HUDSON – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point celebrates its 40th anniversary this coming year and what better birthday gift to itself and the community than a new, high-tech surgery wing.
Work on Pasco County’s first Neuro Interventional program and Comprehensive Stroke Center at the hospital began a year ago and was recently completed. The 19,000-square-foot expansion to the Hudson facility is now open and serving patients. It includes new, larger operating rooms, a sterile processing department, and expansive post-anesthesia care unit. It also features the latest robotics technology to assist with surgical procedures.
“We are delighted with the results of this project, which showcases our commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of Pasco County and surrounding communities,” said Gina Temple, chief executive officer. “We are continuing to invest heavily in our surgical programs to ensure our surgeons have the latest tools and technology for optimal patient outcomes.”
The expansion project came in at $14.7 million, but the hospital also invested more than $5 million in operating room upgrades and technology, bringing the total investment to more than $20 million. The new equipment included minimally invasive robotic surgery platforms that are at the forefront of modern medical technology, said Kurt Conover, marketing director at the hospital.
“We’ve significantly expanded capabilities and added new services — especially with the robotics,” Conover said. “We’re excited to be able to have new technology and expanded surgical facilities.”
Conover said after 40 years and the demands of a growing county population, the hospital needed the space and capabilities.
“It’s nice to have the added room to spread out a little bit and to have a new, renovated space,” Conover said.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point remains the area’s only Level II Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. The hospital is busy, providing care to 82,000 patients in 2019, according to hospital figures. The hospital also contributes mightily to the local economy — its economic impact estimated at $179 million per year.
Opened in 1981, the hospital has 290 acute-care beds, 300 physicians, 1,264 employees and some 400 volunteers on its integrated healthcare delivery team. It’s designated a Statutory Teaching Hospital and has multiple accreditations, including one awarded for its cancer program from the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has received the Patient Safety Award from the Healthgrades organization four years running, and is in the top 5% in the country for patient safety.