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Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center announces $24 million expansion

Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 7:09 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City is continuing to grow, and so are the local hospitals. The Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center announced a $24 million expansion project on Monday.

This new project will include adding over 13,000 square feet of new space to the main facility and add an additional 6,000 square feet to the hospital’s diagnostic and rehabilitation center.

There will be an addition of one cardiovascular procedural suite and one operating suite that is expected to be completed in December of 2022. There will also be new wound care hyperbaric building.

“We are very proud of that investment. For us it is something we are equally proud of is the use of local resources as part of our construction efforts. It allows us to really pump back into the economy here in Bay County which is extremely important for what we do to support our local businesses as well,” said Holly Dean, Chief Operations Officer of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.

The $24 million expansion, is a part of a three-year capital investment totaling nearly $150 million that began in 2018.

Since the start of the project, Gulf Coast Regional has renovated and expanded the emergency department adding 13 new beds, added 22 postpartum beds and renovations to the pediatric floor, add an antepartum department, and renovated the nursing floor.

In addition, they have created 350 more parking spaces, expanded the EMS canopy outside of the main campus emergency room, added a new operating suite to the hospital, and renovated the remaining ten suites to bring the total of OR suites to 11, and opened the Panama City Emergency Room on Highway 231.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center will also soon be expanding across the bridge into Panama City Beach to add an emergency room.

“So we are expecting to break ground towards the end of this year and it will be about a seven to a nine-month project in total. We will get it all in line as we get towards the tail end of 2022,” added Dean.

The expansion plan announced on Monday, will also bring over 100 jobs into the community and is part of the rebuild that began after Hurricane Michael.

“When times get tough this community will rise this is what we do and we are here to provide healthcare services and our team just did a spectacular job and they continue to do an amazing job making sure that we are here to provide the necessary services for the community,” said Dean.

The new wound care and the hyperbaric building are expected to be completed by September 2021.

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