HCA Physician Services and Largo Medical Center Acquire Local Cardiology Experts

HCA Physician Services and Largo Medical Center are proud to announce the employment of four talented cardiologists in the area. The new HCA Physician Services office is called The Heart Institute at Largo. It is conveniently located at 1345 West Bay Drive – Suite 101 in Largo, just east of the hospital.

“As part of Largo Medical Center’s vision to be a nationally renowned academic medical center always providing compassionate care and service, the addition of this physician group will provide our community with an enhanced level of cardiovascular care,” said Anthony Degina, hospital CEO. “This relationship also provides us the opportunity to be involved in some of the most groundbreaking research today.”

The Heart Institute at Largo physicians are well-respected, long-time members of our local healthcare community. The group includes:

  • Jesse Klein, DO – Interventional Cardiologist
  • Merrill Krolick, DO – Interventional Cardiologist
  • Ronald Walsh, DO – Interventional Cardiologist
  • Jeffrey Steinhoff, MD – Cardiologist

“We are ecstatic to join with HCA Physician Services and Largo Medical Center,” said Jesse Klein, DO, Interventional Cardiologist. “This allows for infinite solutions in both the delivery of exceptional patient care and in our training of future cardiologists.”

The Heart Institute at Largo will work diligently with the cardiovascular team at Largo Medical Center to provide clinical excellence in disease prevention and education, diagnosis and treatment. HCA Physician Services offices like these are comprised of locally managed physician practices throughout West Florida, ranging from primary and general medicine including specialists and surgeons. With the addition of these highly skilled cardiologists of The Heart Institute at Largo, HCA Physician Services now has 23 cardiologists and five cardiovascular surgeons in our community allowing us to provide comprehensive cardiac care to the communities we serve.

Edward White Hospital Promotes Roger Haney to VP of Operations

Edward White Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of Roger Haney to Vice President of Operations. Roger served as the Vice President of Human Resources. He has been with HCA for more than 6 years, having previously worked at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Englewood Community Hospital.

Edward White Hospital is lucky to have Roger Haney as a senior leader,” said Sharon Hayes, President and CEO of Edward White Hospital. “His positive attitude and commitment to quality will be an asset to everyone we serve.”

Roger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is married with two children. Roger’s first day, in his new role at Edward White Hospital, was March 16.

One of Florida’s Largest Teaching Hospitals is Approved to Open Highly Specialized Adult Kidney Transplant Program

On World Kidney Day, Largo Medical Center announced it has been approved to offer one of the most highly specialized adult kidney transplant programs on the west coast of Florida. The program will serve the state’s Transplantation Area 2 comprised of 13 counties. A kidney transplant is an operation where a person with a diseased or failing kidney receives a donated kidney from a living or deceased donor. The new kidney assists in removing toxins from a patient’s blood enabling them to live longer, without kidney dialysis.

“In order to continue to grow as a teaching hospital, having a program of this scope and complexity, benefits the patients, family members and friends of those who need it most,” said Anthony Degina, Largo Medical Center, Chief Executive Officer. “One benefit to opening the program at our hospital is that it breaks down realistic geographic barriers for the millions of people in our service area who currently must travel a longer distance for kidney transplant services.”

Graduate Studies has launched a new Masters In Health Services Administration (MHSA) Program. The MHSA Program is preparing physicians and other health professionals to improve their office management skills as well as to gain experience for new administrative career opportunities.

The curriculum provides training in strategic planning, professional communications, financial management, employee supervision and motivation, and customer satisfaction – keys to building a successful clinical practice or managing a healthcare facility.

MHSA is organized to enable the professional to complete the requirements for the MHSA degree in eighteen months, while continuing to practice. With the exception of 120 hours of on-site education during three separate one-week sessions, the remainder of the curriculum is completed online through distance learning.

“As one of the largest post graduate academic centers in Florida, we are excited about the opportunity to support Largo Medical Center’s kidney transplant program with the development of a nephrology fellowship, “said Anthony Ottaviani, DO, MPH, Chief Academic & Designated Institutional Officer. “This will enhance the hospital’s commitment to our community through service and educating tomorrow’s physicians today.”

Nephrology is the specialty of medicine that concerns itself with the study of normal kidney function, kidney problems, dialysis and transplantation.

During the 4th quarter of 2013, Largo Medical Center filed a kidney transplant program letter of intent and application. This month Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) granted the hospital’s certificate of need request. The program is expected to be operational in 2015. Largo Medical Center is one of only eight hospitals statewide approved to provide kidney transplant services.


Groundbreaking Set for Wednesday, April 9 at 8:15 a.m.

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(CLEARWATER, FL, – April 7, 2014) — Largo Medical Center, an HCA West Florida hospital, will expand access to emergency care in Clearwater in the fall of 2014 with the opening of a freestanding emergency department in central Pinellas County called Clearwater ER. The site is located at 2339 Gulf to Bay Blvd. The media is invited to attend the groundbreaking of Clearwater ER slated for Wednesday, April 9 at 8:15 a.m.

Located on a 2.4-acre site, the 10,600-square-foot, one-story facility is expected to serve more than 18,000 patients a year. The $8 million ER will feature 11 exam rooms and initially employ 41 full-time staff members and six full-time physicians.

“Largo Medical Center is committed to expanding healthcare access in central Pinellas County by bringing world-class emergency services to our community,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer of Largo Medical Center. “We look forward to providing patients more options for high-quality, convenient emergency care.”

The freestanding facility will operate as a full-service emergency room providing 24/7 care, with dedicated trauma and CT scan rooms as well as laboratory and imaging services. Devenney Group is serving as the project’s architect. Bradenton-based PHM Group is the general contractor.

“For the more than 35,000 residents living closest, the Clearwater ER will be one of their greatest assets during an emergency,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos. “The city is excited about the opening of this emergency room this coming fall.”


(St Petersburg, FL, May 19, 2014) St Petersburg General Hospital honored three deserving people on April 30, 2014. Volunteer Terry Budniak, employee Gigi Laursen, RN, and physician David A. LeVine, MD received the highest award given by HCA, the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award. The annual awards were given out at a hospitalwide presentation. The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr. (1910 – 1998), a founder of HCA, this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

The volunteer award recognizes a volunteer who gives unselfishly to patients within our facilities and people in the community. The employee award recognizes an employee who goes beyond day-to-day responsibilities in his/her overall service to the community. The physician award honors a physician who displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond his/her day-to-day clinical responsibilities.

Terry Budniak, Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient

Terry Budniak has been an exceptional part of the St. Petersburg General Hospital Auxiliary for the past three years. She has volunteered over 700 hours of service to us. Budniak has a positive and caring attitude and encourages others to do the same. She is always willing to assist where needed, with a kind smile and a helping hand. Budniak also sits with patients and provides them with comfort and support.

Her volunteering does not end here at St Petersburg General Hospital; Budniak gives back to her community through her volunteer work at Holy Cross Church Parrish as well. Every week she volunteers performing clerical tasks and assisting wherever help is needed. She also serves as Eucharistic Minister weekly at masses, taking the Eucharist to those parishioners that are homebound. Regular visits to the residences at Lexington twice a month are common as she assists those who need help with transportation for shopping or attending mass. Budniak belongs to various women’s groups and her most recent event was the “March for Life” in St. Augustine, FL. She has also performed “Smile Ministry” at Jacaranda Manor, a local skilled nursing facility. Her women’s club held a Christmas event there, and she was “Angel Wing the Clown”, bringing sunshine and happiness to all residents. It is a pleasure to work with her, and St Petersburg General Hospital considers her an integral part of the team.

Gigi Laursen RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, NE-BC ICU Director, Employee Frist Humanitarian Award Recipient

Gigi Laursen has been with St. Petersburg General Hospital since 1985. She is an inspiring person who takes the mission and vision of St. Petersburg General Hospital to heart. Laursen is highly focused on the patient experience and the well-being of her staff and patients alike. Her community involvement is deeply rooted with her church, Park Place Wesleyan. She is a member of the church choir and a Sunday school teacher.

Laursen is involved with Habitat for Missionaries, which purchases houses in the local community, renovates them with volunteer labor, and “flips” the homes. The profits from these home sales are used to support missionaries around the world. Every summer she volunteers for a week at a local youth camp where she is a camp nurse.

Laursen is the coordinator for a state-wide women’s service group, which raises money for victims of domestic violence at local shelters. She also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and has been the St. Petersburg General Hospital Team Captain for the Relay for Life event for many years. Laursen exemplifies our hospital core values of dignity, respect, honesty, fairness, loyalty, integrity, compassion and kindness. It is a pleasure to know and work with her.