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Health Care - In 1997, Doctors Memorial Hospital was the only hospital in Florida with less than 100 beds to be named as one of the "Top 100 Hospitals" in the United States. DMH is a 48 bed facility including a 4 bed Intensive Care Unit. Services such as diagnostic x-ray (including nuclear medicine and ultrasound), respiratory therapy, laboratory work and anesthesia are provided 24 hours, 7 days a week.
DMH offers comprehensive Surgical Services, Family and Internal Medicine, a Center for Pediatric Services, and a Center for Urological services. Health Services in your home is provided as an alternative to hospitalization or nursing home placement.
Doctors Memorial Hospital is emerging as a regional health care facility with a $20 million hospital that is now complete. This facility offers medical services including: vascular diagnostics, kidney dialysis, obstetrics and women's services, a chest pain emergency center and other related services.
For elderly patients, Taylor County has a nursing home facility, Marshall Health &
In addition, mental health counseling and facilities for retarded citizens are also available through Apalachee Center Mental Health Services.
The area has Doctors and Dentists with practitioners such as internal medicine specialists, cardiologists, family practitioners, a podiatrist, general medicine physicians, pediatricians, ENT surgeons, general surgery, radiologists, chiropractors, optometrists, specialists in orthopedic surgery and ophthalmology, urology, neurology and emergency medicine. More than 80% of local physicians are board certified and in full-time practice.
Recreation- Taylor County is the "Forest Capital of the South," located on the upper west coast of Florida with a vast Gulf of Mexico shoreline. The area has attractive, secluded beaches nestled along the coast. The county contains 1058 square miles has 80% of the land devoted to commercial forests and wildlife management areas. Much of the frontage of the numerous rivers and streams is owned by the Suwannee River Management District.
Each year thousand of tourists and natives alike, visit the many quaint fishing villages that dot the Taylor County coast. They enjoy the lakes and rivers of 11 public recreation areas as well as "flats" and offshore fishing. Speckled Trout, Red fish, Grouper, and Scallops are in abundance.
They experience a return to nature with an outdoor camping trip on the thousands of acres of beautiful woodlands of Taylor county, refresh with an enjoyable swim along the uncrowded beaches of the Gulf and thrill to the unspoiled beauty of nature along the back roads of our famed "Hidden Coast."
Hunting the state owned wildlife management areas or the many private clubs yield deer, wild hog, and turkey which thrive in the managed forests of the county.
For more information contact the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to fishing and hunting, Taylor County has recreational facilities for all the major sports, plus canoeing, biking, camping and picnic areas.
The semi-private Perry Golf & Country Club provides a newly lengthened two tee, par 72 nine hole course. All nine greens have been rebuilt to USGA standards featuring undulations, tiers, mounding and extensive trapping. Many of the tee boxes have been enlarged and lengthened to make the course more challenging for low handicappers. The country club features a complete clubhouse, driving range and swimming pool.
For aviators, Perry-Foley Airport has three 5,000 ft. resurfaced lighted runways with 24 hours, credit card, 100LL fuel service available. It easily handles private and commercial aircraft, including twin engine and jets.
In October, the annual Florida Forest Festival with the world's largest Free Fish Fry is held. This event attracts thousands that enjoy the Parade, entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibits, and the free food. Other annual festivals include Florida State Bluegrass Festival and Southern Pines Blues & BBQ.
Education- The Taylor County School System consists of six public schools and one vocational- technical and adult education center. The six schools are: Perry Primary School ( Grades K-2), Taylor County Elementary Schools (Grades 3-5), Taylor County Middle School (Grades 6-8), Taylor County High School (Grades 9-12) and the Steinhatchee School (Grades K-8), serving south Taylor County.
Taylor Technical Institute serves people from a variety of backgrounds and with vary abilities by providing programs in 3 major areas - vocational, adult, and community education. Career counseling and job placement are also available at the center. Two types of occupational education, job preparatory and supplemental, are offered, with a strong emphasis being placed upon high technology training to meet the needs of local business and industry. The school also offers a learning resource lab, adult basic education and general adult education programs. A wide range of short courses, seminars, and programs designed in response to community interests and needs are conducted year round for students whose ages range from kindergarten through the golden years.
In addition to the local public schools, North Florida Community College is located in Madison, Florida (30 miles from Perry), offering a full range of credit and non-credit courses. NFCC has a branch campus at the Taylor Technical Institute. In addition, University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida A&M University are within easy driving distance of Perry and offers both Bachelors and Graduate degrees in all major areas
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