Bay Medical Sacred Heart Medical Center- 615 North Bonita Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
Bay Medical Center, a part of Sacred Heart Health System’s quality network across Northwest Florida, has a long standing reputation for excellence. In fact, Bay Medical-Sacred Heart has been listed among the Top 50 Hospitals in the nation from 2008 to 2012 and has recently been listed among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care as well. While heart disease continues to be our nation’s number one killer, the Bay Medical-Sacred Heart cardiac program is rated the very best in Northwest Florida and among the best in the entire nation for treatment of heart disease. Heart patients in our area are fortunate to have access to a comprehensive program which offers many specialized procedures such as cardiac ablations, minimally invasive repair of congenital heart defects, and robotic surgical options for heart and lungs that patients might otherwise have to travel to a university hospital to receive. Bay Medical-Sacred Heart has a team on stand-by 24/7 for heart emergencies and offers the area’s only open heart surgery program and a designated cardiovascular ICU. Bay Medical-Sacred Heart has a reputation as an early adopter of
the latest in medical technologies. As
the first hospital in the area to offer Da Vinci robotic surgery, Bay
Medical-Sacred Heart offers robotic procedures for gynecologic, prostate and
kidney surgeries as well as select heart and lung cases. In addition, Bay
Medical-Sacred Heart is the only hospital in the area offering neurosurgery and
offers the latest technologies to make brain and spine surgery less invasive
and more precise. For general surgery and orthopedics, the surgeons at Bay
Medical-Sacred Heart are using high definition visualization for improved
precision during surgery.
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center- 449 West 23rd Street, Panama City, FL 32405
If you were born in Bay County, or had a baby here in the past 35 years, most likely you were cared for by a Gulf Coast Medical Center nurse. Today, nearly eight in ten babies are born at the hospital that was founded by local physicians. The 176-bed acute care hospital recently unveiled a 42-bed critical care wing, which includes an adult-level ICU and the region’s only Level III NICU and Pediatric ICU.
As an affiliate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Cancer Care Network, the hospital brings UAB’s network of world-renowned cancer experts and services to benefit patients in the Bay County area. Additionally, the hospital is the area’s only nationally-accredited breast center (NAPBC). Gulf Coast Medical Center is also the only area hospital to earn recognition as a Nationally-Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, which includes angioplasty and stents. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, the hospital has enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and has demonstrated its commitment to higher, measurable standards of care. Gulf Coast Medical Center has the area’s shortest average ER wait times. Times are available online or via test messaging by texting ER to 23000. The hospital also has the area’s only designated Pediatric ER.
Florida Department of
Health in Bay County- 597 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL
The mission of the Florida Department of Health in Bay County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people through integrated state, county and community efforts. The health department offers numerous services for the public including a clinic services division, children’s dental clinic, immunizations, diabetes education, diabetes prevention program, breastfeeding support, parenting classes, tobacco prevention and cessation, emergency preparedness, WIC nutrition and environmental health. The Clinic Services Division works to achieve the overall mission through the identification and treatment of diseases. Preventative interventions are also taught at each clinic visit by our skilled physicians and nursing staff. Clinic services include women’s health, school health,
immunizations, STD screenings, infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology. The clinic is located at the health department, 597 West 11th Street in Panama City. For more
information call 850-872-4455. Cost for services is based on a sliding
fee scale and Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare are accepted.