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St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Medallion Gala To Raise Funds for New Emergency Center

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (March 14, 2011) – The St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation annual Medallion Gala will be a celebration of the hospital’s 80-year history and a nod to its future with the construction of its new Emergency Center. Tickets are available now for the gala, which will be Saturday, April 16, 2011, in the Palm Court Ballroom of the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

The annual black-tie optional gala will begin at 6 p.m. and feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and dancing with live music from The Paradise Band. There will be a live auction featuring one item – a Faberge diamond and sapphire pendant from Bruce Watters Jewelers. Silent auction items include a two-night stay at the Don Cesar Resort; a Great Escape to a newly renovated beachfront villa on Madeira Beach; and a Weekend in the Country at the Gilchrist Club in Trenton, Fla., and much more.

Tickets are $225 per person. Event and table sponsorships also are available.

All proceeds benefit the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation which is conducting a capital campaign to fund the completion of the hospital’s new Emergency Center and Patient Care Tower. The $50-million facility features expedited triage and admission protocol to treat patients quickly and efficiently; 32 private examination rooms; and a centralized design with emphasis on patient privacy. The new 100,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in early 2012.

“Providing funding for the new Emergency Center will help the hospital continue its mission of health care excellence in St. Petersburg,” said Charles Osterholt III, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation chairman. “Looking to 2012 and beyond, the new facility will be able to meet so many needs for our community.”

To purchase tickets, learn more about sponsorship opportunities or for more information, please call the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation office at (727) 825-1086 or visit the Foundation’s website at StAnthonysFoundation.org. Please RSVP by Friday, April 8.

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. As St. Anthony’s celebrates its 80th year in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award. St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR two consecutive times.

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 www.BayCare.org.

Contact: Sherry Robinson, (727) 825-1445 Phone; (727) 257-7052 Pager