Cutting Edge Health Care
Every health issue imaginable can be diagnosed and managed with expertise, care, and efficiency right in Tallahassee. With a keen focus on the individual, the city’s growing health care community is bringing new hospitals, health care facilities, and expertise to serve the Big Bend area, making access to state-of-the-art procedures and medical care easier than ever.
Tallahassee’s health care community is growing and with that growth comes innovation and state-of-the-art health care facilities for the Big Bend region.
The Capital Regional Medical Center has several specialty departments to care for Big Bend residents. The Florida Heart & Lung Institute, Capital Regional Behavioral Health Center, and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center all fill niches in health care. These departments are joined by the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, one of 14 centers affiliated with the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in August, Georgia, and the only specialty burn care center in town.
Additionally, the Capital Regional Medical Center just completed a new freestanding emergency department to continue to meet the community’s 24/7 emergency care needs. The $13 million Southwood ER provides critical health care services in a convenient location south of town. The ER complements the hospital’s main campus emergency room and the ER in Gadsden County, which collectively served more than 100,000 visits in 2018.
“We’re also excited that Capital Regional Medical Center is the alpha site for innovative new health care technology,” says Alan Keesee, CEO. “In partnership with GE, a new automatic patient cardiac monitoring system called HeART™ is continuously providing telemetry feedback direct to caregivers using iPhones.
“And Capital Regional Medical Center is proud to be the only hospital in the Tallahassee region to receive an ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group, demonstrating the highest quality outcomes.”
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), headed by president & CEO Mark O’Bryant, is the area’s only statedesignated Trauma Center and the only accredited community hospital cancer program. In addition to North Florida’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center, Neurological and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation, the hospital recently completed construction of the M.T. Mustian Center, the newest surgery and adult ICU center in the region, combining the latest medical technology with patient- and family-centered design and amenities. The hospital is also partnering with nearby Goodwood Museum on a “Pathway to Wellness” project that gives families and health care professionals access to quiet, natural surroundings important in healing.
“From humble wooden barracks in 1948 to the state-of-the-art expansion of the M.T. Mustian Center, TMH has evolved to meet the growing needs of our community and beyond,” says O’Bryant. “Exceptional health care is more than just advanced facilities. We are focused on attracting and retaining the best medical professionals to care for our patients.”
To grow with the community, Capital Health Plan (CHP) opened the new 72,000- square-foot Metropolitan Health Center as its flagship location for CHP’s Urgent Care services.
“Since our start in 1982, Capital Health Plan has been committed to offering affordable, comprehensive health care,” says John Hogan, CEO. “The opening of this building is another step along our dedicated path to that commitment.”
The new center provides primary care, imaging, lab services, a Center for Complex Care, Wound Care Center, and the first-of-its-kind Disaster Recovery Center that keeps services online even during power outages. Additionally, the Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Center for Healthy Aging focuses on the unique needs of the area’s 65+ population. “The Nancy Van Vessem, M.D., Center for Healthy Aging allows us to provide specialized age-friendly care for the Big Bend’s older population and honors Nancy’s memory and dedication to keeping our community healthy for life,” says Hogan.