Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that it will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center located at 14108 Glacial Drive, Hudson, Florida 34667 (at the back of the hospital campus) on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

The ribbon cutting will be conducted at 5:30 pm with a reception and tours to follow. The ribbon cutting will include a white coat ceremony, for the inaugural class of residents. Michael Strobbe, DO, the program director, will announce the residents name and medical school and then present them with their white lab coat from the program/hospital.

The tour will include a viewing of the Graduate Medical Center conference center and its offices. The public is welcome.

RSVPs are requested. To RSVP call 727-869-5505 or email BPMC.graduatemeded@hcahealthcare.com. Please RSVP by Friday, June 20.

About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Graduate Medical Education Program:

Recently Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for an internal medicine program. The first group of residents begin in July 2014. This is the hospital’s first step in developing a Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency program and a logical progression as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point continues to expand its tertiary and specialty programs.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a critical statewide need for physicians and expansion of GME programs, such as this, can help alleviate these shortages. The program will also benefit local community needs, with studies showing that about 60% of physicians practice where they complete their residency.

Recently Joseph Pino, MD, MBA was appointed as Chief Medical Officer at RMCBP. Dr. Pino’s duties as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) include involvement in RMCBP’s new Graduate Medical Education Program. To this end, he has recently been appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.