Tallahassee, Fla. (September 16, 2013) – The Florida Hospital Association (FHA) today announced that Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) has joined its statewide association of hospitals and health systems. HMA’s Florida network, its largest nationwide, includes 23 general acute care hospitals and a clinical affiliation with UF Health Shands Hospital.
“We are honored to welcome HMA to the Florida Hospital Association,” said FHA President Bruce Rueben. “HMA is a dynamic organization that will strengthen and enhance our efforts to promote safe, effective, affordable care in the state of Florida.”
The Florida Hospital Association serves as a unified voice for the Florida hospital community, advocating on behalf of its hospital and health system members to maintain and improve access to quality health care for all Floridians.
“Our 23 hospitals and 15,000 associates from the western panhandle to Key West are an important voice in Florida, and we are pleased to combine our resources with other excellent health systems as we seek to bring awareness to the issues affecting Florida's health care system and economy,” said Alan Levine, senior vice president and Florida group president. “Our doctors and associates seek to provide the best quality of care, and partnering with the FHA is a value-added way to achieve this objective. I applaud the FHA for its recent initiative to improve the quality of surgical care in Florida, and our hospitals look forward to participating in these initiatives and more.”
FHA’s HMA member hospitals include: Bartow Regional Medical Center, Bayfront Health Brooksville, Bayfront Health Dade City, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, Bayfront Health Spring Hill, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Lehigh Regional Medical Center, Lower Keys Medical Center, Physicians Regional Medical Center-Collier Blvd., Physicians Regional Medical Center-Pine Ridge, Santa Rosa Medical Center, Sebastian River Medical Center, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center, Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center, Shands Starke Regional Medical Center, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Venice Regional Medical Center, Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne and Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge.
In addition to these hospitals, HMA has entered into letters of intent for the acquisition of Ocala's Munroe Regional Medical Center in partnership with UF Health Shands Hospital and Bert Fish Medical Center – both of which are current FHA members and will continue their membership.