (or limping) at the bay in the Sunshine State. Established in 1997, the health system operates more than 10 not-for-profit hospitals and about 200 additional outpatient facilities that altogether serve the residents of Florida's Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. The system's member hospitals boast about 2,880 beds and are organized under the Morton Plant Mease, St. Anthony's, and St. Joseph's-South Florida Baptist hospital systems. BayCare's hospitals offer a variety of specialty services ranging from orthopedics to cancer care to women's services. BayCare has inked a deal to acquire nearby Winter Haven Hospital in 2013.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In late 2012 BayCare Health System announced plans to acquire Winter Haven Hospital, one of Polk County's two non-profit hospitals and the county's second-largest hospital. With some 530 beds, Winter Haven Hospital represents BayCare Health System's first purchase since its formation in 1997. The move allows BayCare to reach outside its core Florida counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco.
BayCare is investing some $75 million to renovate and expand St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. In recent years BayCare has invested heavily in expanding and updating its hospitals. One of its more noteworthy additions is its St. Joseph's Hospital-North, a 108-bed hospital north of Tampa. The $225-million hospital, added to the system in 2010, features surgery, intensive care, outpatient, and emergency care facilities. BayCare also completed a nearly $50 million expansion of its Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, adding more than 30 beds, an outpatient center, and 95,000 sq. feet of space.
BayCare Health System serves the residents of Florida's greater Tampa Bay area, consisting of the Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. – less