A $30,000,000 project in Walton County hopes to benefit the community in more than one way. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in Miramar Beach announced the expansion last week and are excited for the new opportunities it's going to bring to the area.
"If you look this is the back of the hospital, we talked about expanding our emergency department. You see this is the ambulance entrance and all this will be new construction", said Roger Hall, who is the President at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. He's excited to show off the drawings for the new addition. "Oh it's a huge deal and you know, health care is changing so dramatically to be able to have the growth and have the resources to be able to add the 30 million dollar expansion for this community is very exciting", added Hall.
Built twelve years ago, Sacred Heart Hospital used to see nearly 11,000 patients a year, now they're seeing 28,000. "Our little hospital is almost at capacity in just about every aspect. We are going to expand our emergency department", said Hall.
Expanding their signature Family Birth Place, adding patient observations beds, and.... "in addition to this growth, we are going to have a pediatric ambulance right here in our hospital that will be a tremendous gift to our community", said Hall.
But to do this expansion, the hospital will need a gift from the community as well. Hall added, "but we will be reaching out to the community to raise $7,00,000 for this project and it's really a gift back to us from the community."
And the expansion is bringing more than just beds to the community, "more doctors and more people you know its going to be 80 new jobs. Four years into the project its going to over a four million dollar payroll", said Hall.
Construction is scheduled to begin early next year and will be completed in two phases with the first phase opening in 2016 and the second in 2017.