When BayCare Health System recognized a void in our community for patients who needed hospital-level care for an extended period of time, it began forming a plan to build a long term acute care hospital (LTCH) in north Pinellas County. An extended care hospital allows patients with complicated illnesses, on ventilators, or with serious wounds, to be moved out of intensive care units and into a facility with critical care specialists. The new BayCare hospital would serve the community by providing better care for chronic medical conditions requiring weeks of treatment, and it would free up much-needed beds in traditional, acute care hospitals.
The plan became a reality when BayCare identified available space within its Mease Dunedin Hospital facility. BayCare extensively renovated this section of the building to become a self-contained hospital named BayCare Alliant Hospital. Designed with its own entrance and dedicated medical facilities, a beautiful hospital-within-a-hospital was beginning to emerge.
BayCare Alliant's mission statement was established and is still used today: BayCare Alliant Hospital will provide excellence in care for patients with prolonged illnesses, recognizing that optimum healing requires a team approach to address medical, human and spiritual needs.
On March 8, 2008, BayCare Alliant Hospital opened its doors to its first patients. Our 48-bed hospital has since treated thousands of patients. We equip our staff with the latest knowledge and technologies required to treat the most serious conditions. We are well known throughout Tampa Bay for our ventilator-weaning success rate of 89.5 percent, and we look forward to applying this expertise to many other patients in the future.