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TGH expands into Pasco County

TRINITY — Pasco County's health care market is about to get even more competitive.

Tampa General Hospital is set to open its first primary care facility outside of Hillsborough County. On Monday the Tampa General Medical Group Family Care Center Trinity will become the hospital's 12th primary care location.

The office is located at 2433 Country Place Blvd. and will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services include immunizations, physicals and management of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

The Pasco market, which for years has been underserved when it came to health care services, is now exploding.

Adventist Health, which for years owned Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, opened Wesley Chapel's first acute care hospital in 2012 after opening a long-term facility in Connerton. The Zephyrhills hospital has also opened a new women's health center and a brain and spine institute. HCA opened its new Medical Center of Trinity that same year after closing the old Community Hospital in New Port Richey. Its sister HCA hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, began a residency program after last year opening a Level 2 trauma center.

Baycare also expanded Morton Plant North Bay in New Port Richey, and Pasco Regional Medical Center doubled the size of its emergency department and became part of the Bayfront network when the HMA-owned chain was sold last year to Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. Also just over the Hillsborough line is St. Joseph's North, also part of Baycare.

The office is also the first Tampa General Family Care Center to offer on-site physical therapy for adults. Licensed physical therapists will be available beginning Oct. 27, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5 p.m.

Dr. Joyce Thomas, who is board certified in internal medicine, will provide medical care to patients 18 and older. She previously worked at the Family Care Center Kennedy in Tampa.