In 2020, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) will launch a $80 million expansion and renovation project that will benefit our community, patients, and team members.
The first project to get underway will be the building of a free-standing ER in Navarre. With groundbreaking scheduled for January, FWBMC anticipates the facility will open in November 2020. This community outreach project will offer an 11-bed free-standing ER that will provide a full range of testing and diagnostic services to patients, including a lab, x-ray, CAT Scan, and other vital services. In addition to providing emergency care closer to home for residents of Navarre, it will help relieve non-critical traffic in our main ER. This new free-standing ER will create approximately 30 new jobs in the community.
February, the hospital will open a new home for several physician services groups. Four key physician groups – Neurosurgery, Urology, Gastrointestinal, and OB/GYN, will move into the Emily Odom Building located at Mar-Walt Drive and Racetrack Road. Using 15,000 square feet in the existing building, the redesign of the space features the latest concept for multi-specialty physician offices. It uses a pod design that improves patient flow as well as workflow for the office staff.
Then, in the second half of 2020, FWBMC will begin a multi-phase project that will ultimately result in 42 additional licensed beds, bringing the hospital’s total to 309.
Phase one of the project will involve the expansion of the parking garage which will include 120 additional parking spots. Phase two will include the renovation and expansion of the cafeteria and kitchen. When complete it will provide a new grill station, deli counter, hot station and a grab-and-go center. The third and final phase will encompass building a new two-story patient tower with the capability of expanding vertically to four floors. The new tower is designed to house 18 new critical care beds and 24 step-down beds. It will be located at the back of the hospital near the outpatient entrance.
“All of these projects are part of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s focus on the future and commitment to improve access to high quality health care and service on behalf of our community,” stated Mitch Mongell, Chief Executive Officer of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.