About Our Hospital

Founded in 1916 as Morrell Memorial Hospital, our 849-bed, comprehensive tertiary referral hospital operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the nation’s busiest single-site Emergency Department.

Our Medical Center handles over 2,100 trauma visits annually and holds accreditations for its Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Three hybrid operating rooms and a catheterization lab offer patients the least invasive surgeries possible and enhanced safety.

Our hospital has received national recognition for our outstanding work, processes and technology. Our Emergency Department has earned the 2014 Innovation of the Year from the Florida Hospital Association and the 2014 EmCare Genesis Cup Award. We are two-time recipients of the prestigious Most Wired Advanced designation from the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives in 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, the state-of-the-art, 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine opened on the Medical Center Campus to provide evidence-based, innovative inpatient therapeutic rehabilitation services designed to dramatically improve patient outcomes. Our Heart Center has been Polk County’s pioneer in expert cardiac care for more than 25 years.

The single largest expansion project on the Medical Center Campus, the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, is currently under construction for a planned 2018 opening.