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Sacred Heart and LHP to Operate Bay Medical Center

Bay Medical Center in Panama City recently joined Sacred Heart Health System as part of a joint venture agreement between Sacred Heart and LHP Hospital Group. 

Sacred Heart and LHP are operating the 323-bed Bay Medical under 40-year lease and asset purchase agreement. As a result of the joint venture, Bay Medical will be able to retire all of its debt and begin the new joint venture debt-free. In addition, the joint venture will continue to follow the charity care policy of Bay Medical.
The joint venture’s governing board will have equal representation from LHP and Sacred Heart, and a local Board of Trustees composed of physicians and community leaders will oversee day-to-day decisions. All employees will become employees of an affiliate of LHP where their tenure and PTO will be recognized. 

Bay Medical President and CEO, Steve Johnson said the joint venture allows Bay Medical to provide the necessary charity care to the community while preserving its roots as our community’s hospital.  "The benefits of being part of Sacred Heart’s Northwest Florida network will have a tremendous positive impact on our operations and will benefit patients across the region," Johnson said. "Along with the clinical integration of hospitals from Port St. Joe to Pensacola, the increased purchasing power that comes with doing business as a network will provide substantial savings that can only enhance all that we offer.” 

“Sacred Heart and LHP are thrilled to begin a new era of serving Bay County,” said Susan Davis, interim CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “We look forward to working with Bay Medical’s physicians and staff to provide the best possible care to the entire community. We’re ready to start the process of aligning our values and vision with Bay Medical’s mission and plans for the future of healthcare.”

LHP will take the lead role in the daily operations and employment of Bay Medical staff, while Sacred Heart will take a lead role in integrating the clinical practices of Bay Medical with Sacred Heart's practices. 

The joint venture will strengthen our Health System's strategic position in a key market in Northwest Florida.  Sacred Heart has hospitals in communities to the east and west of Panama City. Those are Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Walton County and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, located in Port St. Joe.  

Dan Moen, LHP CEO, commented, “LHP is honored to be partners with Sacred Heart Health System in this joint venture. Bay Medical is an outstanding facility with an excellent reputation for patient care. The medical staff, the Board of Directors, the volunteers, and the employees have all worked very hard to make it a nationally recognized health care facility. Our goal has always been to collaborate with Sacred Heart on a plan that would allow Bay Medical to continue delivering the high quality care to the community while protecting the employees and honoring the hospital’s commitment to charity care.”
About Bay Medical Center
Bay Medical Center, a 323-bed regional referral center located in Panama City, Florida, has been recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals for clinical quality.  Bay Medical has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a best regional hospital and by NRC Ticker as the Consumer Choice Award winner for the Panama City area. With the opening of a new five-story patient care tower in 2010, Bay Medical is Bay County’s newest hospital with more private rooms and five star quality care and amenities.  Bay Medical is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Center of Excellence in the treatment of heart attack and stroke.  In addition to the main hospital campus, Bay Medical has diagnostic and rehab facilities in Panama City Beach and in Lynn Haven, along with HealthPlex Fitness, a wellness facility.

For more information about Bay Medical Center, please visit the center's website at or call (850) 769-1511.

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For more information about Bay Medical Center, please visit the center's website at or call (850) 769-1511.

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