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B.E.S.T. Students at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) hosted the B.E.S.T Summer Academy for two weeks at the end of June for 21 high school students who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist or other health professional. The academy was founded by Dr. Dexter Frederick, an internist/pediatrician, who still plays an active role in the program. Participating students from Pasco and Hillsborough counties had to complete an application, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and participate in an interview before being accepted. The students accepted at FHZ  rotated through different departments including surgery and shadowed many health care professionals. They also took that classes that included anatomy, vital signs, diabetes management and prevention, and emergency care for minor injuries.  B.E.S.T. Academy sponsors were Bible Truth Ministries International; Florida Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic’s Foundation of Caring; Gulf Coast North AHEC; Molina Health Care; St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute; The Apprentice Doctor; ThinkBuildLive Success; and USF’s Morsani College of Medicine.  


About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.