Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital and three other not-for-profit hospitals have formed a not-for-profit corporation with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s Tampa Bay Health Systems.
The hybrid network, still unnamed, was formed to integrate clinical services and conduct managed-care contracting among partner hospitals, executives said.
Over the next several months, hospital executives who compose the governing council of the new corporation will develop a business and marketing plan, said Michael Hoad, the corporation's spokesman. The participating hospitals will remain independent and autonomous, he said.
Columbia's 12-hospital network will benefit by linking with the not-for-profit tertiary-care and specialty hospitals, executives said. Those hospitals are 686-bed Tampa General, 168-bed All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, 120-bed H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, and 150-bed Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, Tarpon Springs.
The new corporation also will compete with a 12-hospital network of not-for-profit hospitals called Bay Care Health Network.