Area hospitals celebrating National Hospital Week while recovering from storm damage

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This week area hospitals are taking the time to care for their faculty and staff during National Hospital Week.

The hospitals are also taking care of their buildings as they recover from Hurricane Michael.

"From a service standpoint, everything is up and operational and going at full speed," said CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, Brad Griffin.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Bay Medical Sacred Heart both sustained damage during Hurricane Michael.

For Gulf Coast, it's now fully operational and crews are repairing a few buildings still damaged.

Griffin added, "A lot of those services that were in those buildings have moved inside of the buildings or in other locations, so we're working through the long-term plan for what we're going to do with some of those buildings."

Griffin says staffing has gotten better since the storm, "Our team is in good shape. We've been able to hire quite a few people in the last seven months."

Bay Medical Sacred Heart officials say there's a $47 million plan in the works to rebuild the hospital.

They say they plan to add 144 beds and move services and offices damaged during the storm back into the hospital.

Sacred Heart released a statement saying in part, "The improvements include major upgrades to information technology and creation of new space for physician offices and other services, including the laboratory, imaging, and pharmacy."

Panama City Beach City Council members have brought up the idea of a hospital coming to the beach.

Leaders must first change land development codes to attract a developer.

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