Hurricane Ian Update - Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Operations
- Emergency care is always available pending accessibility due to severe weather.
- Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Emergency Room – Pinellas Park closed at 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 27, due to it being in an evacuation zone. The main hospital emergency room remains open.
Elective Surgeries and Physician Practices
- All elective surgeries and procedures at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg facilities are canceled for Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 28.
- All Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Medical Group physician practices will be closed Wednesday, September 28 through Friday, September 30.
Information about visitation and family communications:
- Visitors at Bayfront St. Petersburg will be asked to leave by 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 27. For safety reasons, visitors will not be allowed back into the hospital until the storm has passed and the hospital has deemed it safe to return.
Information about valet service:
- Valet service at the Bayfront Health Medical Plaza closed Tuesday, September 27, at 5:00 pm.
Information for expectant moms:
Patient safety and security is our top priority. We recommend the following for expectant moms who are concerned about experiencing false labor or true labor while the Tampa Bay area is being impacted by Hurricane Ian:
- Expectant moms close to their due date should not come to the Baby Place at Bayfront Health, St. Petersburg ahead of the storm as a precaution, unless there is a medical emergency. If they are experiencing a medical emergency while it is still safe to travel, Baby Place’s triage department will evaluate them and determine the best treatment options.
- Expectant moms should contact their OB-GYN for advice about their specific condition. Their physician is the most knowledgeable about their patients’ circumstances and will be able to make personalized recommendations or contact the hospital to discuss specific options.
- Expectant moms who have a scheduled induction or Cesarean delivery during the storm timeframe should speak with their physician about the best plan of action.
- If expectant moms are in imminent labor or other medical distress during peak storm conditions, they should call 911 for further instruction.
- Before venturing out on area roadways, expectant moms should make sure they are safe and obey any curfews that may be implemented.
- Patient discharge and/or departure will depend on medical and weather conditions at that time.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg facilities will go on lockdown when determined by the county. This is due to the inability for safe travel during the storm. A lockdown means that all entry and exit point will be inaccessible except in emergency situations. The lockdown applies to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Hospitals cannot be treated as storm shelters. Please know that Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is in continuous communication with the National Weather Service, which enables us to make the best decisions possible.
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 https://www.bayfrontstpete.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.