Medical Monday: New emergency room in final design phase

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's new freestanding emergency room is in the final design phase. It will be located at the 231 corridor in Bay County.

Conceptual rendering of GCRMC Free Standing Emergency Department

CEO Brad Griffin says this location was chosen so patients in that area of the county and surrounding counties could get faster emergency care.

"The 231 corridor is a high traffic area first of all. Secondly, there's a tremendous amount of residential development that's taking place and will take place over the next several years," explains Griffin.

The emergency room will be staffed 24-7 with 10 to 12 rooms, a CT machine, X-ray, ultrasound and a lab. Griffin expects about 30 new jobs will be created.

Construction of the emergency room at the intersection of Transmitter Road and Highway 231 will begin in August and is expected to take a year to complete.

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