March 31, 2020
Fort Walton Beach, FL | Niceville, FL – Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital has well-established protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and our emergency planning efforts related to COVID-19 are very comprehensive. We are working in partnership with local and state health departments and the CDC, and continue to monitor the situation closely.
Our overall preparedness efforts during the last several weeks have included reinforcing appropriate infection prevention protocols and guidance from the CDC. Earlier this month, we limited entry into our facility so we can screen patients and visitors as they enter in order to help protect everyone in our hospital. This week, we took our proactive measures a step further and implemented a policy that restricts all visitors with limited exceptions. These measures are in the best interest of our colleagues and the patients we serve.
As of now, we have the bed capacity, staffing, and supplies and equipment we need, we continue to plan by accessing the resources, support and best practices across our HCA Healthcare network to help ensure we remain able to meet the needs of the communities we serve as the situation continues to evolve. To ensure we are prepared for an influx of patients, we have extensive and comprehensive surge plans and staffing contingency plans. To help ensure our caregivers and patients continue to have enough supplies and equipment, HCA Healthcare is working to identify other sources of important supplies and equipment to help ensure the continued protection of our colleagues and patients.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital remains ready to serve potential and current patients. While COVID-19 is new, our ability to effectively care for those with infectious diseases is not. Our staff and physicians are well trained to respond appropriately to needs of patients as we do daily in the community. As more cases are announced across Florida, this includes properly preparing and caring for those who are potential or positive for COVID-19 when the need arises.
The community needs to stay informed with the facts: Visit the sites that provide you with the facts (CDC.gov, floridahealth.gov, FWBMC.com, and TCHospital.com). They all provide updates via Facebook too.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 267-bed full-service hospital and is the only Level II Trauma Center in the Tri-County Area, with over 300 highly respected and qualified physicians. For women and children services, we have 24/7 neonatologists available and the area’s only Level II NICU. Its expanded emergency services include a dedicated Pediatric ER, 24/7 Destin ER, an Express tract for minor injuries, and a full-service 24/7 Fort Walton Beach ER. It is the only acute care hospital in the Tri-County area that offers open heart surgery, an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and an Associate of the UAB Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center also has the only inpatient acute care rehab facility in the tri-county are – The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, located in Destin, FL.
The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division
The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 14 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county.