Panama City, FL. — Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center will expand access to emergency care in Bay County with the opening of a freestanding emergency department in Panama City Beach. The new free-standing ER will be located at the intersection of U.S. 98 and Moylan Rd and construction is expected to start later this year.

The free-standing ER in Panama City Beach 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 with the same capabilities as the ER at the main hospital. It 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 11,000 square-foot, one-story facility is expected to serve more than 10,000 patients a year and will employ approximately 30 full-time healthcare professionals with additional staff hired to support growing needs.

“The new ER in Panama City Beach will allow us to deliver emergency care right where many of our patients and families live,” said Brad Griffin, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center CEO. “This freestanding ER will provide the same expert and compassionate care we deliver throughout the county, but in a more convenient setting for our patients in Panama City Beach. This latest announcement is part of a series of investments we have launched recently in response to the growing needs of Bay County. Our commitment to improving more lives in more ways is strengthened with each addition to our sites and services, and we are proud to continue to be a provider of choice for the communities we serve.”

As a means to continue improving access to local high-quality care, this will be the second free standing ER for Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. Panama City ER opened in July 2020 and is located on Hwy 231 near Transmitter Rd. In addition to this latest expansion of emergency care, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has recently invested in several other projects designed to improve access to healthcare in Bay County.

Earlier this year, construction began on a $62 million investment in the main hospital, which includes the addition of 67,000 square feet, 24 private patient rooms, a 20 bed-inpatient rehabilitation facility and a 16-bed surgical intensive care unit. The hospital is also nearing completion of its new wound care and hyperbaric center which is located on the corner of Jenks Ave and Doctors Dr.