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Hometown North Pinellas

By Times staff

BayCare receives Community Benefit Achievement Award

The Florida Hospital Association recently presented BayCare with a Community Benefit Achievement for its Medical Respite Program. The Community Benefit Achievement Award recognizes hospitals that have distinguished themselves through efforts to improve the health and well-being of their communities. BayCare won the award in the category of hospitals with more than 150 beds. St. Anthony’s Hospital opened the 10-unit Medical Respite Center in 2009 at Pinellas Hope. St. Anthony’s operates the program in collaboration with Catholic Charities and patients released from St. Anthony’s, Morton Plant, Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals can go to the center where they can temporarily reside in a casita, a small one-room housing unit, and receive daily care and support. Some clients simply need a stable place to regain their strength, while others need continued medical treatment. Clients who need such services as wound care, IV antibiotics or other medical treatment receive visits from BayCare Home Care Services.