by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | August 03, 2021
Steward Health Care System has acquired five hospitals in South Florida from Tenet Healthcare Corporation.
The hospitals include North Shore Medical Center, Coral Gables Hospital, Hialeah Hospital and Palmetto General Hospital in Miami-Dade County and Florida Medical Center in Broward County. The deal brings the total number of hospitals under Steward to 44 worldwide.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to expand our footprint in my beloved home state. We know there are health challenges here and we are eager to work with local leaders to address them together,” said Steward’s CEO Dr. Ralph de la Torre.
The deal more than doubles Steward’s presence in Florida, which includes Melbourne Regional Medical Center, Rockledge Regional Medical Center and Sebastian River Medical Center.
Overseeing the new hospitals is Dr. Sanjay Shetty, Steward’s president of North America. Shetty has held numerous leadership roles at the healthcare system and helped expand its presence across the U.S. He also helped oversee the establishment and implementation of clinical protocols at Steward for addressing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic is one of the motivating factors behind Steward’s desire to expand its presence. It previously motivated the healthcare system in March 2020 to open the first dedicated care center in the U.S. for COVID-19 patients
at Carney Hospital in Boston.
“Steward understands that combatting the resurgence of the COVID pandemic in South Florida is our most urgent and immediate priority,” said Shetty. “Already, we have begun to redeploy PPE, ventilators, and other vital supplies needed for the care of COVID patients from our other facilities throughout the country to hospitals in this market.”
Steward annually cares for 12.3 million patients at hospitals, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities, multispecialty physician practices and behavioral health service facilities across the U.S., Colombia and Malta. It employs more than 5,500 clinicians and 43,000 healthcare professionals.
Tenet’s ambulatory facilities operated by United Surgical Partners International in these areas are not included in the transaction and will remain with Tenet.
No financial details were disclosed.