Area companies working together to develop local health care campus
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A partnership with several area companies could bring more jobs to Bay County if their intent to develop a health care campus in Panama City Beach comes to fruition.
According to a press release from The St. Joe Company, the organization is partnering with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. and the Florida State University College of Medicine to develop the facility on 87 acres near Highway 79 and Philip Griffitts Sr. Parkway. The health care campus will be located near the Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community currently being built for people ages 55 and older.
St. Joe officials said future development plans include construction of an Emergency Center and a 100-bed inpatient facility. We’re told the center will offer other services, such as gastroenterology, urology, gynecology, cardiology, and general surgery.
President and CEO of St. Joe Jorge Gonzalez said, “Convenient access to quality health care services is vital to the success of a growing region. The creation of this planned health care campus will enhance the quality of life for local residents and provide tremendous opportunities for the entire region.”
Panama City Beach Mayor Mark Sheldon said, “This planned health care campus is so exciting as it will allow for a great opportunity for job creation in Panama City Beach and Bay County.”
This would be the first facility for TMH in Bay County. The company currently serves 17 counties in Florida and Georgia.
According to the release, FSU will use the health care campus for research focused on “successful aging and senior living technology as well as residency programs and educational rotations for its students”.
Officials hope to break ground on the project as early as 2022.
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