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St. Anthony's Hospital Begins Construction On New Emergency Center And Patient Care Tower

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2010) -St. Anthony's Hospital has been part of the St. Petersburg community for almost 80 years and with a new major construction project, the hospital is preparing to continue its legacy of meeting the health care needs of the community well into the future. To do so, the hospital has begun construction on the new, approximately 100,000 sq.-ft. St. Anthony's emergency center and patient care tower.

"When complete, St. Anthony's new, expanded emergency center and patient care tower will help us to continue serving the health care needs of St. Petersburg," said William Ulbricht, president of St. Anthony's Hospital. "Led by a dedication to faith and charity, we have worked to improve the health of our community for many years.  We are eagerly anticipating the additional space, advanced technology and conveniences that our new facility will provide for our patients, their families, and our staff."

Patients visiting the new St. Anthony's Emergency Center will notice improvements such as:

  • 32 private patient exam rooms

  • 2 critical cardiac care exam rooms

  • Expedited triage and admissions with the goal of treating patients more quickly and efficiently

  • Design emphasis on patient privacy

  • Separate entrances for patients and ambulances

  • Spacious waiting room with comfortable seating, multiple TVs and wireless connectivity

  • Meditation room for solace and reflection

  • Advanced CT scanner, as well as imaging and lab facilities within the emergency center to help expedite diagnosis

"One of the most advanced changes offered by the design of the new emergency center is that we are emphasizing patient privacy," said Patricia Sizemore, vice president of patient services for St. Anthony's Hospital.

Plans for the St. Anthony's Patient Care Tower envision private patient care rooms. Both nurses and physicians have had the opportunity to contribute to the design process. "We are creating our new facility with patient needs and family comfort in mind," said Sizemore. "Careful thought has been given to every element of this significant opportunity to continue our legacy of care and plan for the future of our community."

The new emergency center will be on the east side of the historical main building in the hospital complex, which is bordered  by Fifth Avenue N, 14th Street, Ninth Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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