The Tampa Bay (Fla.) Hospital Association is going out of business.
Come September, the 5-year-old group officially will be dissolved as a state corporation.
The group's demise happened because of concerns over duplication with the Orlando-based Florida Hospital Association and the withdrawal of some of its major members, including Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. hospitals and a network of hospitals including 268-bed Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, said Joseph Kiefer, administrator of 168-bed Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs, an association member.
Kiefer said the association had only about 15 members at the end.
The group's soon-to-be-former president Sharon Schur said the association had evolved into an informal executive forum.
"I believe with what is occurring in our environment that the Florida Hospital Association does an excellent job of supporting and representing the hospitals here," Schur said.
The Tampa Bay association was formed in 1993 by the merger of two local hospital groups. Its former president, Willard Wisler, retired last year.