Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center evolved from the community we serve and continues today to be a health resource for the Central Florida area.
In 1964 Dr. David Green donated his clinic and real estate to the Heart of Florida Hospital Association. The Association raised funds to convert the clinic to a hospital and the property at 301 S. 10th Street in Haines City was dedicated on March 27, 1966 as Heart of Florida Hospital. The hospital's Auxiliary was also chartered in 1966 and has been very supportive in raising funds for the hospital's needs and for scholarships.
A new direction for Heart of Florida
In January of 1996 a groundbreaking event was held for a new Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center on Highway 27.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center celebrated our ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening on June 6, 1997. We began transferring patients to our 51 beds on June 8. The new facility was three stories tall and brilliant white set against a Florida landscape of orange groves.
Expansion has been a recurrent theme at Heart of Florida as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community. By May 2001 we had completed a 7,000-square-foot addition to our diagnostic imaging area which allowed us to offer on-site Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and a vascular imaging cardiac catheterization lab.
A complete expansion of the Emergency Department was completed in April 2002, which added 16 treatment bays and a CT scanner. Also in 2002 we expanded from 51 to 75 beds by making some rooms semi-private.
Additional beds were still needed to support our growing population and growing list of patient services. In January 2003 an addition of the 2nd and 3rd floor wings was completed which brought our bed count to 115.
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine was opened in January 2004 on Patterson Road, a few miles from the hospital campus. In June 2004 an expansion of the surgical and ancillary services areas was completed. This project included a new Center for Day Surgery, the addition of two operating rooms, the addition of a 15-bed Intensive Care Unit and the expansion of our Post Anesthesia Care unit from five to nine beds. Also included were expansions to the hospital cafeteria, Health Information Management department and the Materials Management department, as well as the creation of a separate entrance for the Center for Day Surgery.
Recognizing the continued growth in our area and demand on the hospital's resources, in August 2004, Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration granted our request to add more beds, raising the number of people Heart of Florida could care for at one time to 142.
The former Same Day Surgery unit was renovated into a three-room Endoscopy Suite in December 2004. October 2005 saw a ground-breaking for an expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and the Center for Cardiac and Imaging Services was completed in February 2006.
Having spread outward in most of its expansions, it was time for the hospital to expand upward. In June 2007 a roof-raising was held for the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center's addition of fourth and fifth floors. Construction continued for a little more than a year, after which time the fourth floor was opened in September 2008. It houses new surgical recovery rooms and The Joint Replacement Center, and brings the number of beds to 194.
The fifth floor of the hospital - which offers spectacular views of Haines City - houses our Center for Women's Health, where each woman's unique healthcare needs are met. This 31,000-square-foot expansion opened on June 24, 2012, and features 10 spacious birthing suites, 20 post-partum beds, an expanded nursery and two dedicated operating rooms.
Reaching out to patients
To better serve our Winter Haven patients, Heart of Florida opened an urgent care center - Urgent Care Cypress - in July 2009. This facility offers timely care for many illnesses and injuries and can provide x-rays and lab work as well. It is one of the most recent examples of Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center's commitment to providing outstanding, convenient care to our patients throughout Central Florida.
Our services and facilities will continue to grow to meet the healthcare needs of the expanding communities we serve. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. A passion for caring.