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Manatee County is well prepared to serve the healthcare needs of its cherished residents and visitors. In addition to the host of public health services, walk-in clinics, medical practices representing a wide range of specialties and subspecialties and 12 emergency medical service units are three prominent hospitals dedicated to the overall well-being of the community. The majority of practicing physicians in the area are registered with the Manatee County Medical Society, an entity designed to ensure the highest quality of medical care is being provided to patients.

Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, full-service hospital and a leading provider of quality, affordable healthcare. Known for excellence, Blake has served Manatee and surrounding counties for more than 35 years. Over the years, the hospital has received numerous awards, certifications and designations from a variety of third party evaluators of quality care, including:

• Primary Stroke Center, Joint Commission

• Acute Myocardial Infarction Center, Joint Commission

• Laboratory Accreditation, Joint Commission

• Total Knee Replacement, Joint Commission

• Total Hip Replacement, Joint Commission

• Sleep Center Accreditation, Joint Commission

• Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Society of Chest Pain Centers

• Accredited Cancer Program with Commendation, American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer

• Certified Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

• Accredited Radiology Services, American College of Radiology

• Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, American Stroke Association

• Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, Blue Cross Blue Shield

• Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, Blue Cross Blue Shield

• Recognized Diabetes Self Management Education Program, American Diabetes Association

• 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital, Solucient now Thomson Reuters

• 100 Top Hospitals, Solucient now Thomson Reuters – 9-Time Winner

The medical center operates a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week nurse consultation, physician referral and class registration service that can be accessed by calling 1-888-359-3552.

Blake is committed to improving the quality of human life, both in the provision of excellent healthcare and by participating in community programs and partnerships including American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Partners in Excellence in conjunction with area schools, United Way, Manatee High School Medical Academy, MCC Nursing Program and many more. Blake is also proud to offer the community a number of free screenings, health forums and support groups. For more information on these call 1-888-359-3552.

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Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) is a 120-bed, acute-care hospital, which opened its doors in September 2004. In six short years, LWRMC has established itself as the hospital of choice among many Manatee and Sarasota county families. Most recently, the Society of Chest Pain Centers named LWRMC an accredited Heart Failure and Chest Pain Center. The hospital is also accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and was named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by Modern Healthcare two years in a row.

This hospital encompasses an extensive system of fully integrated inpatient and outpatient services and medical personnel that share a single purpose—to provide compassionate, quality patient care.

With a medical staff of 450 physicians and allied health professionals, hospital employment of 350 and nearly 100 volunteers, patients have access to a comprehensive range of specialists and caregivers. Amenities at this hospital include private rooms and a full service café. LWRMC is the first hospital in the area to offer “At Your Request” Room Service. LWRMC offers a free physician referral service by calling Direct Doctors at 1-800-454-8215.

LWRMC features an Emergency Services Center, a Women’s Center, Surgery Center, Breast Health Center, Sleep Center, an Orthopaedic Center, as well as spine services and cardiovascular services. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center also provides patients with critical care services, pulmonary medicine, medical/surgical/telemetry, hospitalists services, as well as radiology, pharmacy and laboratory facilities. The hospital also offers ADA-recognized diabetes education.

The Emergency Services Center at Lakewood Ranch offers comprehensive emergency treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The LWRMC emergency medical team is highly experienced in managing health emergencies in adults, children and seniors. Composed of 13 private rooms, two major treatment rooms, two triage rooms and an eight-bed clinical decision unit, the Emergency Services Center is backed by comprehensive and technologically advanced diagnostic, laboratory, surgical and medical care.

Entrance to the hospital’s 25,000-square-foot Women’s Center is separate from the main building with easily accessible parking. The center offers skilled care and personalized attention throughout the childbirth process. A full spectrum of prenatal classes, childbirth education classes and patient education seminars on women’s health topics compliment the inpatient services. The Women’s Center also offers leading edge women’s surgical services from minor procedures for bladder or fecal incontinence, to major surgical procedures including hysterectomy.

The Surgery Center at LWRMC offers highly developed surgical services in multiple disciplines, including general surgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, vascular, urology, gynecology, spinal and neurosurgery. The Surgery Center includes a preadmission testing department, five operating rooms, two Endoscopy suites, an 11-bed recovery room and same-day surgery.

Care at LWRMC is a synergy of technical expertise, compassionate care and respect for the individual and their family. Employees, physicians, volunteers and ancillary healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing the most advanced, compassionate care and strive to not only meet but exceed patient expectations. LWRMC’s commitment to patient education and wellness is demonstrated by its growing number of seminars, education classes, support groups, programs and health screenings.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s 30-acre campus is located just a few miles east of Interstate 75 in the Town Center of Lakewood Ranch which bridges both Manatee and Sarasota counties. To learn more about Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, visit our website at

The Manatee County Health Department is located at 410 6th Avenue East in Bradenton. Our mission is to promote, protect and improve the health and safety of all people in Manatee County. Services include Worksite Wellness, providing on-site health services including health assessments and health counseling, as well as family planning services and vaccines, providing immunizations for international travel, flu and pneumonia at reasonable costs. For a complete list of services, contact the Manatee County Health Department at 941-748-0747 or visit the website at chdManatee/index.htm.

It seems like only yesterday that a single doctor and nurse began operations in the rural community of Parrish as Manatee County Rural Health Services (MCRHS). Utilizing the meager facilities of the decommissioned Parrish Elementary School, the small, but dedicated, staff began to provide the first healthcare services specifically targeted to the underserved rural community in 1979. Twenty-nine years later, they have grown from that humble beginning into one of the premier healthcare providers in West Central Florida. With 19 healthcare sites and more than 400 employees, MCRHS is well on its way to realizing its vision of “becoming the provider of choice for community-based primary healthcare service for residents in our service delivery area.” They offer services from family practice and internal medicine to urgent care. For a complete list of services contact the Manatee County Rural Health Services. Visit them online at

Founded more than 50 years ago, Manatee Glens is a not-for-profit provider of mental health and addiction services. In addition, our specialty services include Child Welfare Services (foster care supervision), a Rape Crisis Program, outreach and education services to prevent addictions before they begin and an employee assistance program. Manatee Glens is the community’s oldest and largest provider of mental health and addiction services. Throughout our history, when help is needed for those in crisis, Manatee Glens has been available to provide resources. Annually, we provide counseling and other services to 10,000 individuals and offers programs to those of all ages. Manatee Glens employs more than 450, including psychiatrists, licensed therapists, other allied health professionals and child welfare family care coordinators. We are licensed by the State of Florida and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

Manatee Glens Walk-In Center, 941-782-4800. Open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, walk-ins welcome. New Address: 371 6th Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Mobil Crisis Unit available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Provides immediate assessment, referral and short-term counseling services to those in need of mental health and/or substance abuse services.

Manatee Glens East, 941-782-4618. Offers psychiatric and counseling services, including mental health counseling, support groups, medication management, marriage and family counseling and other vital behavioral health services and programs. Accepts most major health insurance plans.

Manatee Glens East Addiction Practice, 941-782-4618. Addiction treatment in a private practice setting near Lakewood Ranch, off SR 64. Providing intensive outpatient treatment as an alternative to residential treatment, in addition to outpatient therapy, family counseling and education, marital/couples counseling and medication detox from opiates and other pain medications.

The Manatee Healthcare System is the largest provider of healthcare in Manatee County. The system is committed to offering the community a lifetime of affordable, accessible, quality healthcare available through its acute-care hospitals. The hospitals of the Manatee Healthcare System include Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Founded in 1953, Manatee Memorial has served the citizens of Manatee County for more than 57 years and continues to be a major health provider for the region. Located on the banks of the Manatee River, Manatee Memorial Hospital has a medical staff exceeding 500 physicians. The spectacular four-story Patient Tower welcomes visitors as they cross over the bridge from Palmetto to Bradenton. This 180,000-square-foot addition doubled the size of the hospital and added private rooms with many of them having a scenic waterfront view. The adjacent parking garage accommodates more than 560 automobiles.

In 2009, the new Manatee Heart and Vascular Center opened, providing individualized care and advanced diagnostic and interventional procedures. The county’s newest in-hospital cardiac center takes heart care to the next level for cardiac and vascular patients. It features electrophysiology, diagnostic and interventional procedures including radiofrequency ablations. We’re bringing you the future of heart care, so that you have the chance to get back to normal more quickly, with less stress on the body and heart.

A new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Treatment Center also opened in 2009. This center provides comprehensive wound care therapies in the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds. It features hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the patient, rapidly accelerating the healing process.

Providing the community with medical services and programs on campus, the hospital keeps pace with the community’s rapid growth. It employs more than 1,400 people at its 319-bed, acute-care facility. Manatee Memorial Hospital offers a comprehensive range of medical services, including emergency, cardiac, cardiovascular, surgery and outpatient services, women’s, children’s and orthopedic services, along with specialty programs in chest pain, a primary stroke center, the only pediatrics in Manatee County, the county’s only Level ll Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through its Family BirthPlace, MOMM’s Place/Perinatal Education Classes, diabetes, wound care, da Vinci Surgical System robot, EsophyX incisionless surgery, inpatient and partial behavioral health, Lap-Band bariatric surgery and a full-service breast care center. The hospital also operates the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center off-site on State Road 70.

In February 2010, the American Stroke Association presented Manatee Memorial Hospital with the Get With The Guidelines, Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The Society of Chest Pain Centers awarded Manatee Memorial full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI in February 2009. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations awarded the facility its accreditation in 2008. The hospital is an American College of Radiology Society Accredited Facility. The hospital received this year’s Manatee County Health Department Heroes Award and the Image Manatee Beautification Award from Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to high-quality healthcare for our communities, we are proud to provide community health and wellness classes, programs and support groups for the public each month. We offer a Speakers Bureau and a Senior Advantage Program for those 50 years and older. Free physician referral service is also provided by calling 1-800-816-4145.More than 400 volunteers devote countless hours to the hospital 365 days a year, and the MMH Foundation Auxiliary contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to medical scholarships and philanthropic organizations within the community through its thrift and gift shops.

The hospital also donates generously to the following charitable, educational and nonprofit organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota, Art League of Manatee County, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County, Cancer Support Center/Wellness Community, Family Healthcare Centers of Manatee Foundation Gold Star Reward Program, Entre Nous Scholarship Fund, Hernando De Soto Historical Society, LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, Kiwanis, Light House of Manasota for the Blind, Literacy Council of Manatee County, Meals on Wheels Plus, Missionary Village, Manatee Aging Network, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Community Foundation, Manatee County Health Department, Manatee County Government/Children's Summit, Manatee County Medical Society/We Care Manatee, Manatee County Veterans Council, Manatee Education Foundation, NARSAD, Pace Center for Girls, Palmetto Youth Center, South Florida Museum, State College of Florida Foundation, University of South Florida/Sarasota/Manatee, United Way of Manatee County and V Foundation for Cancer and many area schools, churches and athletic teams.

To learn more about Manatee Memorial Hospital, please visit our website at

In order to meet the growing needs of veterans in the Manatee County area, Bay Pines VA has consolidated the Ellenton Primary Care Clinic and the Bradenton Mental Health Clinic into one location. The new Bradenton VA Clinic is located in the Morgan Johnson Office Park at 5520 S.R. 64 Suite 101. The new clinic is 12,455 square feet, a considerable increase in the amount of space available to provide veterans healthcare and will offer expanded primary care teams, a women veterans healthcare team, mental health services, pharmacist staff, social work staff and phlebotomy services. Specialty services, including eye care, dental and basic radiology (ultrasound and x-ray), recently opened in the clinic. The VA Outpatient Clinic is located at: 5520 State Road 64, Suite 101, Bradenton. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call 941-721-0649 or visit

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