Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center expanding

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - "We see an opportunity, if not an obligation, to respond and continue to meet the growing demand for health care services," said Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's CEO, Brad Griffin.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is adding 52 more beds to the facility. (WJHG/WECP)

Since Hurricane Michael, the doors have been revolving at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.

"The number of patients that are coming to us are far exceeding our expectations," said Griffin.

But Griffin says they plan on meeting the needs of all the extra patients.

"It's time to grow and expand and we're happy to do that," said Griffin.

The hospital is making a $62 million investment, which will add 52 beds, along with 100 more jobs.

Instead of the facility building out, it will build up onto the current north and south towers.

The north tower will get two more floors.

"We're going to add to our fourth floor which is going to be a Med-Surge unit and our fifth floor is going to be inpatient rehab services," said Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer, Holly Dean.

The south tower will add one floor which will hold 12 more adult ICU beds.

"Our goal has always been to try to take care of people locally and this is a step in the right direction to continue to try and keep people local," said Dean.

This means giving locals the best care they can get.

"It'll give us the ability to recruit new physicians, new talent to the area. So in a lot of ways this is a win not just for Gulf Coast Regional but for the community and the surrounding area as well," said Griffin.

Construction is expected to begin sometime late next year and finish up about 18 months after that.

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