Baptist Health's Fishermen's Community Hospital Holds Grand Opening Celebration
Marathon, FL – July 1, 2021 – Today marked the official grand opening celebration of Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon, Florida. The ribbon-cutting event celebrated the culmination of Baptist Health South Florida’s commitment to the Florida Keys community’s health and well-being. The celebration was streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live and hosted by Drew Grossman, chief executive officer of Fishermen’s Community Hospital, alongside Baptist Health executives and community leaders.
“Baptist Health is heavily investing in communities throughout South Florida to ensure access to high-quality care for all who need it,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital. “This new facility is an extension of our commitment to providing the best healthcare to all residents and visitors in the Keys.”
Fishermen’s Community Hospital has been caring for the Florida Keys community since it opened in 1962. The hospital was closed in September 2017 when Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage to much of the area. A field hospital was quickly opened to provide uninterrupted care to the community. In July 2018, Baptist Health replaced the field hospital with a modular facility.
“This day has significant meaning,” said Jay Hershoff, chair of the hospital’s Board of Directors. “Not only is it a celebration of the completion of the hospital, but on this day four years ago, Baptist Health made a commitment to the Keys community with the acquisition of Fishermen’s. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Baptist never wavered in its commitment to the Keys community and immediately got to work making a plan to replace the damaged facility.”
With the completion of the new, 37,330-square-foot facility, Fishermen’s Community Hospital now provides specialized services such as 24/7 emergency care with telestroke services to give stroke patients immediate access to Board-certified neurologists, an on-site helipad, six inpatient beds, including two intensive care beds with 24/7 monitoring, nine emergency department beds, five additional recovery beds, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and laboratory services. In addition, Fishermen’s is now home to the southernmost branch of Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health, providing patients with high-quality oncology care close to home.
About Fishermen’s Community Hospital
Fishermen’s Community Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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