2021 Highlights

a woman wearing PPE at the Pasco County testing site


BayCare reaches 385,000 COVID-19 tests provided at its drive-through and walk-up testing sites since testing opened in March 2020.

BayCare Medical Group primary care physicians begin providing first doses of the new coronavirus vaccines to patients 65 and older.


A three-year, $120 million expansion of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South (SJHS) is completed and includes a new neonatal intensive care unit.

BayCare opens a temporary COVID-19 vaccination clinic to vaccinate medically vulnerable individuals at greatest risk of serious illness or death.

a photo of the neonatal intensive care unit at st josephs hospital south
a woman sitting in front of a fence with a mans hands on her shoulders


BayCare and Catholic Charities partner to provide coronavirus vaccination clinics for individuals living in underserved communities, including seasonal farmworkers.

BayCare is named one of the 2021 Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma™ by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine, ranked 7th out of 28 large companies on the list.


The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit, recognizes BayCare for achievements in promoting patient safety.

For the third year, BayCare is placed in the top 20 percent of large U.S. health care systems by FORTUNE/IBM Watson Health. Several BayCare hospitals also make the 100 Top Hospitals list.

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE name BayCare one of the 2021 100 Best Companies to Work For.

a female clinical worker helping an elderly male patient
a photo of a PET CT Scan machine


BayCare is first in the region to acquire a world-class digital PET/CT scanner, which scans more quickly and provides more accurate images.

BayCare wins approval to operate a Graduate Medical Education program in psychiatry at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital for up to 24 physician residents.


More than 600 applicants attend BayCare’s largest-ever recruitment event held outdoors at the BayCare Ballpark.

BayCare and Catholic Charities celebrate a new, permanent location for the La Esperanza Clinic in Wimauma with a blessing and ribbon cutting. The clinic serves patients without health insurance.

BayCare employees helping people sign in to a BayCare job fair event
a man and woman wearing hard hats and hoisting a girder


A topping-out ceremony is held for BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel, which is under construction in east Pasco County. It’s BayCare’s 16th hospital.


With COVID-19 surging across the country, a Tampa Bay Times reporter and photographer spend a day at Morton Plant Hospital for a story that will publish in September, “12 Hours in a COVID-19 ICU.” Also, “NBC Nightly News” reports from a COVID unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

BayCare surgeon explains use of virtual reality (VR) to prepare for complex surgeries.

a photo of Gabe G standing in front of cameras at st josephs hospital
a woman wearing scrubs and a facemask reading a book to an infant


BayCare leaders read storybooks to babies in the St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit to observe annual NICU Awareness Month.

A CNN news crew films inside a St. Anthony’s Hospital intensive care unit and interviews clinicians about their struggle to save COVID-19 patients.

The Bilheimer Tower, part of a $156 million expansion of Mease Countryside Hospital, opens.


A groundbreaking ceremony for the new, larger South Florida Baptist Hospital is held in Plant City. 

BayCarePlus Medicare Advantage, a subsidiary of BayCare Health System, receives top five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

BayCare receives a $3 million grant to improve access to behavioral health services in Pasco County

BayCare opens the first application period for candidates for its new pediatrics residency program.

a line of shovels resting against a wall
a series of high tech robotic medical equipment


St. Joseph’s Hospital-South earns accreditation as a Center of Excellence in robotic surgery.

FORTUNE/IBM Watson Health names St. Joseph’s Hospital to its list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States. 


BayCare HealthHub (Land O’ Lakes) opens in Pasco County. This is the fourth BayCare HealthHub.

BayCare announces that BayCare Physician Partners Accountable Care Organization earned a 97.88 (out of 100) quality care rating from the Medicare Shared Savings Program, while saving Medicare an estimated $13 million.

BayCare Medical Group receives three gold achievement awards from the American Heart Association for efforts to help patients reduce risk of heart disease and stroke.

a photo of the new baycare healthhub in land o lakes