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The Surgical Institute provides innovative services to cancer patients. We are dedicated to the principle that everyone has a basic right to attain the highest degree of wellness possible, based on their own healthcare needs. We partner with our patients and families to provide the highest quality of personalized compassionate care not only addressing their medical needs but also their right to clarity, honesty and dignity.
Our Mission Our mission statement reflects our values and our priorities. The WCMG Surgical Institute provides innovative services to our cancer patients. We are dedicated to the principle that everyone has a basic right to attain the highest degree of wellness possible, based on their own healthcare needs. We partner with out patients and families to provide the highest quality of personalized compassionate care not only addressing their medical needs but al their right to clarity, honesty and dignity.
Adventist Health System employees draw motivation and direction from six strongly held principles. These principles guide the manner in which we treat each other and those we serve.
We exist to serve the needs of our communities in harmony with Christ’s healing ministry and incorporate Christian values at every level of service.
Quality and Service Excellence
We strive to meet or exceed both the service standards of the health care industry and the expectations of the patients we serve and measure our success through continuous surveying of patient satisfaction.
We are sensitive to the needs of the individuals and families we serve and meet their needs with kindness and empathy.
Focus on Community Wellness
We commit time, talent and financial support to educate our neighbors in the principles of illness prevention and healthful living.
High Ethical Standards
We conduct our business with integrity, honesty and fairness. As responsible stewards, we use our financial resources wisely by choosing business practices which are cost-effective, productive and result in a fair return on investment.
We value the diversity of our patients, employees, business colleagues and visitors and treat them with kindness and respect regardless of their background, race, religion or culture. Florida Hospital North Pinellas and the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine have entered an affiliation to bring advanced surgical care services to the communities of Pinellas and Pasco.
The WCMG Surgical Institute is staffed by outstanding surgeons both from the local community and affiliated with the USF College of Medicine. The surgical specialties of the Institute’s staff include general and vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction and melanoma treatment.
- Douglas S. Reintgen, MD, FACS, surgical oncologist, is Professor of Surgery at USF College of Medicine and serves as Director of Cancer Initiatives at USF.
- Louis I. Astra, MD, FACS, general, vascular and thoracic surgery
- Effie Pappas Politis, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgery (USF)
- Rosemary Giuliano, ARNP, MSN, Director, Oncology Program
- Debora L. Ryder, MSN, ACNP-BC, Surgical Hospitalist
The Surgical Institute emphasizes a comprehensive approach to patient care. This team approach begins with the patient’s primary care physician and taps into the expertise of skilled surgeons alone with Florida Hospital North Pinellas staff anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and highly qualified technical and support staff. Their combined expertise assures a continuum of surgical care with the patient as the central focus.
The Surgical Institute is bringing a new advanced level of surgical care to our local community by the combined resources of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, highly skilled surgeons and the resources and staff of Florida Hospital North Pinellas, a member of the Florida Hospital Network.