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Wauchula State Bank has not only served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family-owned, locally managed community bank, but also is helping to support health care needs in Hardee County by donating $100,000 to Florida Hospital Wauchula’s new facility building campaign. As thanks for this significant donation, Florida Hospital Wauchula’s Café will be named in honor of Wauchula State Bank.
“Our family’s banking business is a great asset. We’re able to manage for the long term and do what’s in the best interest of employees, customers, and the community,” said J.W. “Bill” Crews, Jr., Chairman of Wauchula State Bank. “It is our goal to be a true local partner, and this opportunity has granted us just that. We look forward to the benefits this new facility will bring to the community we call home.”
“The opening of a new hospital facility in Wauchula later this year, and the opportunity to share in the excitement with the community is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Randy Surber, Florida Hospital Heartland CEO. “I am so pleased with Wauchula State Bank’s contribution to this initiative, and the lasting positive impact it will have on the community.”
“We appreciate Wauchula State Bank's desire to be a community partner,” said Denise Grimsley, Florida Hospital Wauchula’s Vice President and Administrator. “Thanks to Wauchula State Bank's generosity, we have a wonderful opportunity to continue to provide quality health care to our Hardee County residents.”
“Florida Hospital is honored to be the recipient of this generous gift. It will help in our continued growth and will ensure our neighbors continue to receive the state-of-the-art health care they have come to expect from Florida Hospital, without leaving Wauchula,” said Christen Johnson, Florida Hospital Foundation Director. “Wauchula State Bank’s remarkable gift is a testament to their loyalty, generosity and investment in Hardee County’s future.”
About the New Facility
Always focused on patient safety and comfort, Florida Hospital Wauchula will continue its award-winning reputation as a “Top Rural Hospital” offering critical access, the first designated in the State of Florida. The ultramodern facility will open in November 2017 at its new location on State Road 17 and continue serving the same community it has for more than 20 years. The new 50,000-square foot facility will be similar in size to the current hospital with a 15-bed emergency department, 25-bed transitional care unit and extensive therapy rooms. The new hospital will feature a modern, healing environment for improved staff efficiency, more compassionate care and enhanced patient safety. Each private in-patient room will feature an ensuite bathroom, refrigerator, microwave and personal safe. The hospital will also offer concierge services, a beauty salon and an activity room with a full kitchen, washer/dryer and large screen television for events.
About Wauchula State Bank
Wauchula State Bank, based in Wauchula, Fla., has served the Florida Heartland since 1929 as a family-owned, locally managed community bank. In May of 1932, J.W. Crews Sr. purchased controlling interest in Wauchula State Bank and today the bank is still owned and operated by the Crews family. With over $640 million in assets and seven branches located in Hardee, Polk and Highlands counties, Wauchula State Bank is the largest among the family of banks under Crews Bank Corporation, a four-bank holding company with total assets of over 1.3 billion. In addition to Wauchula State Bank, Crews Banking Corporation owns Charlotte State Bank and Trust, Englewood Bank and Trust, and First State Bank of Arcadia. Each bank has their own President and their decisions are made locally in each of these markets. J.W. “Bill” Crews, Jr. is Chairman of Wauchula State Bank and his grandson, J.W. “Jake” Crews IV, serves as President and Lender at Wauchula State Bank.
A fourth generation Crews family member, Jake Crews, also serves as a Director of Crews Banking Corporation. Jake is passionate about providing leading edge technology to customers while maintaining consistent and dependable banking relationships to meet their needs.
About Florida Hospital
Florida Hospital Heartland Region is a not-for-profit, 222-bed health care system composed of three hospitals, including Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring and Lake Placid, and Florida Hospital Wauchula, with a staff of more than 1,650 employees and 225 board-certified physicians caring for the Highlands and Hardee County communities. A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network encompassing 24 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit www.FHHeartland.org.
About Adventist Health System
Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.
Adventist Health System is a faith-based health care organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's more than 78,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient.
With 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in ten states, Adventist Health System facilities incorporate the latest technological advancements and clinical research to serve more than 4.7 million patients annually. The full continuum of integrated care also includes urgent care centers, home health and hospice agencies, and skilled nursing facilities.
(left to right): Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation Director Christen Johnson, Brasfield & Gorrie Project Manager JC Peterson, Wauchula State Bank President Jake Crews, Wauchula State Bank Chairman Bill Crews and Florida Hospital Heartland Foundation Development Coordinator Madison Harris tour the new hospital project.