Parent company of Villages hospital earns American Heart Association workplace award

Central Florida Health, the 636-bed not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, has been honored with an award from the American Heart Association.

For the second year in a row, the healthcare organization received the highest level of the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement Award.

The Villages Regional Hospital includes a 307-bed acute care facility that has more than tripled in size since opening in 2002 and is golf-cart accessible.

“It is an honor to receive this award for the second year in a row,” says Juli Romero-Gomez, RN Coordinator of the “Healthy You, Healthy Us” Wellness Program at Central Florida Health. “It is a true testament to all of the hard work and health changes being made individually and system-wide.”

The American Heart Association created the Workplace Health Achievement Index with its CEO Roundtable members, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 CEOs from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health. The Index evaluates the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that is calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

More than 1,000 companies completed the Index assessment this year, and of those companies, 75 percent received either Gold, Silver or Bronze recognition. Companies also receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward ideal heart health.

Leesburg Regional Medical Center, a 329-bed acute care hospital, has served Leesburg and the surrounding communities for more than 50 years and is Lake County’s largest tertiary care hospital.

“We look forward to a continued successful relationship with the American Heart Association and to implementing changes that support a culture of great health and well-being for our team members and community,” Romero-Gomez said.

Central Florida Health is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. CFH provides services to Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, inpatient rehabilitation services at TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations. To learn more, visit

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