Individuals who live in the region of Panama City Beach can now have an access to emergency room (ER) a little closer to home.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Bay Medical Sacred Heart for its new free-standing ER. It is situated on Back Beach Road, just east of Richard Jackson Boulevard.
On Tuesday, it will be open 24/7 morning at 7:00 a.m.
The facility is a complete service ER with a trauma unit and 9 other patient beds.
The hospital has also contracted with a regional ambulance service to transport sufferers who might need additional care to the Panama City hospital at no cost.
Bay County Commissioner and Hospital Trustee Griff Griffitts claims that the emergency room will assist free up resources at the 2 hospitals in Panama City and prevent ambulances from crossing the Hathaway Bridge as often.
He added, "This is a conversation that has been going on for well almost twenty years, to bring something like this to the beach so I am glad Bay Medical Sacred Heart has taken the initiative and ultimately brought this to fruition. This is an actually big day for the beach and Bay County as a whole."