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Bayfront Health St. Petersburg to be sold to Orlando Health

Tampa Bay Times logo Tampa Bay Times 6/26/2020 By Megan Reeves, Tampa Bay Times
a sign in front of a building: BayFront Health St. Pete hospital at 701 6th St. South on Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg. © DIRK SHADD/Times/Tampa Bay Times/TNS BayFront Health St. Pete hospital at 701 6th St. South on Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG — Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is set to be sold to private hospital company Orlando Health, pending a vote by the City Council on July 9.

The news comes from Community Health Systems Inc., which owns Bayfront, the city’s lone trauma center and oldest hospital that sits on city-owned land. The 480-bed facility is a “safety net” hospital, meaning it provides care to all, regardless of insurance status.

Community Health Systems signed an agreement with Orlando Health on Thursday, according to the company’s news release. It said Orlando Health will take over operations and the long-term lease Community Health Systems holds with the city to run the hospital, so long as council members approve next month.

A copy of the proposed lease obtained by the Tampa Bay Times shows it would run for 50 years.

The lease says Orlando Health must continue to “provide charity care to needy and underserved persons” and at all times provide care to “those who may otherwise be unable to afford or obtain care due to various possible adverse circumstances.”

Orlando Health representatives declined to be interviewed for this story and instead released a statement outlining the basics of the agreement. It said the sale is expected to be final by September 30.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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