St. Petersburg City Council members react to sale of Bayfront's parent company
One City Council member is concerned that the new owners of Bayfront Health System are being bought by another hospital chain.
Tennessee-based Community Health Systems announced Tuesday that it had agreed to purchase Health Management Associates of Naples, Bayfront's owner. The deal was valued at $3.9 billion.
Council member Steve Kornell said he worries Community Health will put profits ahead of providing charity care to the public. He said he has heard reports that the chain believes Bayfront is an underperforming hospital.
"It is very concerning to me," Kornell said. "The level of charity care needs to increase, not go down."