Healthy Options

wcfl-woman-reading-bookFrom leading-edge surgeries to palliative care, eastern Pasco County’s health care climate is thriving.

According to Governor Rick Scott’s Florida Health Physician Workforce Annual Report, there are 63,985 licensed physicians in the state, and 820 of them practice in Pasco County. More than a third of those practitioners are located in Dade City and Zephyrhills, giving us easy access to everything from robotic surgeries and non-invasive procedures to wellness centers and preventive care.

Eastern Pasco, despite its size, has some of the area’s most state-the-art facilities, technologically advanced medical practices, and proficient rehabilitation centers in Tampa Bay. Here is a look at some of the biggest players on this ever-growing stage, and what they bring to our community’s health care options.


Bayfront Health. What began as General Hospital in 1973 with 64 beds, a five-bed ICU, eight-bed nursery, and two-room operating suite, is now a 120-bed acute-care hospital with more than 150 physicians representing 25 medical specialties. A Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center and Designated Primary Stroke Center, it is part of the Bayfront Health Network, a seven-hospital network with the renowned Bayfront Health St. Petersburg at its hub. Medical services at Bayfront Health Dade City include bariatric weight-loss surgery, a 24/7 /365 ER, epilepsy center, heart care center, orthopedic center, sleep lab, stroke care center, and a five-room surgery suite that is ranked one of the nation’s best for General Surgery.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is one of nine Florida Hospitals in Tampa Bay within the Adventist Health System that began on the shores of Central Florida’s Lake Estelle in 1908. It all started in a single, two-story farmhouse-turned hospital and has grown to 22 state-of-the-art hospitals throughout the state. Today, it is one of the largest health care providers in Florida. Its Women’s Center is the only East Pasco facility offering full labor and delivery services through The Baby Place. Its award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open-heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedure. The Institute recently received a Gold Plus Award, the highest distinction given by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Medical Practices

East Pasco Women’s Care. Dr. Marian Sampson and Dr. Annette Williams have a combined quarter-century of experience providing routine to complete OB-GYN services for women of all ages. Their practice provides everything from regular gynecologic exams and pap smears to minimally invasive and laparoscopic GYN procedures. They also provide advanced obstetrical care for both normal and high-risk pregnancies.

Florida Medical Clinic. Because Florida Medical Clinic offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services within a single, clinically integrated network, they are able to streamline every aspect of patient care. Its nearly 300 providers have extensive training in anesthesiology, cardiology, endocrinology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, hematology/medical oncology, hospital medicine, pain management, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, pathology, podiatry, radiology, and urology. Services are provided in 10 locations throughout Dade City and Zephyrhills.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute. One of the nation’s premier centers for orthopedic care, education and research, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is home to dozens of highly trained and skilled physicians covering every orthopedic specialty. Florida’s largest orthopedic group, the Institute is supported by a professional staff of more than 500 people on their main Tampa campus, and 43 affiliated providers at its Dade City location. Specialties include adult reconstructive and arthritis surgery, hip and knee replacements, sports medicine and spine surgery.

Premier Community HealthCare. Premier Community HealthCare Group, Inc. was founded in 1979 as a Community Health Center offering the community medical services based on income to better serve the un- and under-insured. For four decades Premier has provided comprehensive, high-quality, cost-efficient medical care. Its medical team includes board-certified and board-eligible physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and a wide variety of support staff. Services include behavioral health, dental, family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and community services. Premier also offers wellness programs that include diabetes management and smoking cessation.

Premier Heart and Vascular Center. Your heart is in good hands with the experienced team of staff and highly trained cardiologists at Premier Heart and Vascular Center. They offer testing, specialized clinics, and outpatient procedures to diagnose and treat any heart condition. For over 25 years, they have been performing cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty and stenting, and implanting pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators. The Center is an accredited nuclear laboratory as well.

Women’s Health Of Pasco. With offices in Dade City and Zephyrhills, women’s Health of Pasco offers a comprehensive suite of services including bio-identical hormone replacement, weight management, urinary incontinence, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, family planning, infertility, pregnancy care, and general gynecologic care.


Gulfside Regional Hospice. Gulfside Hospice is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been providing hospice services throughout Pasco County for 25 years. Their nurses and caregivers are there when patients need them the most – providing comfort care for those living with a life-limiting illness, their loved ones and those who have lost someone special in their lives. Patients in Gulfside’s care know dignity, peace and comfort through the support and understanding of its professional staff and dedicated volunteers.

HPH Hospice. HPH Hospice (HPH) is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization providing innovative, skilled medical care to patients with life-limiting illness and compassionate support to their family members. Established in 1982, and initially licensed in 1984, HPH provides hospice care to the residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties in Florida. Their commitment to the individualized needs of patients, and focus on care, comfort and support in delivering compassion and dignity have remained HPH’s strength for 34 years.

Nursing & Rehabilitative Care

Heritage Park Health & Rehabilitation. Gulf Coast Health Care is a leading provider in the long-term industry serving the Southeastern United States. There are 44 skilled nursing and assisted living centers throughout Florida, Mississippi and Alabama with a team of over 6,000 associates in the Heritage Park network. From the professional and compassionate nursing care provided, to the cleanliness and maintenance of the buildings, to the accuracy and creativity of the dining experience, everyone is focused on one question, “may I help you?”

Westbrooke Manor. Westbrooke Manor offers assisted living and adult day care and respite services. Many individuals require just a minimum amount of assistance, while others may need a little more. Westbrooke Manor offers varying levels of assistance so each individual can maintain a certain level of independence. Each resident is assessed to determine the exact level of care needed. Westbrooke offers day care and short-term stays to assist busy families with their caregiving needs. They also assist those who need recovery after a small surgery, short illness, or temporary placement.

Home Health Care

West Florida Health. The home care team at West Florida Health knows that nothing feels better after an illness or surgery than coming home. They help patients heal quickly and reduce the odds of them returning to the hospital. Patients receive 24/7 nurse access, an expert staff, specialized care programs and simplified billing. Its network of home care providers implement individualized care plans, is certified by Medicare and accredited by The Joint Commission, and has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 Home Care Elite.

Holistic Health

Meridian Counseling and Wellness Center. Meridian provides each client with a variety of services by licensed therapists with extensive advanced training and certifications to address and alleviate most mental health and physical health issues. It offers traditional cognitive/behavioral therapy as well as innovative, state-of-the-art holistic methods of healing. Services include counseling, mind/body healing, body talk, and rapid resolution therapy, as well as natural supplements to relieve allergies and asthma, colds and flu, acid reflux, and weight loss.


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