Health facilities expand to Panama City Beach

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Panama City Beach is growing, and so are its health care needs. That’s why more facilities are being built for Bay County residents.

“We’re the fastest growing city in Bay County right now, so this is very much needed on Panama City Beach,” PCB Councilman Paul Casto said.

If you walk down Back Beach Road near Moylan and US 98, you’ll notice that a new structure is being built that will soon become a stand-alone emergency department.

“You have seen the walls going up. So we have an estimated January 2023 kick-off for our new HCA Florida Breakfast Point emergency department,” said Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Brittany Durr.

The emergency department will have 11 beds and will be able to treat patients of all ages.

“We will have full emergency services there to see all populations. Pediatrics will even be able to provide that service to the community and to this growing population,” Dr. Durr said.

However, this is not the only new medical facility coming to the beach. At the intersection of 79 and Phillips Griffith Parkway, land is being cleared for another facility.

“I understand that Tallahassee Memorial Hospital will open next month in August on Highway 79,” Casto said.

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare officials said the medical care campus would be built in two phases.

In the first phase, there will be a medical office building with primary care, emergency care, etc. Officials expect it to be completed by the end of 2024.

In phase two, officials said they plan to build a 100-bed hospital facility that is expected to be completed by the end of 2027.

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