Highlands County is served by three hospitals: Highlands Regional Medical Center, Florida Heartland Medical Center and Florida Hospital Lake Placid. All three hospitals offer a wide range of medical services, surgical procedures, have emergency rooms open 24 hours a day and are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Patients requiring CT scans, MRIs and a variety of nuclear medicine diagnostic services do not have to leave the county.
Highlands Regional Medical Center, which opened in 1965, now has more than 100 physicians on staff representing most specialties. The hospital is community-owned, with a board of directors made up of local leaders. The board of county commissioners provides significant financial support. Health Management Associates, one of the premier hospital management firms in the country, operates the hospital on a daily basis under contract.
HRMC has four operating suites, a specially trained total joint replacement nursing staff and the Women’s Center, with birthing suites and a trained maternity nursing staff. The hospital offers year-round informational and educational programs, including a physician’s referral service, a Nurse First program and a Med-Key Card quick admit program.
For more than 60 years, Florida Hospital has been caring for the people of Highlands County with a mission to “extend the healing ministry of Christ.” It is a part of the Adventist Health Care System, it is one of their 23 hospitals in Florida.
Florida Hospital’s attractive 159-room campus was built in 1998. It includes the county’s only heart and vascular center, which is certified for coronary angioplasties; the all-suite Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center; a certified stroke center; a breast cancer center staffed with board certified, on-site radiologists; the bone, joint and spine center, offering minimally invasive procedures for pain medicine and wound care, including hyperbaric services; a sleep center and diagnostic imaging. Its recently expanded emergency room is the busiest in Highlands County, with 32 private rooms.
Florida Hospital Heartland Division also operates a hospital in Lake Placid with 50 private rooms. It contains the county’s only senior behavioral unit and provides emergency and surgical services for the southern part of Highlands County. Both Florida Hospitals feature electronic health records, Positive Patient Identification and My Access, a program where patients may view their medical information and test results online.
For a private tour of Florida Heartland Division hospitals, or more details, contact Community Relations at (863) 386-6380, or visit www.FHHeartland.org.
The three hospitals are augmented by the county’s rescue services. Emergency medical technicians are stationed throughout Highlands County to provide rapid, quality response to any emergency. Supplementing the ambulance corps is around-the-clock jet helicopter service by Aero-Med and Florida Hospital Flight One. These companies have a proven track record of transporting patients to trauma centers and specialty care centers quickly and safely.
In 2011, more than 2,000 individuals were employed in the county’s healthcare industry. Because the medical community continues to grow, attracting an ever-widening array of specialists, Sebring is the choice healthcare center for a multi-county region.
There are numerous assisted living communities in Highland County. Many have advanced care for clients with special needs, diagnostic services and physicians on call.
All three of the hospitals are engaged in the community, involved with supporting organizations, special events as well as civic, cultural and social activities.