PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City and Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley has signed a formal clinical affiliation agreement.
Through the affiliation, NFCH will facilitate patient access to the medical talent at Gulf Coast Medical Center in specialized clinical services, collaborate on the transfer of knowledge between medical teams of both institutions, and improve care through the incorporation of the best available medical practices. Both institutions also will offer community and medical educational programs.
Northwest Florida Community Hospital, a 59- bed healthcare facility that includes a 25-bed Critical Access hospital, a 34-bed Long Term Care Facility and a Home Health Agency, was named one of Florida’s Top Hospitals and recognized with the Hospital of Choice Award. It was one of only three Florida Hospitals to receive the award.
It is also accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Its 24-hour state-of-the-art Emergency department provides the latest in diagnostic radiology with 24/365 coverage by Board-certified radiologists. In addition, Northwest Florida Community Hospital is one of only eight hospitals in the State and the only Critical Access Hospital out of 1,365 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation with an accredited Hyperbaric Wound Treatment program.
“Gulf Coast Medical Center has for years, been the most supportive and cooperative tertiary hospital that we work with,” stated Patrick A. Schlenker, chief executive officer at NFCH.
“This affiliation formalizes the outstanding relationship our two institutions have had in the past and hope to continue in the future. With all the changes that are occurring in healthcare, it is extremely important for future growth and survival that small rural hospitals have a relationship such as this with a larger hospital and healthcare system. This relationship will enhance our ability to improve access for our community to quality healthcare services,” Schlenker added.
Gulf Coast Medical Center is a 176-bed acute care hospital located in Panama City. Its 250-member medical staff and more than 800 employees work hard to ensure its patients receive the highest quality of care every day.
"We are truly excited to form this partnership with Northwest Florida Community Hospital, and look forward to supporting advancements in the delivery of new healthcare services," said Carlton Ulmer, president and chief executive officer at Gulf Coast Medical Center.
The Chipley hospital will also celebrate receiving the Wound Healing Institute Accreditation for Hyerbaric Services at 3 p.m. today, July 16, in the Specialty Center Education Auditorium on the hospital campus.
The accreditation comes through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.