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Bayfront Health to build women’s health center in St. Pete

Veronica Brezina

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A rendering of the new Bayfront Health women's pavilion. Image provided.

Bayfront Health will build a state-of-the-art women’s health center at its St. Petersburg campus. 

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is partnering with Women’s Care, a top ob-gyn provider, to provide services for the new 60,000-square-foot facility, which will be built at 700 6th St. South on the east side of the hospital’s campus. 

Women’s Care will provide many of its service lines in the new three-story outpatient care pavilion, including urogynecology.

“We don’t have a center solely focused on women’s health needs [in the immediate area],” Bayfront Health President St. Petersburg John Moore said. “Women’s Care, one of the largest ob-gyn groups in the state, is a well-known provider we’ve worked with.” 

Bayfront Health has an existing relationship with Women’s Care through Bayfront’s ob-gyn residency program. 

“We are proud to partner with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg to deliver expert ob-gyn and specialty services. The partnership aligns with our dedication to supporting the health and well-being of women in the local community,” Ellen Bower, chief operating officer at Women’s Care, said in Bayfront Health’s news release. “As we rapidly expand nationwide as a leading U.S. women’s health care group, we are committed to providing an environment that creates a holistic patient experience and the state-of-the-art women’s pavilion will help make this possible in Tampa Bay.” 

The Women’s Care group, which has more than 100 outpatient locations across the state, was looking to house some of its local operations under one location, which it will be able to achieve inside the new building. 

The pavilion will also be near Bayfront Baby Place, located within Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Baby Place provides perinatal services to pregnant women with high-risk diagnoses and obstetric concerns. 

Construction for the new pavilion is expected to commence by the end of the year and will open in early fall 2024.

The hospital has selected Jacksonville-based Haskell Inc. as the general contractor to design and construct the facility.

Moore said he couldn’t disclose the project’s costs, as the group is currently in negotiations. The Bayfront Health team is also developing a plan about how the new pavilion could connect into the main 480-bed hospital building. 

The project is one of several expansions and improvements Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is undergoing since the parent group, Orlando Health, took control of the hospital campus in 2020. The group is currently renovating floors, patient rooms and nursing units inside the main building. Bayfront Health is also building a freestanding emergency department and medical pavilion on 66th Street, which is expected to be completed next year. 

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