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August 3, 2017

Meet our August Guest Editor: Kate Reed of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Kate-Reed-St-Joseph's-Children's-HospitalI’m honored to be serving as the guest editor for Tampa Bay Parenting magazine’s special baby edition. As a mother, former neonatal nurse and the new president of St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, you could definitely say that I’m passionate about caring for babies and kids.   

READ: St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital: A Family Centered NICU

I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and my career as a neonatal and flight nurse, clinical administrator and most recently, the senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led me to Boston, Virginia and Seattle. I’ve been married to my husband Peter for 24 years and we have two children—both adopted from Guatemala: 21-year-old Jacob and 20-year-old Sarah. Both our children are in college so we are empty-nesters, excited about our relocation to Tampa.    

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I’m grateful for the opportunity to get back to my roots in Women’s and Children’s health care services. A lot has changed since my time working as a nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care Units many years ago. Technology and best practices have evolved by leaps and bounds. We now have respirators and medications specifically designed for preemies, transport teams no longer have to hitch a ride on military helicopters, and we’ve learned how important skin-to-skin contact between baby and mother is, no matter how fragile the infant. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is how compelling and rewarding it is to work on the team that cares for the smallest, most critical patients in our community.   

I knew Tampa was the right place for me as soon as I saw BayCare’s tagline ‘Humanity at Work’ and spent some time with team members at St Joseph’s. It is abundantly clear that this team passionately embraces providing extraordinary, customer-centered health care services. Taking this role feels like ‘coming home’ to me, but in a much warmer climate! 

Kate Reed, R.N.
President, St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital/St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital 
BayCare Health System

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