With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Florida, BayCare is taking the necessary precautions to serve its team members, patients and the community. For additional information, including links to our telemedicine platform BayCareAnywhere, please visit BayCare.org/Coronavirus.
Facility Closures and Changes
To best combat coronavirus, BayCare has shuttered some facilities to reposition its team members and resources. Several BayCare sites have been temporarily closed and some BayCare Urgent Care sites are just dealing with COVID-19.
See a list of facility closures and changes below.
BayCare Health System will resume all non-urgent surgeries and procedures at its acute care hospitals in Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties, effective August 3.
The change impacts the following hospitals: St. Anthony’s, Morton Plant, Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant North Bay, Winter Haven, Winter Haven Women’s and Bartow Regional Medical Center.
BayCare’s hospitals in Hillsborough County will resume all non-urgent surgeries and procedures at its six acute care hospitals in Hillsborough County on Monday, Aug. 10, it . READ MORE.
BayCare’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers, which specialize in outpatient surgery and were closed under the earlier government ban on electives, will continue to operate.
BayCare Urgent Care provide a total care experience including X-rays, laboratories, EKGs and dispensing of certain medications. Find a list of locations and hours of operation.
Find the location closest to you and Save Your Spot® online.
To ensure the health of our patients and team members, we are screening patients before they enter our facilities. We ask that you practice social distancing while at our Patient Service Centers whenever possible. In addition, be aware we have enhanced our cleaning procedures. Surfaces in our Patient Service Centers are disinfected frequently throughout each day using CDC-recommended disinfectants.
Save Your Spot® at select laboratory locations.
Walk-in Care at Publix
Please note, in an effort to adjust to the demands of the population, hours could vary daily. Please call the location where you are seeking services prior to arrival.
To schedule an imaging appointment, call (855) 269-4333 or schedule online.
BayCare Fitness Centers will re-open its doors Wednesday, May 20 in accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement, allowing fitness centers to open at limited capacity across the Florida.
All four BayCare Fitness Centers will resume operation: Bloomingdale, Carillon, Cheek-Powell and Palm Harbor.
BayCare Medical Group
Physician Office Appointments
We are now offering safe and convenient telemedicine appointments based upon your medical history and specific needs. Learn more about our new telemedicine appointments here.
BayCare’s top priority is the health and safety of patients, physicians, and team members. To ensure everyone is protected, BMG has enhanced its standard safety processes and cleaning procedures based on safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of those measures include:
- Appointment registration and check-in completed online, prior to the office visit
- Appropriate pre-screening/triaging of patients and team members based on CDC guidelines
- All doctors, staff, and patients are required to wear masks while in the clinic
- Segregation of potential COVID-19 patients from other patients
- Minimizing or eliminating the time in the waiting room
- Patients who screen for COVID-19 who are acutely ill with signs of respiratory distress are being sent directly to the Emergency Room
- Clinics are being cleaned throughout the day with medical-grade sanitizers and antibacterial agents
- Seating in our waiting areas will be limited and reoriented to accommodate for appropriate social distancing
- Hand sanitizer is readily available for patients and staff
- All clinics are offering contact-free payment
- Visitors and guests are being limited to the patient’s parent or caregiver when needed
- All BayCare team members have their temperatures checked when they report to work every day. Team members that are symptomatic are not allowed to come to work.
Effective Wednesday, October 21, BayCare will expand visitation at 14 acute care hospitals to 1pm-8pm. The earlier start is in advance of the time change on Nov. 1, so visitors who wish to travel home before dark will still have extended time to visit.
All other limitations on visitation at BayCare hospitals remain in effect due to BayCare’s continued commitment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of patients, visitors, team members and physicians:
- Only visitors 18 years or older, who pass COVID-19 screening, are allowed entry. All visitors must wear a mask during their entire visit.
- Inpatients will be allowed one visitor per day from 1pm-8pm, except for the exceptions noted below.
- Extended hours and provisions are allowed for pediatric, neonatal intensive care, labor and delivery and mothers and newborns.
- No visitors will be allowed for Behavioral Health or COVID-19 patients.
- Patients arriving for surgeries and procedures will be allowed one visitor during pre-operation and recovery times.
- Emergency Department patients, except for those presenting with respiratory symptoms, will be allowed one visitor once they are placed in their treatment room.
- Special circumstances can be approved by hospital leadership on a case-by-case basis, including reasonable accommodation for patients with disabilities or special needs and to comply with applicable laws.
Note: BayCare’s Madonna Ptak Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center in Belleair and Mitchell Rehabilitation Center in New Port Richey are NOT impacted by this change and will continue to offer visitation in compliance with the state’s emergency rules for long-term care facilities. BayCare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin will also continue its visitation schedule of 3pm-8pm.
Tents have been set up outside our emergency department to triage patients who present with symptoms of COVID-19. This enables us to treat those patients but also safeguard other patients and our clinical teams from potential exposure to COVID-19.
Below is a list of cancellations and events or services that have been postponed.
Classes and Events
In order to reduce the risks of COVID-19, in an abundance of caution we are cancelling classes and events until further notice. For those paid events, you will receive a full refund for your registration.
St. Anthony's Triathlon
The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is postponing its weekend of events, scheduled for April 24-26, 2020. Organizers of the 37th annual event are working with the city of St. Petersburg and USA Triathlon (USAT) to find a date later this year.