BayCare 2021 Report to the Community

BayCare team members care for a COVID-19 patient in the Morton Plant Hospital intensive care unit in August 2021. John Pendygraft | Tampa Bay Times

BayCare exists to serve our community’s health, a mission that focused our efforts through a second year of a global pandemic. But that mission also shaped our efforts in 2021 to ensure that West Central Florida will continue to have a strong not-for-profit health care system for years to come – from transforming health care to be more accessible, efficient and effective; to providing more behavioral health services; to constructing new facilities; to leading efforts around food insecurity and nutrition. Read on to learn more about how we cared for the community in 2021 and about our plans for the future.

a woman wearing a facemask looking through a window at the covid ward

From Our President/CEO and Board Chairman

“2021, just like the year before, brought unprecedented challenges for the health care industry, including BayCare, and our community… In this report, you can learn a lot about what our year was like, but also about what the future holds.”

Photo: John Pendygraft, Tampa Bay Times

Transforming Health Care

BayCare is examining everything we do for our patients, finding ways to provide even better outcomes but also to care for them more comfortably and more efficiently. See how our expertise has transformed one community hospital.
a clinician helping a young patient in the baycare surgical theater
an aerial photo of the construction of baycare wesley chapel

Growing to Serve Our Communities

Though 2021 brought many challenges, BayCare stayed on track with plans to build two new hospitals and expand others to ensure our exceptional level of care wherever we are needed. Watch us grow!

Filling a Care Gap

The pandemic worsened what was already a mental health crisis in the United States. During 2021, BayCare made major commitments to serve thousands more behavioral health patients and train more providers. Read how our help arrived just in time for one family.
woman sitting across the table speaking with her physician
a member of the foodbags community benefit holding a bag

Serving Community Needs

Nutritious food is the first medicine, and with hunger a problem throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare launched a major push to address food insecurity, offering a “Healing Bag” of food to patients leaving our hospitals, funding food pantries in public schools, and more.

Building a Care Team for Today and Tomorrow

BayCare’s almost 28,000 team members and physicians confronted 2021’s Delta variant surge and labor shortages but found ways to provide compassionate care to all, as the organization also began addressing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
a man and a woman at a BayCare Hiring Event wearing masks
a clinical worker in full protective equipment at the pasco testing site

2021 Highlights

From January, when BayCare reached 385,000 COVID-19 tests provided at its public testing sites, through December, when we opened our fourth HealthHub in Land O’ Lakes, it was a busy year. Check out our 2021 Highlights timeline.

Financial Highlights

As a community-owned, not-for-profit health care system, we provide an annual summary of our revenue and expenditures.
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By the Numbers

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