The quality of healthcare in Highlands County is enhanced by its highly qualified emergency medical technicians and paramedics through Highlands County EMS and Positive Medical Transport, a private third party service. Supported by state-of-the-art equipment and communications systems, EMS are stationed throughout the county, just minutes away from a call for emergency medical assistance. Supplementing this essential and effective program is a 24-hour-a-day service provided by Aero-Med jet helicopter service and Florida Hospital Flight One service that quickly transports emergency cases to hospitals or trauma centers and specialty care centers in Tampa and Orlando. These pilots and crews are highly trained medical technicians with a proven track record of effective emergency care and transportation. Highlands County residents and visitors are well served by the presence of three outstanding hospitals – Highlands Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, and Florida Hospital-Lake Placid. Highlands Regional Medical Center is located on U.S. 27 South near the southern city limits, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center is located just off U.S. 27 North between Sebring and Avon Park, and Florida Hospital-Lake Placid. All three hospitals offer a wide range of medical/surgical services including heart cath labs and have 24-hour emergency rooms staffed by highly trained technicians and physicians. All are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and employ medical staff equipped to handle a full range of patient needs. Patients requiring CT scans, MRIs and a variety of nuclear medicine diagnostic services can receive these services without leaving the community. The hospitals regularly conduct ongoing programs to recruit highly specialized physicians, nurses and medical technicians in order to meet the healthcare demands of a growing community and region. Employment in healthcare and related fields constitutes a major economic factor in the area.
Opened in 1965, Highlands Regional Medical Center has over 200 physicians of nearly all specialties on staff. Through several additions and renovations, the hospital has positioned itself to provide the latest in medical services and technology in a wide range of healthcare disciplines. This community-owned hospital enjoys a board of directors comprised of community leaders from all walks of life. Health Management Associates, one of the premier hospital management firms in the nation, operates the hospital under a contract with the local board of directors. Highlands Regional Medical Center is also home to ER Extra, a new approach to emergency care that gets patients seen by a healthcare professional in minutes. In addition to four modern hospital operating suites, a specially trained total joint replacement nursing staff serves the needs of patients requiring surgeries on hips, knees, shoulders and hands. In the Women’s Center, specially designed birthing suites and a trained maternity nursing staff provide the latest in birthing experience for new parents. In 2011 Highlands Regional opened a new state-of-the-art Breast Center. In 2012 the hospital brought robotic surgery to to Highlands County and began an interventional cardiology program. Highlands Regional Medical Center offers a number of year-round informational and educational programs, including a physician’s referral service.
For more than 60 years, Florida Hospital has been caring for Highlands County and our Heartland neighbors with a mission to “Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ.” Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center is part of a network of 23 Adventist Health Care System hospitals located throughout Florida.
Built in 1998, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring offers 159 private rooms nestled on 86-acres in Sun ’n Lake Community. Included on this campus is the county’s only Heart & Vascular Center certified for coronary angioplasties, Certified Stroke Center, Hospitalist team program and pediatric unit paired with the Walt Disney Pavilion for Children.
The Sebring hospital also offers our newly-opened all-suite Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center, the Breast Care Center staffed with on-site board-certified radiologists, the Bone, Joint & Spine Center offering a variety of minimally invasion procedures through board-certified surgeons, pain medicine, wound care featuring hyperbaric services, surgical services, sleep center and a wide array of diagnostic imaging like PET CT, MRI and digital mammograms. Already the county’s busiest ER, an expanded Emergency Care Center with 32 private rooms just opened in November.
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Lake Placid was built in 1981 and features 50 private rooms on US Highway 27. It contains the county’s only senior behavioral health unit, as well as emergency care, surgical services, fitness center and diagnostic imaging all with electronic medical record capabilities.
Area hospitals are heavily involved in the community, and support a wide range of civic, cultural and social activities and organizations. The presence of these hospitals results in numerous benefits to the community and region. Highlands Regional Medical Center returns over $2 million dollars per year in taxes to the economy. Several hundred physicians and hundreds of highly trained healthcare technicians and nurses are available 24-hours a day to meet the myriad of needs of residents and visitors alike. Every year, additional physicians, healthcare support organizations and professionals of all types establish new practices in the area, all contributing to Sebring becoming a healthcare center of choice for a multi-county region.
According to eflorida.com, over 18% of employment in Highlands County is dedicated to the education and health care industries, with more than 2,000 people employed in healthcare alone. There are numerous assisted living facilities – many with advanced care for clients with special needs, diagnostic services, practicing physicians in numerous disciplines, physical and rehabilitative therapists, and a wide range of ancillary services dedicated to comprehensive healthcare availability in Highlands County.
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