St. Petersburg hospital opens seniors-only ER

Published Aug. 20, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG— St. Petersburg General Hospital this week unveiled its "seniors ER," a four-room wing of the emergency department dedicated to the needs of older patients. The four exam rooms were outfitted with non-skid floors, softer lighting and tools such as magnifying glasses and hearing amplifers. The hospital, owned by HCA, also includes three seniors-only parking spaces and a seniors waiting area to "take them out of the hubub of the ER," said Diane Conti, director of the emergency department. St. Petersburg General's senior ER is a pilot project for HCA's west Florida division. About 20 percent of its patients are seniors.