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Awards & Accolades

2016 Top General Hospital / The Leapfrog Group Award

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Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has been named a Top General Hospital. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition showcases Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's commitment to patient safety and quality.


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Highest Quality Rating for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has received a 3-star rating for Coronary Artery Bypass surgery. This is the highest category of quality awarded by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for this procedure. Only 12 -15 % of hospitals in the nation received the “3 star” rating.


Blue Distinction for Maternity Care

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has earned the Blue Distinction Center designation for Maternity Care. This designation only goes to facilties that deliver quality maternity care. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction(R) Center for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.


Blue Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has earned the Blue Distinction Center designation for Knee and Hip Replacement, from Florida Blue as part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.


Best in Destin

  • Voted Best Medical Center/Hospital for 2017
  • Voted Best Medical Center/Hospital and Best Customer Service for 2016

American Heart Association and Stroke Association

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.


Accredited Chest Pain Center

Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has been awarded this designation by having Primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. Our call team is made up of the cardiac cath lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive to the facility within 30 minutes of STEMI activation.


Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

The Gold Seal represents Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's commitment to care, treatment and services through The Joint Commission Accreditation.


Commission on Cancer Accredited Program

Accredited American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer and is an associate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System Cancer Community Network


CARF Stroke Specialty Program

CARF Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is the tri-county's only CARF accredited stroke specialty program, and an integral part of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, a facility recognized by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. This connection grants our patients access to highly trained stroke specialists and the very latest technologies.


Accredited by the American College of Radiology

  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Mammography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • Positron Emission Tomography

Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical Care