Tim Bedford, Chief Executive Officer
Tim Bedford began his 31-year healthcare career as Plant Operations Director for Florida Camelot Residential Treatment Center in Tampa, FL. His expertise includes a wide scope of behavioral administration, including plant operations, environmental services, food services, purchasing, information technology, security, communications, and all clinical department areas. In 1988, he built new hospitals for Charter Medical and became Director of Operations at Charter Pasco in Land O’ Lakes, FL, advancing his career to include Charter Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL and Charter Medfield Hospitals in Clearwater, FL.
For 12 years, he served as Director of Operations at Peachford Hospital in Atlanta, GA before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Willow Springs Residential Treatment Center in Reno, NV.
In 2010, Tim joined Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital in Panama City, FL as Chief Executive Officer, where he has worked diligently to upgrade the facility and it’s programming to appropriately meet the community’s growing needs.
Tim is also responsible for the development and addition of our substance abuse program
at the hospital, as well as our military-specific Patriot Support Program, the Military Resiliency Program
. Additionally, Tim implemented a new treatment modality, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), facility-wide, which is the first time this therapy has been introduced in the acute care setting.
Tim is continually looking for ways to grow and improve in order to better serve our community. In a response to needs expressed by area providers, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital expanded their services to Ft. Walton Beach, FL, with the addition of the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in 2013. Shortly after, we opened Blue Springs Outpatient Center in Marianna, FL in 2014. The expansion of services within the Northwest Florida community continued with the opening of Parkhill Outpatient Center in Tallahassee, FL at the beginning of 2016.
Adding to our expanding outpatient service line, we introduced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in late 2014 at our main campus in Panama City, and in late 2016 at the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Ft. Walton Beach. We are the only TMS providers from Pensacola to Tallahassee and are proud to offer this service to the community. Other plans on the horizon include the expansion of our main campus to add additional inpatient and outpatient services to meet the growing needs of our community.