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Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center announces $11M free-standing ER in Panama City Beach

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center announces $11M free-standing ER in Panama City Beach

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center will expand access to emergency care in Bay County with the opening of a freestanding emergency department in Panama City Beach. The new free-standing ER will be located at the intersection of U.S. 98 and Moylan Rd and construction is expected to start later this year.

The free-standing ER in Panama City Beach will be a full service, fully staffed emergency room with ER physicians, RN’s and a medical team ready to service the needs of the community with the same capabilities as the ER at the main hospital. It will feature 11 emergency exam rooms, CT scan, general X-ray and an on-site laboratory, and will be capable of caring for all ages, including pediatrics. The 11,000 square-foot, one-story facility is expected to serve more than 10,000 patients a year and will employ approximately 30 full-time healthcare professionals with additional staff hired to support growing needs.

“The new ER in Panama City Beach will allow us to deliver emergency care right where many of our patients and families live,” said Brad Griffin, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center CEO. “This freestanding ER will provide the same expert and compassionate care we deliver throughout the county, but in a more convenient setting for our patients in Panama City Beach. This latest announcement is part of a series of investments we have launched recently in response to the growing needs of Bay County. Our commitment to improving more lives in more ways is strengthened with each addition to our sites and services, and we are proud to continue to be a provider of choice for the communities we serve.”

As a means to continue improving access to local high-quality care, this will be the second free standing ER for Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. Panama City ER opened in July 2020 and is located on Hwy 231 near Transmitter Rd. In addition to this latest expansion of emergency care, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has recently invested in several other projects designed to improve access to healthcare in Bay County.

Earlier this year, construction began on a $62 million investment in the main hospital, which includes the addition of 67,000 square feet, 24 private patient rooms, a 20 bed-inpatient rehabilitation facility and a 16-bed surgical intensive care unit. The hospital is also nearing completion of its new wound care and hyperbaric center which is located on the corner of Jenks Ave and Doctors Dr.

About Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is a 223–bed acute care hospital proudly serving Bay County and surrounding communities for 40 years. The hospital was recently named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® – heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, surgical care, and perinatal care – for the fourth consecutive year and has achieved certifications for its stroke and wound care. Located in Panama City, Florida, its team of more than 450 providers and 1,000 employees work to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care every day. With the area’s only designated Pediatric ER, four-bed Pediatric ICU and 28-bed NICU, the hospital is ready to care for our youngest residents. The hospital has the only Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI as recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Additionally, the hospital’s cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). These designations enhance the hospital’s quality of care and demonstrate its commitment to higher, measurable standards of care.

About HCA Healthcare North Florida Division
The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 15 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county.