Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Names Gilbert COO, AVP

Seasoned Executive joins Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Leadership Team

St. Petersburg, FL – (January 20, 2022) – Bayfront Hospital St. Petersburg today announced it has named Sarah D. Gilbert, a health care executive with more than 30 years’ experience, as its new chief operating officer and assistant vice president.

“We are delighted to add Sarah to our leadership team,” said John Moore, president, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. “She is a creative healthcare leader who believes in collaboration and consensus building.”

Gilbert’s responsibilities will include overseeing hospital logistics and long-term planning for the facility as well as the expansion of specialty areas and the acquisition of new technologies.

“Taking on this role is an exciting opportunity to help Bayfront return to its position as a leading provider of high-quality health care for the people of St. Petersburg” said Gilbert. Gilbert’s previous achievements include leading a master facility expansion process, leading the strategic expansion of key surgical specialties, while reducing overhead costs and improving operational efficiencies.

Gilbert’s most recent role was as senior vice president, operations, at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan. An alumna of the University of Evansville (Ind.), she earned graduate degrees from the University of Indianapolis and University of Michigan, and she is a Six Sigma Blackbelt. In 2020, Crain’s business magazine included her in its list of the Notable Women in Health.

About Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910. It was acquired October 1, 2020 by Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $7.1 billion of assets under management. The hospital’s areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular, surgical services, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, maternity care and – as home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County – emergency services and trauma care.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,200-bed Orlando Health system which serves the southeastern United States through 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. Nearly 4,200 physicians, representing more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the system, which employs nearly 22,000 team members.

As a statutory teaching healthcare organization, Orlando Health hosts more than 325 residents and fellows including more than 40 who are enrolled at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Pharmacy programs.

In FY20, Orlando Health served nearly 150,000 inpatients and nearly 3.1 million outpatients. During that same time period, the organization provided approximately $760 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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