Ascension Sacred Heart Bay is the region’s only Level II Trauma Center, which provides 24-hour emergency care for life-threatening injuries and illnesses. We also offer the only emergency center in Panama City Beach. The hospital provides advanced cardiovascular services including; the area’s only open heart surgery, minimally invasive valve replacement surgery (TAVR), and the Watchman procedure for atrial fibrillation. Ascension Sacred Heart Bay is an accredited stroke center. All patient rooms are private.
HCA Florida Gulf Coast Hospital is a 238-bed acute care hospital proudly serving Bay County and surrounding communities for 45 years. Located in Panama City, Florida, its team of more than 550 providers and 1,100 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 32222. The hospital has the only Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation as recognized by the American College of Cardiology. The hospital has received advanced certification for Primary Stroke and Sepsis as designated by the Joint Commission. The hospital’s cancer program has achieved comprehensive designation by the Commission on Cancer and is an accredited breast program by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC). These designations demonstrate the hospital’s commitment to safety and quality 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. 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.