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  • HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital Receives Unit of Distinction Awards

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    April 28, 2022

    Press Release


    For Immediate Release
    April 28, 2022
    Nina Harrelson, 850-217-0401
    Three Tri-County HCA Florida Healthcare Teams Receive Nationwide
    Unit of Distinction Award
    Fort Walton Beach, Fla. – Three Tri-County HCA Florida Healthcare teams have received HCA Healthcare’s nationwide Unit of Distinction (UOD) award for exemplary nursing.
    The following medical teams were recognized during a virtual ceremony Tuesday as the top-ranking nursing units across HCA Healthcare:
    • HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital: Cardiovascular intensive care unit; women’s and children’s services
    • HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital: Medical-surgical unit
    “Our nurses are on the frontline every day, providing exceptional and compassionate care, and constantly advocating for our patients,” said Zach McCluskey, CEO, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital. “We are thrilled to recognize our outstanding nurses every day, but especially today, as we approach National Nurses Week.”

    The same honor was given to HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital’s medical-surgical unit in 2016, and this year, ranks tenth among HCA Healthcare facilities across the country.
    “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our healthcare colleagues have risen to the challenge and provided compassionate, quality care,” said HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital CEO, Todd Jackson. “We couldn’t be prouder of the resiliency, dedication and commitment our team continues to demonstrate, despite the headwinds of this pandemic.”

    Launched in 2015, the annual UOD award program recognizes exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare facilities nationwide, where some 94,000 nurses are employed. The program is a component of our strategic focus on evidence-based practice, innovative care models and sharing to find the best of the best across our organization.
    Departments must meet rigorous requirements to earn the UOD designation: Measurable performance in advocacy and leadership, consistency in nursing practice and operations, and leveraging scale to drive performance.



    About HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital
    HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital is a 267-bed full-service hospital and is the only Level II Trauma Center in the Tri-County Area, with over 300 highly respected and qualified physicians. For women and children services, we have 24/7 neonatologists available and the area’s only Level II NICU. Its expanded emergency services include a dedicated Pediatric ER, 24/7 HCA Florida Destin Emergency, 24/7 HCA Florida Navarre Emergency and the full-service 24/7 HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Emergency. It is the only acute care hospital in the Tri-County area that offers open heart surgery, an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and an Associate of the UAB Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital also has the only inpatient acute care rehab facility in the tri-county area – HCA Florida Northwest Rehabilitation center, located in Destin, FL.
    About HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital
    HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital is a 65-bed acute care hospital with a medical staff of over 150 physicians. It offers all private rooms and the area’s only Certified Spine Surgery Program and the area’s first Certified Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program, in addition to a state-of-the-art surgery center.  HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital also has 24-hour emergency services, a critical care unit, specialty certification for treatment of sepsis and acute stroke care, and a variety of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.  Located at Highway 85 N and College Boulevard in Niceville, Twin Cities Hospital also has the areas only hospital-based Wellness Center, offering a variety of health-related seminars throughout the year. 
    About HCA Florida Healthcare
    HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 450 affiliated sites of care, including hospitals, physician practices, freestanding emergency rooms and urgent care centers, offering a collaborative network of personalized care. United as a statewide network in 2021, HCA Florida Healthcare includes approximately 11,000 experienced doctors and 77,000 colleagues working together to deliver high-quality, collaborative care to more than 6.4 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provided nearly $836.6 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across Florida, including the new $360 million state-of-the-art, multi-specialty HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, Fla. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State. For more information, please visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com
    Nina Harrelson, Director of Communications and Community Engagemen
    Nina.Harrelson@hcahealthcare.com, (850) 315-1352