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Tampa health care giant takes over ownership of behavioral health center

The deal went into effect Jan. 1.

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BayCare Health System has announced it now owns Northside Behavioral Health Center in Tampa, after seven years of managing the facility. Terms of the deal, which went into effect Jan. 1, weren't disclosed. 

Renamed BayCare Northside Behavioral Health Center, the center provides individuals and families comprehensive, innovative and affordable behavioral health care services, according to a statement. 

"Behavioral health care is essential for the total health of all patients," BayCare President and CEO Stephanie Conners says in the release. "We are stronger together, leveraging BayCare's resources to support Northside's commitment to meeting patients where they are."

All employees were given the opportunity to continue their jobs as part of BayCare, the release states. Director of Operations Kristy Hust will continue overseeing services in locations throughout Hillsborough County including counseling, residential programs, crisis stabilization and the Florida Assertive Community Team. 

"We are thrilled to add more than 100 former Northside employees to our BayCare family," says Gail Ryder, BayCare's vice president of behavioral health, in the statement. "We know this team and they know our patients. We're all focused on the same goal and have shared the same leadership team for years, so I expect a seamless transition as we continue providing extraordinary care for all we serve."

BayCare generates nearly $5 billion in annual revenue and has more than 27,700 team members. It primarily operates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties and, in addition to its 15 hospitals, it has relationships with more than 5,800 local community physicians and other providers. In 2021 BayCare publicly launched efforts to improve its capacity and commitment to patients in light of increasing community need. 


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