In 2017 the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation facilitated an exciting and innovative healthcare initiative designed to improve access to primary care for the patients and the communities we serve.
After conducting an extensive feasibility study and pro-forma startup analysis, the solution to improving access to primary care was determined to be “grow our own” physicians through the development of a locally operated Family Medicine Residency Program. The establishment of The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Winter Haven Hospital now serves as the prime solution to address the lack of access to primary care challenge.
As part of the initiative the Foundation facilitated a $3,750,000 grant from the Polk County Indigent Tax Fund to help underwrite the construction and infrastructure of the new facility. Construction on the 15,000 sq. ft. Family Medicine Residency Program clinical training facility is now in the final stages.
The Winter Haven Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that a new, six-figure pledge has been made in support of the Residency Program by longtime friends and supporters of the Foundation, The Swain Family.
Foundation Trustee Brian Swain states, “Our family understands the importance of philanthropy, especially when it comes to supporting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s not-for-profit mission. We feel proud to step forward and support the new Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency program at Winter Haven Hospital. We firmly believe the residency program will have a lasting impact on our community and future generations.”