Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Lake Wales Medical Center are now in the AdventHealth family and backed by the #1 hospital in the state.
AdventHealth is already a familiar name to many Central Floridians as a medical mainstay and one of the largest faith-based health systems in the country. Now, its unique brand of whole-person health care – focused on individualized healing for the body, mind and spirit – is poised to gain a lot more attention in Polk County.
Effective September 1, 2019, the 193-bed Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and the 160-bed Lake Wales Medical Center have joined the health system as AdventHealth Heart of Florida and AdventHealth Lake Wales. This acquisition includes both hospitals’ related businesses, physician clinic operations and outpatient services. AdventHealth is also welcoming more than 1,200 new employees to the organization along with dozens of employed physicians who will join its AdventHealth Medical Group.
LEADING THE WAY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
These exciting acquisitions mean that Polk County residents now have nearby access to a comprehensive care network that’s anchored by Central Florida’s own AdventHealth Orlando, which was recently ranked the #1 hospital in all of Florida by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019-2020 Best Hospitals ratings. The organization’s flagship children’s and women’s hospitals – AdventHealth for Children and AdventHealth for Women – were also recognized by U.S. News for providing the best newborn and best women’s care in Florida, respectively.
“Polk County is one of Florida’s fastest growing regions and it’s important that health care services keep pace, so the communities we will serve here can also be amongst the state’s healthiest.”
– Daryl Tol, President/CEO for AdventHealth Central Florida Division
AdventHealth Heart of Florida and AdventHealth Lake Wales are now part of the health system’s Central Florida Division, the hub of the only national health care organization headquartered in Florida and one with a history that spans more than 100 years in the region.
“Polk County is one of Florida’s fastest growing regions and it’s important that health care services keep pace, so the communities we will serve here can also be amongst the state’s healthiest,” said Daryl Tol, president/CEO for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “We look forward to delivering whole-person care to our neighbors in Polk County.”
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to serve these communities, and look forward to offering Christ-centered, whole-person care through our expanded network,” added Terry Shaw, president/CEO for AdventHealth.
The organization has named Brian Adams to the position of market CEO, responsible for the newly acquired hospitals. Says Adams, “AdventHealth has a long history of bettering the regions we serve and where our team members live, work and play. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our teams in Polk County, and all of us at AdventHealth look forward to being a good neighbor and an active partner in the community.”
With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout almost a dozen states. For more information about AdventHealth, visit AdventHealth.com or Facebook.com/AdventHealth.