USF Health and HCA to Announce Affiliation Monday, November 15th

What: USF Health and HCA leaders will sign a unique affiliation agreement benefiting Florida trauma care patients.
Who: Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, CEO of USF Health and Dean, College of Medicine - David J. Smith, Jr., MD, Richard G. Connar Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery - Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI, President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer, HCA

When: Monday, November 15, 2010, at 11 a.m.  
Where: USF Health Carol & Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare  
13330 USF Laurel Drive, Tampa FL – on the USF Campus ***directions are at the end of the alert
Why: Learn more about USF Health and HCA’s new affiliation agreement for trauma care and research at five Florida HCA hospitals.

About USF Health

USF Health ( is dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health. It includes the University of South Florida’s colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health; the schools of biomedical sciences as well as physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group. With more than $394.1 million in research grants and contracts in FY2009/2010, the University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community-engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

About HCA in Florida

HCA is a comprehensive network of 38 hospitals operating 9,800 licensed beds, 33 outpatient surgery centers, numerous imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education and training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in communities throughout Florida.  HCA Florida hospitals cared for more than 3.4 million patients, which included more than 1.5 million visits to our Emergency Rooms (ER) and more than 466,000 hospital admissions.  Our close to 10,000 physicians on staff and more than 41,000 employees provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately.  Our parent company, HCA, is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services.  

Directions to the USF Carol & Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare
From I-275:   
•         Take Fletcher Ave. Exit 52 and proceed east
•         Continue on Fletcher Ave. crossing over Bruce B. Downs
•         Turn right at next light at USF Magnolia Drive and continue to first traffic light
•         Turn left at USF Holly Drive
•         Turn left immediately at USF Laurel Drive
•         Turn left into the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare and park curbside near valet