BayCare is taking the necessary precautions to safely serve its team members, physicians, 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 will reposition its team members and resources as needed. If our facilities or services are currently impacted, you will find specific details 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.
As of June 14, BayCare has expanded visitation at our 14 acute care hospitals to allow patients to have multiple visitors per day during the hours of 8am-8pm. To ensure social distancing, only one visitor per patient is allowed in the hospital at a time.
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 at a time from 8am-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 a visitor during pre-operation and recovery times.
- Visitor capacity is limited in our emergency rooms. One visitor is allowed per patient, depending on capacity. If waiting areas become too crowded, visitors may be asked to wait outside until their patient is in a treatment room. Visitors aren't allowed to accompany COVID-19-positive patients or patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 until the patient is no longer in isolation/quarantine.
- 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.
When treating an emergency, time is of the essence. Debating whether to risk going to an emergency room during a heart attack, stroke or other health emergency—waiting even a few extra minutes—could be harmful. That’s why in all BayCare hospital emergency rooms, patients who have symptoms of COVID-19 are isolated from other patients. This helps keep emergency room patients and our team members safe.
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
After postponing the 2020 event, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon is planning to have an in-person race April 23 – 25, 2021. Race officials are planning a safe and healthy atmosphere and will make adjustments depending on how the pandemic is impacting our community at that time as needed. For registration and additional information, visit SATriathlon.com.