Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Physician Performs 100th Inspire Sleep Therapy Procedure

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St. Petersburg, FL (September 19, 2022)- Bayfront Health St. Petersburg physician Julia Pfaff, DO just performed her 100th Inspire procedure to treat a patient suffering from sleep apnea. The device is an option for patients who may be looking for an alternative to using a CPAP machine to help with their condition. Inspire therapy works by a having a device implanted in the body. It’s designed to open the airway each time the patient initiates a breath. It prevents airway obstruction from the inside out as patients sleep. Patients control the device with a remote control, turning it on just before bed and switching it off when they wake up. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Pfaff has been performing Inspire sleep therapy treatments since 2021.

“We have seen that Inspire has changed the lives and overall well-being of patients who have been looking for an alternative to wearing a mask while sleeping” said Dr. Trina Espinola, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Chief Medical Officer. “As the only place in St. Petersburg, where you can receive Inspire therapy, we have seen tremendous results with patients telling us how it has changed their sleeping patterns and even helped some of their psychological and mental health issues.”

Dr. Pfaff performed her 100th Inspire procedure on August 31, 2022.

For high-resolution images marking this milestone click here.

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 $8 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 the St. Petersburg region – 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 10 award-winning hospitals, 9 hospital based ERs, including Central Florida’s only Level I Trauma Center, and 7 free-standing emergency rooms; 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 FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,200 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the system, which employs more than 23,000 team members.

Orlando Health’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program hosts more than 350 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 FY21, Orlando Health served more than 160,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided approximately ¬¬¬$648 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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