About Bay Medical

Bay Medical Sacred Heart currently operates as a 75-bed regional medical center and level 2 trauma center in Panama City, Florida. We are the only trauma center between Pensacola and Tallahassee and the only hospital to offer open heart surgery and other critical and complex heart procedures. In addition to the main campus ER, Bay Medical operates the Beach ER at 11111 Panama City Beach Parkway. We provide hospital care and outpatient services to patients from a seven-county region in Northwest Florida with physicians on staff representing virtually every medical specialty. Bay Medical Sacred Heart is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Prior to Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018, Bay Medical operated 323 inpatient beds. While emergency services remained open during and after the storm, inpatient services were temporarily discontinued due to building damage. Upon the completion of essential repairs and inspections, Bay Medical re-opened it first phase of its return to servuce on January 2, 2019 with 60 medical-surgical beds, 15 intensive care rooms, eight operating suites, and five heart catheterization labs.

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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.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart 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.

Ardent Health Services and LHP Hospital Group, Inc. merged their operations in 2017. Ardent now operates 31 hospitals across seven states. The Bay Medical location includes a joint venture with Sacred Heart Health Systems.