Location, Location… Dislocation

When you or a family member are faced with a medical emergency, you look for the best, most efficient care possible, and what better than a full-service Emergency Room that is faster and closer to home? The Newberry and surrounding communities in Alachua County can now rest assured that the team at North Florida Regional’s Freestanding Emergency Room West End is fully prepared to provide them and their loved ones with some of the best possible emergency care.

In the past year, North Florida Regional Medical Center has achieved records that put Guinness to shame, With an AHCA certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, record growth for inpatient surgery, and 58% of the births in the community taking place at their Labor and Delivery department, it is clear that the hospital’s demand is ever increasing.

North Florida Regional Medical Center’s current main campus Emergency Room is seldom idle. Its 8 minute average wait time has become the staple for which the hospital is highly recognized, and with a desire to keep providing the Gainesville community with quality healthcare, the hospital has expanded access to emergency care with the opening of a 24/7 full-service, freestanding emergency department in Western Gainesville.

“We enjoy being part of an ever-growing area,” said Brian Cook, CEO of North Florida Regional Medical Center. “It’s exciting to be able to grow with the community by building access points that will allow for better emergency care for the people that reside in North Central Florida.”

The facility opened on April 10th 2017 at the southwest corner of W. Newberry Road and 122nd Street – often referred to as Parker Road. The $10.5 million project includes an 11,200-square-foot, one-story facility. The freestanding ER expects to serve over 12,000 patients a year, features 10 emergency rooms, and employs approximately 35 full-time healthcare professionals.

The free standing ER’s opening is but a continuing trend for North Florida. Since its opening in 1973, with nothing but a 4-floor facility and a plethora of possibilities lying in the connecting cow pasture, the hospital has seen immense growth – the hospital’s main campus Emergency Room saw 70,000 visits in 2016 alone.

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“Our goal is to care for our patients from the surrounding areas efficiently, and with little to no wait time,” said Jack Stout, Manager of the North Florida Regional Freestanding ER West End. “Our West End facility, although only a few miles down the road, allows for quick access and the same excellent care that is provided at North Florida Regional’s Main Campus Emergency Room.”

While the benefits behind the newly built Freestanding ER facility are many, providing people with immediate care when it is most needed by establishing a more convenient location is the main one. The ER will not only service Gainesville area, but the Chiefland, High Springs, Trenton and surrounding areas, saving those communities the commute to North Florida’s current location at 6500 W Newberry Rd.

Now open to the public, the addition is equipped to handle a full range of capabilities – from pediatric to adult care. Features include a full-service lab, a 64-Slice low dose CT Scanner, a trauma room, Ultrasound and Digital Radiographic X-Ray technology, among others. Although the priority when designing the facility was to continue to provide extraordinary emergency care and patient experience, the investment also serves as a recruiting tool to attract highly-qualified emergency medicine physicians, whom are crucial not only to the patients themselves but to the hospital’s future as well.