Tampa General Hospital Completes Acquisition of Bravera Health and Introduces “TGH North”

Published: Dec 1, 2023

TGH North Integrates Community Hospitals in Citrus and Hernando Counties with Tampa General, Extending the Reach of One of the Nation’s Leading Academic Health Systems to More Communities Across Florida.

Tampa, FL (Dec. 1, 2023)Tampa General Hospital TGH) announced today the completion of its acquisition of the Bravera Health network. The hospitals, clinical operations, services, providers and team members that were previously owned and operated by certain subsidiaries of Community Health Systems, Inc., will form TGH North, a division of TGH and an important extension of one of the nation’s leading academic health systems.

“We have a bold vision to offer world-class health care, research and innovation to communities throughout Florida, and a key step toward realizing this vision is embracing partnerships that allow us to expand services where they are needed most,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “By bringing the Bravera Health network into our system and coming together as one organization, we will be stronger in our united mission to transform health care for all Floridians.”

With this expansion of Tampa General’s academic health system, residents in Citrus and Hernando counties will benefit from the local care they’ve grown to depend on, while gaining access to a broader network of providers, experts and specialists. In partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa General combines clinical care, teaching and research to deliver the best possible outcomes, including cutting-edge technologies, resources and therapies, to the communities they serve.

The creation of TGH North through TGH’s acquisition of the Bravera Health network, includes:

  • TGH Spring Hill (formerly Bravera Health Spring Hill)
  • TGH Brooksville (formerly Bravera Health Brooksville)
  • TGH Crystal River (formerly Bravera Health Seven Rivers)
  • One freestanding ER
  • Two ambulatory surgery centers
  • Ten primary care and specialty care clinics

With the addition of TGH North, Tampa General’s academic health system now encompasses six hospitals, more than 150 care locations and nearly 14,000 team members and providers. The system provides the highest level of complex care to treat the most severe illnesses and conditions for patients from 23 counties across Florida. The system is recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. TGH is committed to clinical excellence, patient safety, innovation, research, education, and patient satisfaction.

“With the creation of TGH North, we’re investing in this growing, vibrant region,” said Steve Short, EVP & President of TGH North. “The communities in Citrus and Hernando counties can continue to depend on their local hospitals, while benefiting from the cutting-edge research conducted at TGH and USF Health, and access to a broader network of providers that offer rare and complex specialized care.”

Physicians and team members at TGH North join Florida’s coast-to-coast network of leading providers and team members who already make up Tampa General Hospital. Together as one combined team, they will all benefit from the vast knowledge, expertise and experience across the network that contribute toward higher quality care and better patient outcomes. In addition, Tampa General offers a variety of professional development opportunities that strengthen team engagement, advance career growth and promote personal development.

This acquisition marks the largest expansion for Tampa General in recent years, but is just the latest in a series of strategic efforts to expand access to world-class health care across the state of Florida and transform the nation’s health care landscape. TGH prioritizes innovation, advances technologies and adopts new methods for the delivery of academic-based care.

In 2020, TGH launched CareComm, a mission style command center that uses AI applications to integrate care coordination system-wide and improve operational efficiency. In 2022, the system launched TGH at Home, an innovative program offering hospital quality care, daily in-home visits and 24/7 remote patient monitoring in the comfort of the patient’s own home where they can be supported by loved ones. Through the Tampa Medical & Research District, anchored by Tampa General and USF Health, the region is attracting renowned clinicians and researchers to Florida, resulting in increased access to experts, cutting-edge research, education, and technology for patients and students.

Collectively, these developments and the formation of TGH North, combined with the day-to-day work of TGH providers and team members across the state, are leveling up the exceptional, world-class care for which patients turn to Tampa General Hospital.