Harrell Family Makes Significant Donation to Name and Create the Jack and Tina Harrell Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health Foundation is pleased to announce receipt of a significant gift from the Harrell Family, designated for the Jack and Tina Harrell Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine.

“We are overwhelmed by the longstanding leadership and inspiring generosity shown to Lakeland Regional Health by Jack Harrell, Jr., his wife Tina, and the Harrell Family,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “The Harrells have shaped the future of healthcare for decades and we are deeply honored that they have chosen to continue this leadership through such an important investment in clinical care.”

The members of the Harrell family are longtime residents and business and civic leaders of Lakeland. Jack Harrell, Sr., and Jack Harrell, Jr., both served as Chairmen of the Lakeland Regional Medical Center/Lakeland Regional Health System Board of Directors, where Jack Harrell, Jr., presently serves as a Director.

Jack Harrell, Jr., received his education from Georgia Southern College. His community involvement and leadership roles include serving on the advisory boards for the Salvation Army, Youth for Christ, and Parker Street Ministries. He is also a member of the Florida Council of 100. In addition, Jack Harrell, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harrell’s, LLC, a leader in the green industry and the premier producer of quality custom blended fertilizers and distributor of chemicals and grass seed for the golf course, sports turf, lawn care and horticulture industries.

“I am repeatedly amazed at the selfless dedication, commitment to quality, and attention to compassionate care shown by the Lakeland Regional Health team,” said Jack Harrell, Jr. “Our family has been blessed by the care we received over the years at Lakeland Regional Health, and we look forward to advancing the future of cardiovascular care in this community through our gift.”

The Jack and Tina Harrell Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine will encompass life-saving cardiovascular healthcare services offered through three established Centers of Excellence and three future Centers of Excellence formed to provide the most advanced therapies and care possible to patients and families. The six Centers of Excellence are:


  • Harrell Heart Center – offering Heart Rhythm, Interventional Cardiology, Heart Valve, Structural Heart, Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Programs providing groundbreaking, less-invasive heart procedures.
  • Chest Pain Center – accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for using the most robust protocols and evidence-based science to systematically and effectively reduce treatment times for patients in the critical early stages of a heart attack.
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center – accredited by the Agency for Health Care Administration for the ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases, and home to Polk County’s only Biplanar Neurointerventional Suite to ensure optimum outcomes, shorter recovery times, and less pain and complications.
  • Center for Personalized and Preventative Cardiovascular Health – this future Center of Excellence will use personalized treatment and precision medicine to improve outcomes and enhance quality of care.
  • Heart Failure Center – this future Center of Excellence is dedicated to providing innovative treatments, optimizing health and improving quality of life for patients affected by heart failure.
  • Women’s Heart Disease Center – women often experience symptoms for heart disease different than those experienced by men. This future Center of Excellence will use evidence-based evaluation and personalized medicine to provide preventive care and treatment options and access to research and innovative programs focused on women’s heart health.


Lakeland Regional Health’s more than 30 years of experience providing advanced cardiovascular care is unmatched in Polk County. Lakeland Regional Health is home to Polk County’s only Hybrid Operating Rooms and Hybrid Catheterization Lab and was the first in the County to offer leading advances in treatment like the MitraClip®, WATCHMAN™ and Amulet devices. Its physicians have successfully performed more than 700 atrial fibrillation ablations and have inserted thousands of pacemakers. The Chest Pain Center is at the forefront of coordinating the timeliest acute heart attack care possible with Polk County’s Emergency Management Services. It consistently treats patients in 40 to 45 minutes, half the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care’s national benchmark of 90 minutes or less.

The Harrell Family previously named the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Courtyard of the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine, providing a beautifully landscaped rehabilitation space for patients and families to enjoy time in nature while practicing mobility.

“The Harrell Family truly understands what it means to place people at the heart of all they do. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming generosity and support shown by the Harrell Family to Lakeland Regional Health for so many years,” said Timothy Boynton, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Lakeland Regional Health Foundation.

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Lakeland Regional Health is committed to providing effective, safe, timely, efficient and equitable care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services. Contributions to the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation provide for advances that keep Lakeland Regional Health on the leading edge of services and technology.


About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.


About Lakeland Regional Health Foundation

As a charity healthcare organization, Lakeland Regional Health is dedicated to providing effective, safe, timely, efficient and equitable care to all members of the communities it serves, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services. The Lakeland Regional Health Foundation was created as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1971 to support Lakeland Regional Health’s work to deliver nationally recognized healthcare, strengthen the health of the community and advance the future of healthcare for those it serves. 100% of all donations are invested in clinical programs, facilities and equipment used to care for patients.