Baptist announces new hospital construction

Baptist Health Care announced plans June 26, to build a new full-scale hospital at Brent Lane and I-110 as part of a long-term master plan to transform the way health care is provided according to a press release.

The initial footprint is expected to be just over 650,000 square feet of patient care space, and the cost of the project is estimated at more than $550 million. The new hospital is expected to open in summer 2023.

The new hospital will provide a central location for clinical care, programs and services that will be easier for patients to access via the I-110 corridor. Equipped with innovative technologies for diagnosis and treatment along with a concentration of related services, the facility will provide a seamless continuum of care that is more convenient for the patient and better optimizes resources.

Baptist President/CEO Mark Faulkner called the planned expansion a bold transformation in a press release.

“Health care and our community have undergone immeasurable growth and change since our doors opened in 1951, and so too have we. This investment demonstrates our commitment to the people of northwest Florida and south Alabama for generations to come,” he said.

Under Baptist’s master plan, the E Street hospital in Pensacola will be redesigned as a hub for an expansion of vital community-based services that are more efficiently and effectively provided outside the conventional hospital setting.

Remaining at the E Street location will be the majority of Baptist Health Care system administration, system support services and Lakeview Center as well as other programs and clinical services. Discussion with community partners will begin soon to determine the range of services that will be offered there to better serve local needs.

Baptist also operates the Gulf Breeze Hospital located along Gulf Breeze Parkway in Santa Rosa County.

“At Baptist, our legacy began with a vision to bring modern health care to the community, and that legacy has guided us in our mission of helping people throughout life’s journey,” Faulkner said in a prepared statement. “We’ve been a part of the fabric of this community for close to 70 years, and we are committed to continuing to provide compassionate care to all we serve.”

The project is currently in its earliest planning stages. As plans progress, Baptist will keep the public informed and updated through its website at ebaptisthealthcare.org and through its social media channels @baptisthealthcare according to the release.

 

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As seen in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press.

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