I know the last thing anyone wants to think of is needing a Hospital. Unfortunately, everyone needs one at some point in time. When I am out showing houses to future residents I make sure to also show them where the Hospital is located. Buying a house in the Florida Keys will make you a local. Local knowledge of things like Hospital locations will make you an informed local. Today's post is information that I hope you will never need to use but it's much better to know where the Hospitals are and not need one than to need a Hospital and not know where it is located
Key West, Lower Keys Medical Center, 5900 College Road, Key West, FL 33040, 305-294-5531
The Lower Keys facility was created in 1971, and serves the citizens of the Florida Keys living below the Seven Mile Bridge. It is the area's sole hospital care provider. There are 75 physicians on the Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) medical staff. Our nursing staff numbers over 200. With a total staff of 500, LKMC is the largest employer in the City of Key West. Some of the services offered at the Lower Keys Medical Center are general surgery, ophthalmologic and orthopedic surgery, gynecological surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, out-patient and ambulatory care, a full-service clinical laboratory, rehabilitative therapy, respiratory services, pharmacy, 24-hour emergency medicine, critical care, pathology, pediatrics, obstetrics and family birthing suites, continuing education classrooms, nutrition services, diagnostic radiology and radiology oncology, psychiatric in or out-patient care, and a chemical dependency program. Being a 30 year resident of Key West and having been in the Lower Keys Medical Center I say only go there if you must. We have several great walk in clinics in Key West that are much better than this Hospital. If you need a full Hospital and have any choice go up to one of the other Hospitals Marathon or Tavernier. My own Doctor will not admit patients to Lower Keys Medical Center and if they demand to go there he marks their Medical Records "Against Medical Advice" and requires them to sign it before he will admit them.
Marathon, Fisherman's Hospital, 3301 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050, 305-743-5533
The dream of Fishermen`s Hospital began in 1957 when a group of concerned citizens formed the Marathon Hospital Association, a nonprofit organization chartered by the State of Florida. Reorganization in 1959 converted the group to what is known as Fishermen`s Hospital. On March 25, 1961, ground breaking ceremonies were held under the chairmanship of Phil Sadowski. The combined efforts of the community were rewarded on August 23, 1962, when the building known as Fishermen`s Hospital was officially dedicated. The 36-bed health care facility admitted its first patient on September 3, 1962. Since the first patient was admitted, the hospital has grown tremendously in size and services rendered to the community. In March of 1973, the hospital opened the West Wing, expanding the bed capacity to a 74-bed health care facility. The closing of the East Wing in 1984, changed the bed capacity to its present day total of 58. Six of the beds are ICU beds with the latest monitoring equipment. Telemetry capabilities are available at all beds in the West Wing. In July 1986, the Board of Trustees of Fishermen`s Hospital signed a lease with Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA). Since that time, HMA has made good its promise to modernize Fishermen`s Hospital and broaden its services. Together with the Board of Trustees, Medical Staff and Administration, HMA has established and helped maintain Fishermen`s Hospital in its position at the forefront of technological care with the latest equipment and procedures. Fishermen`s Hospital remains committed to providing quality health care services to Marathon and the surrounding communities. I prefer Fisherman's over Lower Keys Medical Center. Fisherman's Hospital is part of Baptist Hospital in Miami which is one of the best Hospitals in Florida.
Tavernier (Key Largo) Mariners Hospital, 91500 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070
Mariners Hospital Medical Staff Doctors in a variety of specialties make up the heart of Mariners Hospital. All our physicians, from internists to surgeons, are Board-certified or Board-eligible. Specialists on staff at Mariners Hospital include internal and family medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, gastroenterology, gynecology, otolaryngology (ENT), cardiology, general surgery and urology. Below, is a list of physicians on our medical staff. For a free, confidential referral to a physician at Mariners or other Baptist Health South Florida facility, call the Baptist Health Physician Referral Service at 1-800-228-6557, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Of the three Hospitals in the Keys Mariners is my favorite. Like Fisherman's Hospital, they are part of Baptist Hospital in Miami but Mariners is bigger than Fisherman's with more Specialists and more equipment.
I hope you have just wasted your time reading this information and never need to know where the Hospitals are located but I'd rather you know where they are and hope you never have to see the inside of any of them. Stay healthy, stay safe and enjoy your home in the Florida Keys that you bought from me.
Gary McAdams, PA
Barbara Anderson Realty
Key West, Florida