New Navarre ER facility with 11 treatment rooms and 1 trauma bay set to open this month
NAVARRE — Members of Navarre’s chambers of commerce, Santa Rosa County officials and first responders got a look Thursday at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s new Navarre ER, which will open later this month at the corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Granada Street.
The $10.1 million free-standing emergency care facility will open just a little more than a year from its groundbreaking in early March 2020. The Navarre ER will have 11 treatment rooms, including one trauma bay in its 11,000-square-foot building. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be staffed by a board-certified emergency physician as well as registered nurses and other staff.
Todd Jackson, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s chief operating officer, said Navarre ER can handle the kinds of injuries typically presented at a hospital emergency room.
“It could be simple things like a scrape, a cut or a bruise all the way up to traumatic injury, a motor vehicle accident, broken bones, a near drowning,” Jackson said. “We have the ability to perform imaging procedures, whether it’s a CT scan or an X-ray. We have portable ultrasound, we have a full functioning lab, pharmacy capabilities and also the ability to do minor procedures within the four walls of this building.”
For trauma cases and other injuries requiring surgical intervention, Navarre ER also will have the capability to airlift patients off the campus to be treated at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s Level II trauma unit.
“For so many years we’ve taken care of patients in the Navarre community at our hospital over in Fort Walton, and we’ve heard from them,” Jackson said. “They’ve said, ‘We want you here. We want you in our community,’ and today we’re able to make that happen, so we’re very excited to be here.”
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