New owner says they intend to launch a $47 million project rebuild Bay Medical

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay Medical Sacred Heart is under new ownership and they have big plans to make the hospital better than it was before Hurricane Michael hit. Recovery is tough for many since Hurricane Michael including Bay Medical Sacred Heart.

"We hope we're a strong part making an investment back in this community. Both for today and the long haul," said Sacred Heart Health System CEO Henry Stovall.

Ascension's Sacred Heart Health System bought the hospital from Ardent Health Services this week.
Stovall said they're focusing their efforts on making the hospital better than it was before the storm.

"We intend to make a $47 million investment in this hospital in this location," said Stovall.

Stovall said over the next year, they'll be assessing the storm damage to all the buildings to find which ones need to be torn down and which ones can be saved.

He said they're also looking into increasing the number of private rooms.

"We're going to have our bed count move from where it is now today up to 185 beds," said Stovall.

Officials have plans to create more parking, improve technology and add jobs as well.

"As we expand and as we expand services we need great people," said Stovall. "We'll work our way through that methodically and I'm very optimistic. We intend to be a key employer in this community."

Stovall said they're hoping to accomplish their goal to increase the bed count within the next six months.