Bay Medical Sacred Heart is a 323-bed regional medical center located in Panama City, Fla. We provide hospital care and outpatient services to patients from a seven-county region in Northwest Florida with nearly 300 physicians on staff representing virtually every medical specialty. We have a support staff of nearly 1,700 dedicated employees. Bay Medical Sacred Heart is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
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Chartered in 1949 as Memorial Hospital of Bay County, Bay Medical Sacred Heart has expanded many times over the years, most recently in 2010 with the addition of a new five-story patient care tower featuring 144 private patient rooms. But Bay Medical Sacred Heart’s mission of providing a full range of quality health care services to everyone in our community has remained unchanged.
BMSH is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and is a member of the American Hospital Association, the Florida Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America, and the Association of Voluntary Hospitals of Florida.
On April 2, 2012, Sacred Heart Health System, Inc. and LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (LHP) finalized a 40-year lease and asset purchase agreement to form a joint venture that leases and operates the facility formerly known as Bay Medical Center. The joint venture’s governing board has equal representation from LHP and Sacred Heart, and a local Board of Trustees composed of physicians and community leaders that oversee day-to-day decisions.
On Oct. 5, 2016, Ardent Health Services and LHP Hospital Group, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which the two companies will merge their operations. The transaction will create the second largest private, for-profit hospital operator in the United States with 21 hospitals across seven states and $3 billion in revenues. Ardent currently operates three health systems with 14 hospitals and employs multi-specialty physicians in nearly 100 clinic locations across New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. LHP operates five acute-care hospitals in Florida, Idaho, New Jersey, Kansas and Texas with its joint venture partners, which include leading not-for-profit and academic medical centers. The Bay Medical location includes a joint venture with Sacred Heart Health Systems.