Fishermen's Community Hospital

Fishermen’s Community Hospital Joins Baptist Health South Florida

July 1, 2017

Coral Gables, Fla. – July 1, 2017—Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon today became a part of Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest non-for-profit healthcare organization. The two organizations signed a letter of intent to explore an affiliation in November of 2016 and have been working together toward the transition.

“We are pleased to welcome Fishermen’s Community Hospital to the Baptist Health Family,” said Baptist Health South Florida President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian Keeley. “Baptist Health and Fishermen’s share a common vision for improving the health of our communities with an emphasis on compassion. We look forward to continuing this work together.”

With the addition of Fishermen’s, Baptist Health has eight hospitals across South Florida including Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. Mariners Chief Executive Officer, Rick Freeburg, is assuming the same role at Fishermen’s.

“We are proud to provide excellent care to our community at Mariner’s Hospital and are glad to be able to extend the same level of care and quality for which Baptist Health is known to our patients in the Middle Keys at Fishermen’s,” said Freeburg.

Fishermen’s opened in 1959 and is a 25-bed critical access hospital. The emergency room is open 24-hours a day and is staffed by Board-certified physicians and specially trained nurses. Other services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, lab testing and inpatient and outpatient physical and occupational therapy. The hospital offers swing bed services, which provide extended care for patients unable to care for themselves while recovering from illness or injury.

Fishermen’s Community Hospital’s physician practices are becoming part of Baptist Health Medical Group.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with eight hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida 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 and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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