PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Bay Medical Sacred Heart Hospital also keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma. The hospital has activated its hurricane emergency preparedness plan in the event the storm makes landfall here in the Panhandle.
"We're much busier than we thought we would be, which is a good problem to have. We're seeing 45-50 patients a day on average," Emergency Department Medical Director, Jack Scott.
Since their opening on June 27th, the Bay Medical Beach emergency room has been doing well. The free standing ER is the first of it's kind and offers a closer emergency option for residents in Panama City Beach.
Before it's opening, those in need of emergency medical attention either had to cross the bridge to the Bay Medical main campus or travel miles to Sacred Heart Hospital in Destin.
The new beach emergency room is preparing for the potential threat of Hurricane Irma. "It's going to be kind of a learning experience both for us and for the community to have that facility there during a major storm. We are very committed to keeping that facility open and providing care to the community out there," said Scott.
The 24/7 facility is built to hurricane code and fully stocked with supplies. Since this is the first time the center could be used for a storm, officials at Bay Medical say that having this closer facility could change lives.
"I think it's incredibly important and I think it's a tremendous service that we're going to be able to offer to a community that can be clearly in distress based on how severe the storm will be," Scott said.
At this point, the hospital is not anticipating impact in our area however they are prepared for the event of an emergency and will continue to monitor the track of the storm.
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