New Wing of Gulf Coast Medical Center Opens Soon

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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Gulf Coast Medical Center is preparing to receive it's first patients for its new critical care wing next week.

Thursday afternoon hospital officials cut the ribbon on the $33 million dollar addition.

After more than a year of construction the expansion of the medical center is finally up and running.

The facility offers something for both the patients and their families.

The brand new three story addition will provide a total of 42 new critical care beds.

The first floor will hold 20 adult IUC beds.

The second floor is features 4 pediatric intensive care beds and 18 neonatal intensive care beds.

Besides the latest medical technology for patients, the rooms also proves some amenities for their families.

Chief Executive Officer for the Gulf Coast Medical Center, Carlton Ulmer said, "Our goal for the adult and the
neonatal ICU is to make it very patient, family, physician centric to offer that privacy."

Each room has a futon for family members to stay overnight.

There are also private bathrooms and a built in desk for nurses.

Director of Children's Services, Mindy Young said, "Every service that you need now will be located in this facility and people don't have to travel anymore. We can keep our babies and our families in our community with the need no longer to have to be uprooted when their babies are sick."

The new units will begin treating patients next Tuesday.

In January, the wing will add level three beds to treat critical care patients.

The next closest level three unit is located in Pensacola.