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St. Anthony's Hospital's Foundation Legacy Dinner Features Dr. Patch Adams as Guest Speaker

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (January 6, 2011) - Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, best known for his work as a medical doctor, social activist and professional clown and also featured as the subject of the 1998 film starring Robin Williams, will be the guest speaker at the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation's Legacy Dinner.  The dinner will be held Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort Grand Ballroom. 

"Dr. Adams has devoted more than 30 years to changing America's health care system and believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process," says Robert Sherman, executive director of the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation. "It is a true honor to have Dr. Adams attend our annual dinner because he is such an inspiration and strong advocate for patient healing."

Dr. Adams is the founder of The Gesundheit! Institute, a not-for-profit health care organization that focuses on holistic medical care based on belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself.  Dr. Adams organizes a group of volunteers to travel in different countries to perform for orphans and patients as clowns.  

St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation honors outstanding service annually through the giving of two awards: the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award and the Roy G. Harrell, Jr. Leadership Award. These awards will be announced before the presentation by Dr. Adams.

Tickets for the dinner may be purchased online at or call (727) 825-1086 for more information or to purchase tickets over the phone.

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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