St. Petersburg, Florida – (December 22, 2020) – Northside Hospital will begin providing high risk caregivers the COVID-19 vaccine. This clinic will also to serve the caregivers of Largo Medical Center, Palms of Pasadena Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.
“Safety is a top priority for us. We are excited to have the opportunity to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to not only our caregivers at Northside, but to those of our sister HCA facilities in our community,” said Valerie Powell-Stafford, CEO Northside Hospital.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide our caregivers who are at the highest risk the protection these COVID-19 vaccines provide,” explained Dr. Larry Feinman, Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare West Florida. “We as caregivers are proud to lead the way out of this crisis by through vaccination and remaining vigilant about masking, social distancing, and handwashing as the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is growing across Tampa Bay, the state and the nation.
As additional supplies of vaccines become available, HCA Healthcare West Florida will add more clinics to ultimately offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all caregivers who wish to receive it. A recent HCA Healthcare West Florida survey showed that 88 percent of the responding caregivers wanted to be vaccinated.
About Northside Hospital
Serving the community since 1976, Northside Hospital is a 288-bed hospital, offering a full range of services including comprehensive and interventional stroke care, preventative and corrective cardiac care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment an ER 24/7®, and general surgery. As one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Atrial Fibrillation Certification (SCPC), our technologically advanced hospital allows our highly skilled physicians, nursing, and caregivers to serve our growing community. Northside Hospital is the first nationally recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pinellas County and nationally recognized for quality and safety by earning an ‘A’ Patient Safety grade from the Leapfrog Group Spring 2020. Our employees voted us a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in 2020. With campus-based specialized services including the Tampa Bay Heart Institute and the Neuroscience Institute for Interventional Neuroradiology and neurologic care, Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the community.