This week, HCA Florida Healthcare’s West Florida Division proudly announced the Jan. 3 grand opening of the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery, A part of HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital, a first of its kind program dedicated to endocrine surgery. The first surgical cases were performed Monday. Since opening, the hospital has cared for patients who traveled from as far as Mexico City, Mexico.

This $50 million facility renovation at 6001 Webb Rd. began in the spring of 2021. The renovated 75,000-square-foot space is organized around the surgical care and treatment of the endocrine glands, which include the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal. The facility successfully transitioned existing programs at HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity to this single site. Now, highly specialized treatments and services for endocrine conditions are available at one convenient location.

The Hospital for Endocrine Surgery offers a multi-disciplinary surgical staff with expertise in treating patients with endocrine tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, regardless of the complexity. With close proximity to Tampa International Airport, the program will attract patients from across the state, nation and even internationally for inpatient and outpatient procedures.

“We have some of the most experienced endocrine surgeons, nurses and surgical support teams working in a one-of-a-kind place to create a patient-centered environment where clinical excellence is achieved with the latest technology and minimally invasive capabilities,” explained Ravi Chari, MD, president of HCA Healthcare West Florida Division. “This patient population will benefit greatly from this one-stop endocrine surgery care site.”

The new hospital program includes 15 private inpatient rooms and eight operating rooms supported by 33 pre/post-surgery bays. Significant infrastructure upgrades support the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal tumor programs, including radiology, nuclear medicine, laboratory and pathology – all with an emphasis on endocrine tumor diagnosis and treatment. Advanced treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of thyroid tumors and minimally invasive scarless robotic thyroid surgery, are also offered. To learn more visit https://hospitalforendocrinesurgery.com/.

Endocrine tumors, including thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal, can cause significant complications due to syndromes caused by excessive hormone production or malignancy. Tumors and cancers of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands are often identified on routine lab tests or x-ray scans performed for an unrelated complaint, injury or illness. Academic literature suggests that endocrine tumors are underdiagnosed in many patients, including more than 50% of parathyroid tumors and more than 75% of adrenal tumors. HCA Healthcare West Florida Division hospitals use technology available to assist clinicians with identifying endocrine tumors in order to provide timely, appropriate care through its Tumor Care Assure program.

HCA Florida Healthcare has a long history of investing in Florida to effect positive change, including a major capital investment initiative of approximately $3 billion spent over the last three years leading into 2022. As a tax-paying entity, HCA Florida Healthcare has also supported local communities with more than $957 million in state taxes over the past three years. HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education is the largest sponsor of residency and fellowship programs in the state and the nation, sponsoring 2,081 residents and fellows in our Florida programs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

In 2020, the HCA Florida Healthcare network provided nearly $836.6 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across the state. Additionally, HCA Florida Healthcare caregivers spend thousands of hours each year volunteering and raising funds in their communities for many worthy organizations as part of a shared mission to care and improve human life.