Port Charlotte is a small community nestled along Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast, between Sarasota and Naples, about 100 miles south of Tampa. The area features numerous upland and aquatic preserves, marine estuaries and a unique network of barrier islands and mangrove forests. In addition, Port Charlotte offers miles of beaches, more than 70 parks, 16 golf courses as well as great dining, music and theater.
In 2009, CNN Money named Port Charlotte the Top Place to Retire, not only for its water accessibility, but for its culture, nature preserves and top-notch medical facilities.
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte is a 254-bed, Joint Commission-accredited, full-service hospital serving Charlotte, Sarasota and Desoto counties. The hospital's staff of roughly 900 employees includes over 300 physicians representing more than 40 specialties. In January 2012, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte opened the Heart Institute, Charlotte County's only full-service cardiac center, offering a full spectrum of interventional cardiac services, including open heart surgery. Bayfront Health Port Charlotte also has the only licensed obstetric and pediatric units and Level II neonatal intensive care unit, physician board-certified and fellowship-trained in emergency pediatric medicine, and the only center using the Neurocom Equitest for balance disorders in the County.