ST. PETERSBURG — Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the city’s oldest and largest hospital, announced two interim leaders as permanent on Monday.
Dr. Trina Espinola, who has been at Bayfront since 1993, is now the hospital’s chief medical officer. Lorraine Parker, who came to the hospital when it was purchased by Orlando Health in October, is chief nursing officer. Both had already been working in those respective roles, Bayfront said in a news release.
Espinola, an ear, nose and throat specialist, graduated from Tulane University. She practiced at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Tulane University Department of Surgery and Tulane University Department of Orolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery before arriving to Bayfront, where she has served two terms each as chief of staff and chief of surgery.
Bayfront said she “has a long history of service to the community and to the hospital,” pointing to her certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, as well as her fellowship with the American College of Surgeons. She has served various committee appointments, including on the Florida Board of Medicine, and has trained medical students and residents.
Parker, now permanent head of nursing at Bayfront, worked to improve the “culture of providing quality patient care” while serving in the interim role, the hospital said.
“As we all know from her short time here, Lorraine has a passion for health care and a tremendous heart,” said Bayfront Health St. Petersburg president John Moore. “She has been a great addition to the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg team.”
Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida, followed by a master’s degree of nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has been a nurse for 29 years and started as a nursing assistant, the news release said.
She went on to work in a variety of leadership roles, including at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
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