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Suncoast Medical Clinic and St. Anthony’s Healthcare Announce Partnership for Better Coordinated Care and Improved Quality

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 12, 2011 -- Suncoast Medical Clinic and St. Anthony’s Healthcare today announced a new affiliation to enhance patient care coordination and improve quality of care. Although St. Anthony’s and Suncoast have worked informally together for years, this affiliation creates a closer collaboration that offers patients seamless transition between different levels of care and services.

“We’ve always had a very patient-centered approach at Suncoast,” said Dr. Mark Gordon, president, Suncoast Medical Clinic and a practicing Urologist, “but patients want more coordination between outpatient and inpatient care so our goal is to provide it to them. When we approach patient care with an aligned vision, closer coordination, and an integrated process, patients will benefit from increased efficiency and improved quality.”

In the new model the majority of the current Suncoast physicians will be employed by an associated company of St. Anthony’s Healthcare, SC Physicians LLC. Additionally, there will be other physicians working on a contract basis.

Most of the physicians of Suncoast are already on the medical staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital, so the initial transition will be imperceptible to patients. St. Anthony’s EMR (electronic medical record) is linked to the entire BayCare system, so patient records will be available to the care team in any of Bay Care’s 10 hospitals, outpatient facilities or services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care.

St. Anthony’s Hospital president William Ulbricht agreed. “This partnership will increase value and reduce fragmentation in a manner that is in keeping with what patients want out of their health care and will help us continue our commitment to improving the health of the community.”

Suncoast will remain in its current location and expects to move to a new location on the St. Anthony’s campus in 2013. The planning and groundbreaking of that facility is anticipated to occur this year. For some of the Suncoast physicians, the move to the St. Anthony’s campus will be a homecoming. Suncoast Medical Clinic was born out of a 1997 merger of the county’s two largest multispecialty physician practices: Suncoast Medical Clinic and St. Petersburg Medical Clinic. St. Petersburg Medical Clinic was located on the St. Anthony’s campus at one time.

About Suncoast Medical Clinic
Suncoast Medical Clinic is South Pinellas County’s largest physician medical group serving the St. Petersburg community for nearly six decades. Its specialties include primary care, cardiology, general surgery, gastroenterology, vascular surgery, neurology, dermatology, nephrology, allergy, urology, infectious disease, pulmonology, rheumatology, pain management and endocrinology.

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.

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 200 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.

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