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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health recently broke ground at its I-4 and Kathleen Road location as part of its continued expansion of medical care in the area. Once complete, along with offering primary care and specialty care, the I-4 location will be home to Lakeland Regional Health’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency program.

“Given the vast population growth in our area there is a huge need for increased access to high-quality health care,” said Danielle Drummond, President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health. “We are not only committed to becoming a world-class academic medical center through our GME program, but we are dedicated to sustained growth throughout our county and beyond to meet the health care needs of our community.”

Lakeland Regional Health recently opened locations in Lake Wales and in Plant City. It also recently completed larger scale projects such as the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children in 2018, and the most recent addition set to open end of summer 2022, the Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Wellness. Once the I-4 location opens, Lakeland Regional Health will have nearly 20 facilities in Polk and Hillsborough Counties and is considering additional locations in south Lakeland and other areas.

“Polk County statistics already show a poor ratio of providers to residents in some areas; and in certain health measures, the County ranks below both state and national levels,” said Tim Regan, MD, President/Chief Medical Officer of Lakeland Regional Health. “So as the population continues to grow, so will the health needs of the community. It is essential that we address both the physician shortage and the health of those in our area by bringing more physicians and health care providers to our community.”

Lakeland Regional Health hopes to have nearly 200 residents in its Graduate Medical Education program once it is fully operational. Currently, four residencies have received accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Those include General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. The organization is exploring future residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Transitional Year.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status six times since 2013 and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

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