AdventHealth Continues to Grow to Care for Polk County Residents
AdventHealth is a relatively new name in Polk County but its continued growth within the area means more access to health care for residents and visitors alike.
“Polk County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing regions and it’s important that health-care services keep pace so the communities we will serve there can also be amongst the state’s healthiest,” Daryl Tol, President & CEO for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, said when the company bought Heart of Florida and Lake Wales hospitals. “We look forward to delivering whole-person care — caring for the body, mind and spirit — to our neighbors in Polk County.”
AdventHealth has been caring for patients in Florida since 1908. It it was first started in 1866 in Battle Creek, Michigan, by Seventh-day Adventist medical pioneers. It is the largest not-for-profit Protestant health-care provider in the nation, according to its website.
“We continue to help those in our care through our whole-person approach of healing their bodies, strengthening their minds and lifting their spirits,” said Tim Clark, president of AdventHealth’s West Florida Division, which includes Polk and five neighboring counties. “AdventHealth is one of the largest health-care providers in the United States, with thousands of compassionate professionals who embrace and practice our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.”
AdventHealth specializes in life-saving medical treatments, preventative care and pioneering research, Clark said. “Our healing network includes 26 hospitals and more than 100 extended service locations across the state of Florida. Our integrated network of care serves patients in more than 130 facilities nationwide, including hospitals, urgent care centers, home-health and hospice agencies, and nursing homes across nine states. Everything we do is designed to fulfill our ultimate goal — to help people live a healthier, fuller life in mind, body and spirit.”
Nationwide, AdventHealth owns 46 hospital campuses and employs about 77,000 people, according to its website.
AdventHealth’s two Polk County hospitals employ more than 1,500 people, Clark said. “We also have an Urgent Care Center (AdventHealth Centra Care), a satellite OB/GYN office and a physician office in Winter Haven and an Urgent Care Center (AdventHealth Centra Care) and a Primary Care Plus office in Lakeland.”
AdventHealth has its headquarters in Altamonte Springs. It now owns AdventHealth Heart of Florida and AdventHealth Lake Wales hospitals in Polk County. Additionally, it has the free-standing AdventHealth Four Corners emergency room, which is a department of AdventHealth Heart of Florida.
In addition, it has “a robust system of care that includes specialty acute care, over 200 primary care and specialty employed physicians, Express Care at Walgreens clinics, urgent care centers, wound care, physical therapy, home care, mobile mammography and more,” Clark said.