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TGH and Florida Urology Partners Form Alliance to Provide Best-in-Class Urological Care

Published: Nov 3, 2021
Tampa Bay’s top academic medical center and a leading urology provider join forces to provide patients across the region with greater access to comprehensive urological care and treatment services.

Tampa, FL (Nov. 3, 2021) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and Florida Urology Partners today officially announce an alignment to offer patients across the Tampa Bay region access to integrated, comprehensive and complex urological care. Through this dynamic collaboration, Tampa General and Florida Urology Partners will serve patients at Florida Urology Partners’ 15 locations across the region as well as within Tampa General Hospital, providing them with a full complement of urological services from general treatment to more complex levels of care.

“This dynamic alliance moves Tampa General Hospital one step closer to realizing its vision of being the safest, most innovative academic health system in America,” said John Couris, president, and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “These types of collaborative partnerships with our community physicians are essential to creating a comprehensive ecosystem that supports our academic medicine tri-part mission of teaching, research and clinical excellence.” 

Through this alliance, Florida Urology Partners and its extensive team of highly specialized and nationally recognized team of 25 physicians will continue to provide world-class comprehensive care and treatments for a wide range of conditions, including the spectrum of urological cancers. Patients will be provided the latest technology at its urology and radiation oncology offices across Tampa Bay and can access additional services, including complex surgeries and innovative new treatments and therapies offered by Tampa General. 

“We are proud to join forces with Tampa General to provide our patients with the highest level of comprehensive and complex services of care, including in the area of radiation oncology,” stated Dr. Raviender Bukkapatnam, president of Florida Urology Partners. “Since our founding, Florida Urology Partners has made providing our cancer patients the highest level of quality comprehensive care with the best technology available and a dedicated team of uro-pathologists a core pillar of our practice. We have deepened that commitment over the past several years, dedicating ourselves to treating and managing urological cancer in the best ways possible. Partnering with TGH marks a significant extension of this commitment, and we are excited to be able to collaborate across subspecialties to further treat and support our patients on their cancer journey.”

“We are excited to align with the high-quality urologists at Florida Urology Partners who, for over two decades, have a proven track record of providing an excellent level of care to our community,” explained Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, SVP of Network Development & Chief of Oncology, Tampa General Hospital. “This mutually beneficial alignment will allow Tampa General and the TGH Cancer Institute to expand our reach and access points while working in collaboration with Florida Urology Partners to provide our community and patients with coordinated, comprehensive, complex medical oncology care using leading-edge technology and deploying trial therapies all within an academic medical center setting.”

Additional collaborative benefits for patients include:

  • Access to a wider variety of clinical research trials sponsored by Tampa General and/or the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

  • Opportunity to receive enhanced personal treatment plans

  • Access to minimally invasive and complex surgeries

  • Options for advanced immunotherapy treatment

  • Consultations for palliative care that offer a holistic approach with the resources to help with pain management, nutrition, mental health, and other challenges

In addition to collaborating with Tampa General Hospital, Florida Urology Partners will continue to serve its patients at all other institutions and hospitals in all counties providing the best care.

ABOUT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL

Tampa General Hospital, a 1,041-bed non-profit academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report's 2021-22 Best Hospitals, and one of the top 4 hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious 2021 Forbes magazine rankings – America’s Best Employers by State, third out of 100 Florida companies and first among health care and social organizations and 13th nationally in America’s Best Employers for Women. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal 2020 provided a net community benefit worth more than $182.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of Florida. It also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 19 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track.  As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost.  For more information, go to www.tgh.org.

ABOUT FLORIDA UROLOGY PARTNERS, LLP

Florida Urology Partners, LLP is a comprehensive urology group made up of exceptionally trained, highly specialized, and nationally recognized physicians. Utilizing the latest technological advancements available in medicine, we provide superior patient care at our urology and radiation oncology offices in the Tampa Bay area. Our mission is to provide our community with access to an excellent group of physicians and staff who provide state-of-the-art integrated urological radiation oncology and pathology services and care with r

espect and compassion. For more information, visit www.floridaurologypartners.com.