• HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital Launches Graduate Medical Education Program, Welcomes First Residents

    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (July 19, 2023) – HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, a 430-bed full-service acute care facility and part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in the state, today announced the hospital’s inaugural graduate medical education (GME) program.

    With an initial class of 21 medical residents, Lawnwood Hospital launched its internal medicine and general surgery GME program in early July. The program offers an educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery.

    “We are committed to ensuring our residents’ clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled,” said HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital chief medical officer Dr. Michael Bakerman. “In our program, residents learn to become compassionate and professional caregivers. Our program emphasizes not only the scientific aspects of medical practice, but also humanistic ones.”

    Both accredited GME programs are rigorous and designed to train the next generation of physicians and physician leaders.

    “Our educational model is built around interactive small group teaching sessions,” said HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital chief executive officer Eric Goldman. “Our goal is to mold our residents into excellent physicians and individuals who will positively impact the field of medicine and the patients we serve.”

    HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital’s GME program is one of more than 300 residency and fellowship programs provided by HCA Healthcare and is part of the largest GME community in the United States.

    About HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital
    HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital is a 430-bed, full-service acute care hospital accredited by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration as a comprehensive stroke center. Specializing in emergency services, dedicated pediatric emergency services, Level II trauma services, maternity, Level III neonatal services, pediatric intensive care services, comprehensive stroke services, minimally invasive surgery and open-heart surgery, we provide high-quality, exceptional patient care to Fort Pierce residents and the surrounding communities. The hospital has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care and is an American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center. The hospital’s 24-hour emergency room provides specialized hospital services for adults and children of all ages. For more information on HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital, please visit hcafloridahealthcare.com or call 772-461-4000.

    HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital is a part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the leading provider of healthcare in the state of Florida. With an employee base of 77,000, HCA Florida Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 50 hospital campuses and more than 450 other care sites.


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