So many exciting things have taken place at our hospital over the previous few years. We started with the changing of our name to Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. The addition of the word "Regional" is important as it reflects the breadth of services we added including Maternal Fetal Medicine for high-risk pregnancies, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Cardiology, and Telemedicine services. As part of the regional strategy, we also formed clinical affiliation partnerships with several area facilities. Through the affiliations, we have created a hospital network to extend services from Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center into the surrounding rural communities we serve. In October 2013, we opened a 42-bed critical care wing, which included a new adult level Intensive Care Unit, the area's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the area's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
In 2017, we started the Emergency Department expansion. This $13.3 million investment will expand the current Emergency Department to 44 private beds. The completion date is set for July of 2018, which will also create more jobs for Bay County and beyond. In addition, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is investing in state-of-the-art technology. We are the only facility in Northwest Florida to offer patients the option of having joint replacements performed with Mako™ robotic technology. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is a leader in the use of robotic technology in Northwest Florida for robotic surgery.
For the third consecutive year, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. We also earned the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® from the Joint Commission for three consecutive years and in 2016, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all breast imaging modalities - mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
Our mission at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. In recognition of this commitment, we strive to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities we serve.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message, and welcome to our hospital..
Brad Griffin, FACHE
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center