A longtime hospital administrator with ties to the Suncoast was named on Thursday to lead St. Petersburg's newly formed Bayfront Health System.
Kathryn Gillette, the current CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center and a former CEO of what was then Community Hospital of New Port Richey and is now Medical Center of Trinity, will become CEO and market president of Bayfront Health System on April 1.
Gillette will arrive as the 100-year-old independent hospital in downtown St. Petersburg formerly known as Bayfront Medical Center transitions into a new role as part of the for-profit Health Management Associates hospital chain.
Late last year, the hospital — on city-owned land just south of downtown St. Petersburg — announced it was selling an 80 percent share to Health Management Associates, which owns 70 hospitals, including Pasco Regional Medical Center, in Dade City; and Spring Hill Regional Hospital and Brooksville Regional Hospital, both in Hernando County.
Bayfront's sale is emblematic of massive change in today's health care industry, and Gillette said she embraces the chance to turn Bayfront into the flagship of a new regional hospital group. The six HMA-owned community hospitals are in West Florida.
The move is a return of sorts for Gillette, 58, who was chief financial officer at Tampa General Hospital in the 1990s, during which time Hillsborough County allowed the public hospital to become a private nonprofit entity. Gillette took the CEO job at Osceola Regional Medical Center, in Kissimmee, after her time as Community Hospital chief executive. Both are owned by Nashville-based HCA.