Fishermen's Community Hospital

Physician Affiliated With Fishermen’s Community Hospital Joins Baptist Health Medical Group

October 23, 2017

Coral Gables, FL – October 23, 2017 — Baptist Health Medical Group, an organization of more than 180 physicians in multiple specialties integrated within Baptist Health South Florida, welcomes to its team Ronald Samess, M.D., family medicine, who is affiliated with Fishermen’s Community Hospital. Dr. Samess sees patients at 5701 Overseas Hwy., Suite 17.

“We are pleased to welcome Drs. Samess to Baptist Health Medical Group and extend our reach in the Florida Keys,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group. “In line with the Baptist Health mission, he will provide patients in the Middle Keys with high-quality, compassionate patient- and family-centered healthcare services.”

Rick Freeburg, CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital, added: “Dr. Samess is a valued addition to the Baptist Health family. He is acutely aware of the healthcare needs in the Keys community, and I look forward to collaborating with him to meet the needs of the people we serve.”

Dr. Samess diagnoses and treats a wide range of health issues, including simple and complex health conditions, chronic disease management, minor emergencies, urgent care and the coordination of specialty care. He also promotes wellness by offering routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized healthy lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Samess is Board certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, and completed a residency in family medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, where he served as chief resident.

Due to Hurricane Irma, Fishermen’s Community Hospital opened a full-service field hospital in order to provide care to the Middle Keys community. The mobile disaster hospital is on the grounds of Fishermen’s and includes a five-bed emergency department, a six-bed-in-patient unit, diagnostic equipment and a laboratory.

About Baptist Health Medical Group
Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high quality medical care to patients of all ages, is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with ten hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 18,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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