Florida Hospital Hurricane Irma Updates

September 9, 2017

 The safety of our patients, visitors and employees is of the utmost importance. Updates about hospital and out-patient facility operations will be updated as needed.


UPDATE: Sept. 12, 2017, 7:21 p.m.


Florida Hospital Emergency Rooms are feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma with a storm of patients needing medical care since curfews have been lifted by emergency management officials.  There are many easy, convenient, and less expensive ways to access health care beyond an emergency room for minor illnesses and injuries.


We know that many people have lost power and may be confined to their homes or a shelter, so we want to help them seek the medical care they need, wherever they are.  We are responding to our community by extending our eCare visits for FREE (regularly $49 per visit) through Friday, September 15th at 8:00 pm.  An eCare visit is a live, secure tele-health medical provider visit and is ideal for the following conditions:

. Skin Conditions

. Minor Injuries

. Lower Back Pain

. Infections

. Urinary Tract Infection

. Allergies

. Coughs, Colds, Bronchitis and Flu

. Sinus and Upper Respiratory Infections

. Pink Eye


It’s simple to use.  Download the free app on any smartphone or tablet by searching, “eCare” or “Florida Hospital eCare” and then follow the directions to request an eCare visit with a Florida Hospital medical provider. Most eCare visits are available in less than 10 minutes from the time of request.


Tampa Bay, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hardee & Highlands Counties:

 A convenient way to be treated for minor emergencies is by walking in at any of our six convenient Florida Hospital Centra Care Urgent Care locations, or scheduling an appointment online at centracare.org or calling toll free at (844) 259-6090.  The only location that has not yet reopened is the South Tampa Centra Care Urgent Care on Dale Mabry due to a power outage.  We will advise when it is up and running again. Here are the six locations in Tampa Bay:


Centra Care: Brandon/Riverview

10222 Bloomingdale Ave
Riverview, FL 33578


Centra Care: Carrollwood

4001 W. Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33624


Centra Care: Citrus Park

6930 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33625

Centra Care: South Tampa (As of 9/12/2017 at 6 p.m. this urgent care remains closed due to power outage) 301 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33609


Centra Care: Temple Terrance

5802 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33617


Centra Care: Wesley Chapel

1127 Bruce B Downs Blvd.

Wesley Chapel, FL 33543



TARPON SPRINGS, FL Sept. 12, 2017 — Florida Hospital North Pinellas will reopen for patient care on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00am.  The hospital closed on September 9 in an abundance of caution due to the increasing threat of Hurricane Irma to the area.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas experienced some damage to the exterior of the building as a result of Hurricane Irma. Architect and engineer assessments confirmed there was no structural damage. The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) has approved the hospital to reopen. Repairs have been mobilized and are expected to take approximately two weeks for completion.

“I am incredibly proud of our entire team for their hard work and dedication to our patients, our hospital, and the community throughout this challenging time,” says Tricia Williams, President and CEO of Florida Hospital North Pinellas. “I am extremely thankful to everyone who has worked quickly and diligently to help us reopen the hospital rapidly.  We are excited and ready to start serving our community and patients again.”   

Here are the latest updates on additional Florida Hospital North Pinellas operations:


. The Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER located at 34106 US 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 remains open.

. Florida Hospital North Pinellas Wound Healing Institute of Trinity opened today, Tuesday, September 12.

. The Wound Care Center in Tarpon Springs will open on Wednesday, September 13.

. PT Solutions, a physical therapy service of Florida Hospital North Pinellas, remains open in the East Lake and Trinity locations. The Palm Harbor location is still closed due to power outages.

. Several Florida Hospital Physician Group practices opened today, September 12 at 12:00pm.  For information on a specific office location, please call (844) 362-2329.



UPDATE: Sept. 12, 2017, 7:08 a.m.

Volusia and Flagler counties: 

. Florida Hospital New Smyrna Emergency Department is open.

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017 — Legions of Florida Hospital employees – from Tampa Bay to Orlando to the East Coast – are returning home Monday evening after working throughout Hurricane Irma.

As the storm approached, dedicated medical teams performed transplants and other life-saving procedures. Their work continued as Irma battered Florida, including delivering several babies.

“I am so impressed with our team working through the day and night in harsh conditions,” said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital and the Central Florida Division of Adventist Health System. “Their personal sacrifice is a testament to their dedication to our community and carrying out our mission.”

Said Mike Schultz, president and CEO of Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System: “Our team was well-prepared and responded quickly to ensure we could maintain continuity of care for all of our patients during the storm. I couldn’t be more grateful or thankful for the incredible work they did during an incredibly challenging time. We are blessed to have a great team that is dedicated to providing care for the communities that we serve.”

Here are the latest updates on hospital operations:


. Centra Care, Florida Hospital’s Urgent Care locations are being inspected and will open Tuesday, if there is power and water at the respective facility.

. The Lake Buena Vista Centra Care Urgent Care location is open.

. Patients can access urgent-care services on their phone or tablet through Florida Hospital’s eCare app which provides virtual physician care visits. This service, which is designed for minor injuries and conditions such as allergies, infections, cold and flu, will be offered free of charge through Tuesday evening, Sept. 12. The Florida Hospital eCare app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store on iTunes.

Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties:

· All hospitals are open. Elective procedures/surgeries will resume Tuesday as scheduled.

· However, because some services may be limited at individual campuses in the tri-county area, we recommend all patients call ahead to confirm appointment or service.

· Florida Hospital Medical Group practices will be open unless the office is without power and water. Patients should call the office to confirm operating hours and appointments.

· Florida Hospital Waterman’s inpatient services are operational and outpatient services will resume Wednesday.

Volusia and Flagler counties:

· Florida Hospital HealthCare Partner physician offices will be closed Tuesday.

· Florida Hospital Oceanside outpatient services including laboratory, imaging, rehabilitation and emergency services remain closed. 

. Outpatient services including laboratory, imaging, rehabilitation and emergency services will remain closed. 

· Florida Hospital New Smyrna’s Emergency Department will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Hospital inpatient services will open Wednesday at 7 a.m. Outpatient services will begin with limited services Wednesday.  

Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Highlands and Hardee counties:

· Florida Hospital Carrollwood is open and has resumed normal visiting hours. Elective surgeries, outpatient imaging and outpatient laboratory will resume on Tuesday.

. Florida Hospital at Connerton, Long Term Acute Care is open.

. Florida Hospital North Pinellas remains closed. Hospital officials are working with state officials to reopen as soon as possible this week. 

. Florida Hospital North Pinellas Wound Healing Institute of Trinity will open on Tuesday.

. The Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER is open.

. Florida Hospital Tampa is open. Elective surgical cases and outpatient procedures will resume on Tuesday.

. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is open. Outpatient/elective procedures, rehabilitation and imaging tests will resume as scheduled.

. The Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will open on Tuesday.

. The Center for Women’s Health will open on Tuesday.

. Outpatient Rehabilitation will open on Tuesday.

. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is open. Elective surgery, laboratory, imaging and interventional procedures will resume on Tuesday.

. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills’ Center for Wound Healing and Nuclear Medicine will resume operations on Wednesday.

. Florida Hospital Physician Group – Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties: All locations will open Tuesday at 12 p.m. Patients are encouraged to call the office in the morning to confirm their appointment prior to arriving at the following physician practices:


Hillsborough County

Dr. Robert and Dr. Adela Oliva in Brandon

Dr. Yvonne Santiago in Carrollwood

Pasco County

Dr. Danielle Albritton in Dade City

Dr. Jayapriya Raj in Dade City

Pinellas County

Dr. Greg Baker & Dr. Paula Knapp Baker in East Lake

Dr. Glenn Lura in New Port Richey

Dr. Louis Astra in Tarpon Springs

Dr. Raj Kotak in Tarpon Springs

Dr. Douglas Reintgen in Tarpon Springs

Dr. Effie Pappas Politis in Tarpon Springs

Dr. Craig Burns in Palm Harbor

Dr. Jacqueline Fernandes in Palm Harbor

Dr. Giovanni Jubiz in Palm Harbor

Dr. Norman Abbott in Palm Harbor

Dr. Angelo Cappiello in Holiday

Dr. David Fine in Palm Harbor

. Patients are encouraged to call (844) 397-0018 for information on the reopening of all Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens clinics.

. The following Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens clinics will be closed Tuesday:

3851 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703

2115 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33610

128 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511

6560 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, FL 33771

33670 US Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684

. Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula are open.

. Florida Hospital Outpatient Services, which includes imaging services, laboratory services, and wound care clinics will open on Wednesday.

. Florida Hospital Health Partners physician offices will reopen on Wednesday.