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New Patient Rooms at St. Anthony’s Hospital Offer Fresh Approach to Healing Environment

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2012) – On the heels of opening its new Emergency Center in January, St. Anthony’s Hospital has now opened 64 brand new private patient rooms that allow for family to be with patients throughout their stay.

The rooms are located on the second and third levels of the Franciscan Pavilion on the hospital’s campus. The 32 rooms on the second level opened Feb. 6 while the Pavilion’s third level contains another 32 rooms which opened Feb. 20. The Franciscan Pavilion also houses the Emergency Center on the first level. The emergency center opened Jan. 10.

Providing patients with privacy while allowing our team to continue giving excellent health care are key components of the Franciscan Pavilion patient rooms,” said Bill Ulbricht, president of St. Anthony’s. “We put an emphasis on providing a hotel-like environment with a focus on family-centered care.”

Each of the private patient rooms has a sleeper sofa so that family can stay with patients in their room. The rooms also have private bathrooms with showers. There are two televisions in each room – one for the patient and the other for visitors – and individual temperature controls in each room. Carpeted hallways help keep noise levels low.

Every room on both floors has a special track system to which a portable lift can be attached. It allows for patients with mobility issues to be lifted out of bed or for patients to reposition themselves.

Monitor technicians supervise all telemetry patient rhythms in the second floor central telemetry monitoring room. While there is a primary nurse’s station on each level, several smaller stations are situated around each floor to allow nurses and other clinicians to remain close to patients.

“As we designed these floors, we knew that having nurses nearby was important to patients and their families,” said Pat Sizemore, St. Anthony’s vice president of patient care services. “By being close and ready to handle situations as they arise, we will continue our mission of excellent, compassionate care.”

The Franciscan Pavilion was named in honor of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, who founded St. Anthony’s Hospital in 1931 and continue to bring the hospital’s mission to life. The Franciscan Sisters follow the way of life of St. Francis of Assisi, who realized all creation is formed by God and thus possesses great dignity and reverence. This was the basis of Francis’ love for every created being. This is the basis of St. Anthony’s Hospital’s traditions of respect, acceptance, and compassion for all.

For more information about St. Anthony’s Hospital, its new patient rooms or Emergency Center, please call (727) 953-6993 or go online to  

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. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and 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 2011 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 three consecutive times.

About BayCare Health System
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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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