Fort Walton Beach Medical Center held a ground breaking ceremony for the new freestanding ER in Navarre today. The ground breaking ceremony started with a welcome from FWB Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Todd Jackson, as well a statement of what the Navarre ER will provide the community of Navarre once completed. Following Jackson’s statement, those in attendance heard from Dave Piech, County Commissioner, Monica Meyer, Board Chair of the Navarre Beach Chamber, Sheriff Bob Johnson, and Captain Nick Peppard from the Holley-Navarre Fire District. Following the “dirt toss” ceremony, Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting, welcoming Navarre ER to the community.
Navarre ER will be the first free-standing ER built in Navarre with an expected opening date of November 2020. The new, 24/7 full service freestanding ER will feature 11 emergency exam rooms, designated trauma room, diagnostic imaging on-site, including CT scan, ultrasound and X-ray and a comprehensive on-site laboratory. The new freestanding ER 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.