Bay Medical Sacred Heart, a 323-bed regional referral center located near downtown Panama City, is the area’s largest hospital and only Level II trauma center. BMSH provides the most comprehensive cardiac care in the region, with a medical team consisting of board-certified cardiologists and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons. The hospital has five cardiac cath labs and the area’s only dedicated cardiac ICU. They recently added an Accelerated Cardiology Evaluation (ACE) area for patients who come in with heart attack symptoms. The hospital also has a cardiopulmonary rehab facility.
BMSH provides 24/7 emergency services at the main hospital at 615 Bonita Ave., and at the freestanding emergency department at 11111 Panama City Beach Parkway, and outpatient and diagnostic services at three locations. The hospital has the area’s only 128-slice CT for more detailed images. BMSH services include a cancer center, Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, Wound Care and Hyperbaric treatment, a sleep center, and HealthPlex, a full-service physical rehabilitation and fitness center.
The hospital serves patients in a seven-county area with more than 300 physicians on staff and a support staff of more than 1,700 employees. Bay Medical Sacred Heart is nationally accredited as a Heart Attack and Stroke Center of Excellence. BMSH is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC).
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is a 260 bed acute care hospital proudly serving Bay County and surrounding communities for 40 years. The hospital was recently named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® – heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care and perinatal care.
Located in Panama City, Florida, its team of more than 450 providers and 1,000 employees work to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care. With the area’s only designated Pediatric ER, four-bed Pediatric ICU and 28-bed NICU, the hospital is ready to care for Bay County’s youngest residents. Average ER wait times are available by texting ER to 234444. The hospital has the only Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI as recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Additionally, the hospital’s cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC). It is also an affiliate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Cancer Care Network. These designations enhance the hospital’s quality of care and demonstrate its commitment to higher, measurable standards of care.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County provides comprehensive public health services. Clinic services include immunizations, TB testing and treatment, STD exams, HIV testing and treatment, Women’s Health Exams, and Family Planning Services. Our HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention program provides rapid and confidential HIV and Hep C testing each Tuesday with test and treat and PrEP. Our children’s dental program offers a full range of services for children ages 3 through 20 receiving Medicaid. DOH-Bay’s WIC program provides supplemental food and nutrition education for women, infants, and children up to age 5.
Freedom 180 is our positive youth development program that focuses on sexual risk avoidance. School Health has a health room in all of Bay District’s public schools. The Tobacco Prevention Program includes Students Working Against Tobacco and our Tobacco Free Partnership. The Diabetes Services Program provides education for those who need to manage their diabetes and for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health program is responsible for septic systems, inspecting public pools, and the Florida Healthy Beaches Program that samples beach water bi-weekly from March – October. Florida birth and death certificates are available. For
more information, call 850-872-4455 or visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.