Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Announces Update on New Expansion Project

$80 million investment in the community increases access to critical, high-quality health care
Rendering Courtesy of FWBMC

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – Today, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (FWBMC) announced construction for the hospital’s $80 million expansion and renovation project is slated to begin January 2021. FWBMC released final renderings showcasing the multi-phased expansion project, which will provide many benefits to the community including the addition of 42 licensed beds, bringing the total bed count to 309.

FWBMC announced initial plans for the expansion in late December 2019; the project will be completed in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Renovation and expansion of the cafeteria and kitchen to increase the volume and convenient pick-up options for healthy dining.
  • Phase 2: Expansion of the existing parking garage, adding 120 parking spots.
  • Phase 3: Construction of new, two-story patient tower with the capability of expanding vertically to four floors. The new tower is designed to house 18 new critical care beds and 24 step-down beds.

“As our community grows, we are excited to grow along with it. All of these projects are part of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s focus on the future and commitment to improve access to high quality health care and service on behalf of our community,” stated Mitch Mongell, CEO of FWBMC. “Through this expansion, we are also looking forward to adding to our excellent team as future phases of the project are completed.”

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 267-bed full-service hospital and is the only Level II Trauma Center in the Tri-County Area, with over 300 highly respected and qualified physicians. For women and children services, we have 24/7 neonatologists available and the area’s only Level II NICU. Its expanded emergency services include a dedicated Pediatric ER, 24/7 Destin ER, an Express tract for minor injuries, and a full-service 24/7 Fort Walton Beach ER. It is the only acute care hospital in the Tri-County area that offers open heart surgery, an Accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, and a Cancer Care Center that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and an Associate of the UAB Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center also has the only inpatient acute care rehab facility in the tri-county are – The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, located in Destin, FL.

The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 14 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county.

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