Construction Begins to Expand Ambulance Bay at Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital Emergency Room

St. Petersburg, FL (June 27, 2023) – Construction to expand the ambulance bay that services the emergency department at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg has started. The work will impact traffic patterns in the area, including part of 6th Avenue South, eastbound through September. The westbound side will not be affected.

This project will ultimately widen the ambulance bay ramp to better accommodate our emergency services volumes and make it safer for patient unloading. The actual ramp will not be affected during this first phase of construction.

“As Pinellas County’s only level II trauma center, we’ve seen significant growth in emergency department volumes over time, hence the need for more space,” said Liz Lavelle Administrator Patient Care, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. “When this project is completed, our bay will be expanded to provide for eight ambulances at a time instead of the current four.”

The work, which is scheduled for completion next summer, does not involve the adjacent emergency department.


About Bayfront Health

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 $8.1 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 the St. Petersburg region – emergency services and trauma care.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,238-bed Orlando Health system that includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians.

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 FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 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 in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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