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HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital is a full-service hospital & 24/7 ER providing a range of medical services, including cardiology and stroke care, in Okeechobee.

Message from the CEO

Hi, I am Brian Melear, CEO of HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital.

Welcome to our website. I hope that you find the information on this site helpful and informative. If you ever need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you understand the scope of healthcare services offered here, as well as address any of the details or follow-up questions you may have related to your care and treatment.

We are proud to have provided our community quality healthcare with a personal touch for the past 40 years. Patients and families often tell me that the staff, physicians and volunteers at HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital make a tremendous impact on their experience at our facility. We're here for you.

Did you know you have a Top-Performing Hospital, right in your backyard? HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital was recognized as a "Top Performer" by The Joint Commission on Key Quality Measures for five years in a row! We are one of only 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve this recognition. We are proud to earn the distinction of being recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. We were also recognized for achievement on the following measure sets:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Immunization
  • Pneumonia
  • Surgical care
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital is licensed by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a Primary Stroke Center. We are proud to have earned the 2019 Healthgrades Five-Star Treatment Awards for the following conditions: Respiratory Failure, Hip Fracture and Heart Attack. In addition to these awards, we have also received Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Our intensive care unit (ICU) was recognized in 2019 as an Honoree in HCA Healthcare's Unit of Distinction Awards for being among the top 10 percent of all HCA Healthcare Critical Care Nursing Units in its achievement of measurable, exemplary performance in the areas of advocacy, leadership, and consistency in nursing practice and operations.

In a similar example of our excellence in nursing, our surgical services department has achieved the Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) strong status for the percentage of staff who have completed their voluntary certification in the specialized field of perioperative (surgical) nursing. This certification is the standard by which the public recognizes quality nursing care.

HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital is an integral part of the community. We not only participate in community traditions and events, we also provide educational and informational services for the community to learn about healthcare and the latest medical technologies. To learn more about our hospital-sponsored classes and events and register to attend them, call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline toll-free at (863) 763-9228. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

As always, I welcome and encourage patients and their loved ones to share feedback and suggestions with members of the patient's healthcare team or myself.


Brian Melear
Chief Executive Officer

HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital statistics

  • 63.5 K

    Total patients treated in 2019

  • 478+

    Total employees

  • 180+


  • 100

    Licensed beds

We are supported by a leadership team committed to bettering the lives of patients within the communities we serve. Our hospital leaders are experienced in many areas of healthcare and use their knowledge to improve the quality of care we provide.
Awards and recognitions
We strive to exceed our patients' needs. Our dedication to excellence in healthcare has led to us receiving awards and recognition from organizations such as The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology. 
In the community
To improve the health of the diverse communities we serve — and as part of HCA Healthcare, Florida's largest healthcare provider — we continue to take a leading role in fundamentally transforming how healthcare is provided. We also work in partnership with other organizations to provide a wide range of community benefit programs and services.