We are extremely excited about your interest in our General Surgery Residency Training Program.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and HCA have been the cradles of patient care in this region of west Florida for many years. HCA was founded by Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., and Jack Massey, who envisioned creating a healthcare company with the scale, resources, and clinical expertise to provide patient-focused care for rapidly growing communities in the United States. They formed Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) in 1968, which has grown to more than 250 hospitals and freestanding surgery centers located in 20 U.S. states and in the United Kingdom. Its mission has been to deliver patient-centered healthcare for the good of all people, no matter their circumstance.

No region of the country has had more rapid growth than has occurred in Florida (people moving to Florida from other regions of the country and “snowbirds” who occupy our state temporarily in large numbers during the fall and winter months). This has been fertile soil for the growth of HCA and the dissemination of its mission. The population growth has stimulated existing Florida medical schools to increase their numbers of graduates and there have been new medical schools to open in the state in the 21st century.

The leadership of HCA has recognized both the need and the opportunity to initiate post-graduate physician training programs to meet the growing needs for physicians in the region and the state. Our facility at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in the northern metropolitan Tampa Bay Area is privileged to have been selected as a site to introduce new residency programs. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and our partner HCA hospitals, Oak Hill Hospital, Trinity Medical Center, and Largo Medical Center in our region provide vast numbers of patients for resident education in state-of-the-art facilities in coastal west Florida. We intend innovations in physician training, provision of the best clinical training available in the U.S., use of our expansive nationwide clinical data base for education and research, and the advancement of patient safety and quality initiatives. The Division of Surgical Education of the Department of Graduate Medical Education at HCA in west Florida plans to be a significant contributor to enhancing the field of surgery and delivering extraordinary care to Floridians and other U.S. citizens, through our graduates, for generations to come.

The cornerstone of any great academic surgical department is the strength of its general surgery training program and its surgeons. We have highly experienced and well-trained surgeons on our faculty at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Oak Hill Hospital. Our trainees will garner extraordinary surgical training and will be mentored in patient safety and quality initiatives, clinical research, and evidence-based practice principles, which will prepare them for leadership in communities in Florida, around the country, and in American surgery.

We are also looking forward to an exciting future as we recruit new faculty members in general surgery and the surgical specialties who will be focused on your educational experience as our hospitals and program grow. We also look forward to the unique role our new trainees will play in our new program and in our community. The citizens of Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus Counties in our region also look forward to your arrival.

I encourage you to view this as a unique opportunity to join the energy and excitement going on in graduate medical education in HCA West Florida and I look forward to meeting all of you during your visit. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Joseph Love, DO
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program