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The quality of healthcare in Highlands County is enhanced by its highly qualified emergency medical technicians. Supported by state-of-the-art equipment and communications systems, EMTs are stationed throughout the county, just minutes away from a call for emergency medical assistance.

Supplementing this essential and effective program is a 24-hour-a-day service provided by Aero-Med/Tampa General Hospital jet helicopter service and Florida Hospital Flight One service that quickly transports emergency cases to hospitals or trauma centers and specialty care centers in Tampa and Orlando. These pilots and crews are highly trained medical technicians with a proven track record of effective emergency care and transportation.


Highlands County residents and visitors are well served by the presence of three outstanding hospitals – Highlands Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center and Florida Hospital-Lake Placid.

Highlands Regional Medical Center is located on U.S. 27 South near the southern city limits, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center is located just off U.S. 27 North between Sebring and Avon Park and Florida Hospital-Lake Placid.

Highlands Regional Medical Center

All three hospitals offer a wide range of medical/surgical services including heart cath labs and have 24-hour emergency rooms staffed by highly trained technicians and physicians. All are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and employ medical staff equipped to handle a full range of patient needs. Patients requiring CT scans, MRIs and a variety of nuclear medicine diagnostic services can receive these services without leaving the community. The hospitals regularly conduct ongoing programs to recruit highly specialized physicians, nurses and medical technicians in order to meet the healthcare demands of a growing community and region. Employment in healthcare and related fields constitutes a major economic factor in the area.

Highlands Regional Medical Center has been providing Positively Great Care to our patients since 1965. The hospital is community owned, with a board of directors made up of local leaders, and is operated by one of the premier hospital management firms in the country, Health Management Associates. HRMC has 126 beds and over 200 physicians on staff to ensure the best possible care for our patients. For the last 2 years we have been rated a National Top Performer by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor for health care organizations in America.

HRMC is a Level 1 Cardiac Center and offers a visualization Cath Lab. Our Cardiac Center also exclusively offers therapeutic induced hypothermia, which is cutting edge, nerve sparing technology recommended by the American Heart Association. HRMC exclusively offers the da Vinci Surgical Robot which offers smaller scars, less pain and quicker recovery for our patients. They also offer: No. 1 ER according to the Lake Placid Journal, Smart OR Suites with the most advanced technology in the Heartland, Cardiopulmonary Care, Digestive Care Center, Orthopedic Center, Neurologic Care, Birthing Center, Sleep Center and Wound Care Center. For more information about HRMC please visit

Since 1948, Florida Hospital has been caring for Highlands County and our Heartland neighbors with a mission to “Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ.” Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center is a member of a network of 22 Adventist Health Care System hospitals located throughout Florida.

Built in 1998, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring offers 157 private rooms nestled on 86 acres inside the Sun ’N Lake Community. Included on this campus is the county’s only certified Heart & Vascular Center and outfitted with three cath labs, the area’s only Certified Stroke Center and Certified Chest Pain Center.

The Sebring hospital also offers an all-suite Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center, accredited Breast Care Center staffed with on-site board-certified radiologists and certified Patient Care Navigator, the Bone, Joint & Spine Center offering a variety of minimally invasive procedures through board-certified surgeons, wound care with hyperbaric services, surgical services, sleep center and a wide array of diagnostic imaging like PET, CT, MRI and digital mammograms. Already the county’s busiest ER, the newly-expanded Emergency Care Center now has 32 private rooms.

Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Lake Placid on US Highway 27 was built in 1981 and features 50 private rooms. It contains the county’s only senior behavioral health unit, as well as emergency care, surgical services, fitness center and diagnostic imaging, all with electronic medical record capabilities.

Both hospitals are centered on the highest level of quality care and laser-focused on patient safety featuring electronic medical records for better clinical communication, Positive Patient Identification to eliminate medication errors and My Access so patients can view their medical information and test results online.For a private tour of Florida Hospital or more details, please call Community Relations at (863) 386-6380 or visit their website at


Area hospitals are heavily involved in the community and support a wide range of civic, cultural and social activities and organizations. The presence of these hospitals results in numerous benefits to the community and region. Several hundred physicians and hundreds of highly trained healthcare technicians and nurses are available 24 hours a day to meet the myriad of needs of residents and visitors alike. Every year, additional physicians, health care support organizations and professionals of all types establish new practices in the area, all contributing to Sebring becoming a health care center of choice for a multi-county region.

According to, over 18 percent of employment in Highlands County is dedicated to the education and health care industries, with more than 2,000 people employed in health care alone. There are numerous assisted living facilities – many with advanced care for clients with special needs, diagnostic services, practicing physicians in numerous disciplines, physical and rehabilitative therapists, and a wide range of ancillary services dedicated to comprehensive health care availability in Highlands County.

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