West Florida Healthcarehas been one of Northwest Florida's leading healthcare providers for more than 30 years. As such, we are committed to offering our patients the latest in advanced technology in a caring, compassionate environment. Here are just a few examples of what West Florida Healthcare has to offer:* A number of patient safety initiatives, including the area's only electronic bedside bar coding system that safely administers medications. * The first hospital in the area to offer the revolutionary new Spyglass Direct Visualization technology to treat patients with liver, gallbladder and bile duct disorders. * The area's first Digital Operating Room. * The first hospital in the area to offer Deep Brain Stimulation, a new procedure used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease patients. * The first in the area to utilize a revolutionary new procedure called Dynesys® Dynamic Stabilization to treat patients with lower back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis. * A new 64-slice CT scanner is a recent addition to West Florida Hospital's growing line of digital technology. * Ten primary care physician offices conveniently located throughout the area to serve your primary care needs. * The 16-bed Covenant Hospice Inpatient and Palliative Care Center. * The area's first LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Post-Partum) unit, now a nationally recognized Family Birthplace. With a total of 531 beds, our facility offers a full range of comprehensive and specialty healthcare services, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, and has been recognized with several prestigious awards and certifications. We are committed to clinical excellence, innovation, and enhancing the standard of healthcare for our community. West Florida Healthcare ... experience our difference. __________________________________________________ ADVANCED TECHNOLOGYWest Florida Hospital is now offering potential emergency room patients how long the wait is before they make the trip. Patients can text 23000 with the word ER in the text body to find out the wait time from their cell phone. The hospital's new daVinci® Robot offers the latest in robotically-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The daVinci Robot is being used for minimally invasive prostate, thoracic, general, and gynecological surgeries. Electronic Health Record (EHR) – With EHR, access to patient health information is simplified and patient safety and quality improved. Our hospitals have brought numerous clinical components for the EHR on-line through major investments in technology. Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) –The PACS system immediately digitizes images such as X-rays, and other scans including CT, MRI and PET, so they can be stored and electronically viewed on screens anywhere. This enables doctors and other health care professionals to access the images, even remotely, and to compare new images with previous images at the touch of a button. Electronic Medication Bar Coding System (eMAR) – We led a national effort to reduce medication errors by placing this system in all of our hospitals. Bar codes on medications are scanned at the patient's bedside, providing our clinical staff with an effective tool to ensure that the right patient receives the right medication at the right time through the right route.