Ft. Walton Beach, FL — Fort Walton Beach Medical Center will expand access to emergency care in Santa Rosa County with the opening of a freestanding emergency department. The new free-standing ER will be located at 8600 Navarre Parkway near the foot of the Navarre Beach bridge. Construction is expected to start early 2020.

The new, 24/7 full service freestanding ER will feature 11 emergency exam rooms, CT scan, general X-ray and an on-site laboratory, and will be capable of caring for all ages, including pediatrics. The 10,860 square-foot, one-story facility will front Navarre Parkway. This ER is expected to serve more than 10,000 patients a year. The $10.1 million project will employ approximately 30 full-time healthcare professionals with additional staff hired to support growing needs.

"The new ER in Navarre will allow us to deliver emergency care right where many of our patients and families live," said Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center CEO. "This freestanding ER will provide the same expert and compassionate care we deliver throughout the region, but in a more convenient setting for our patients in Navarre."

As a means to continue improving access to local high-quality care, this will be the second free standing ER for Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The other freestanding ER is located in Destin on Hwy 98. Just like Fort Walton's main facility, the Navarre free standing ER will be a full service, fully staffed emergency room with ER physicians, RN's and a medical team ready to service the needs of the community. The new freestanding ER will also include a lab for testing and a radiology suite with X-Ray and CT equipment.