A press release sent out today from Ascension Sacred Heart details plans for a third emergency facility in Navarre, Florida. Navarre currently does not have an ER facility. However, both Fort Walton Medical Center and Baptist Hospital have also announced plans for emergency facilities. The Fort Walton Medical Center location is proposed to be on the north side of Highway 98 just east of the Navarre Beach Causeway and the Baptist ER facility is to be located adjacent to their existing campus in Navarre
According to the press release, the new ER and medical building be built on a nine-acre site and will cost approximately $15 million. The facility will be located near the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Navarre Parkway.
The new ER facility will provide 24-hour emergency services for children and adults. The ER will have a separate waiting area and treatment rooms for children.
The emergency center will include 13 treatment rooms and two trauma rooms staffed by emergency medicine physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists. In addition, the facility will provide the services of a lab, pharmacy, CT scanner and x-ray imaging.
The site also will include a helipad so that patients requiring immediate surgery or other advanced hospital treatments can be rapidly transported to the Level II Trauma Center at Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola. The ER facility will be operated by the Pensacola hospital as well as the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart.
The new medical office building will have 10,000 sq. feet of space for primary care physicians, pediatricians, and specialists such as cardiologists and general surgeons.
Construction of the new facilities is scheduled to begin in early March and should be completed late this year. Ascension Sacred Heart also started construction this month of a similar freestanding ER on Nine Mile Road in Pensacola.
The new ER in Navarre is the latest effort by Ascension Sacred Heart to extend its services into south Santa Rosa County In 2017, the health system opened an outpatient medical facility along Highway 98 in Tiger Point that provides imaging facilities, physician offices and rehabilitation services. Also in 2017, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart opened a new Pediatric Care Center in Gulf Breeze.
“We want to continue to make it easier for patients to receive the care they need — when and where they need it,” said Tom VanOsol, president and CEO of Ascension Florida.