When it comes to first-rate health care, Aiken fills the prescription. Residents are in good hands with nine hospitals and more than 25,000 medical professionals in the area. Residents have access to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, which Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence named No. 1 in the region for treating heart failure, heart attacks and pneumonia. Even more, the hospital is in the top 2 percent in the country for quality care, according to rankings by the private, non-profit group HealthInsight. The expansive medical campus opened in 1917, although a lot has changed over the years. Now a 230-bed acute care facility with more than 120 physicians on staff, hospital services include a 24-hour emergency room, cancer care institute and specialized centers for both sleep disorders and joint replacement. Preventative care is just as important as emergency care, and Aiken residents have plenty of classes and training session to choose from. ARMC offers CPR and first aid courses, a variety of parenting classes as well as baby-sitter’s training certification by the American Red Cross. And if you’re settling down after retirement, Aiken is just what the doctor ordered. The mild temperatures are just right, doctors are abundant and there are numerous living options or the after-work set. Residents over 50 can also benefit from ARMC’s senior wellness program, which is free to join and features discounts, seminars and activities. After all, with the golf, walking trails and other outdoor activities Aiken has to offer, you couldn’t ask for a better way to keep fit. Of course, people aren’t the only residents in Aiken who need quality care. Several specialized equine vets provide health care to the horses that make the area part of Thoroughbred Country. And, don’t worry, Fido and Kitty are treated well, too, with more than a dozen veterinarians throughout the city.