The study identifies and prioritizes the major health needs of area residents and focuses on the geographic areas served by Bayfront Health. The needs assessment analyzed data, demographics, socio-economic factors and health service utilization, and was conducted in association with multiple community stakeholders. The findings are published in the attached report, which is a framework to help guide Bayfront Health, in collaboration with other community partners, to tailor health services that will improve the health and well-being of our citizens.
A century of history began in 1906 when a 15-bed clinic was built to serve as St. Petersburg's first centralized health care facility. Soon after, the five-room Good Samaritan Hospital was built and by 1910 the city had raised $10,000 in bond issues to build a 22-bed facility which was called Augusta Memorial. The former Good Samaritan Hospital became a separate facility to serve the city's African-American community.
In 1923, the hospital became known as Mound Park Hospital, eventually accommodating 725 beds, making it one of the finest hospitals in the southeastern United States at the time.
In 1968, the city exited the hospital business and leased the then-existing facilities to Bayfront Medical Center, Inc., a private, not-for-profit organization, renaming the hospital, Bayfront Medical Center.
Development continued in the mid-1980s with a new emergency/trauma center, new intensive care, neurology and cardiac care units, and a new obstetrics program with perinatal and nursery facilities. In the years to come, Bayfront earned a Level II emergency/trauma center designation and implemented the Bayflite Emergency Helicopter Transport System. Today, the Bayflite program services 13 counties and is the only Medical Flight program in the southeastern United States to carry blood.
From the very beginning, the hospital has had a rich history of service to our community. It has annually provided many millions of dollars in charity care, while continuing to provide the highest quality health care and contributing to our economic development.
In March 2015, Bayfront Health Education and Research Organization, Inc. renamed itself as Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Inc. The Foundation was converted from a public charity to a private health foundation. It has nearly $200 million to fund its mission and is the largest grant making foundation in St. Petersburg.
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