On Thursday, January 11th, Orange Park Medical Center purchased 1.96 acres in West Jacksonville with plans to build a free-standing emergency room. The Clay County hospital purchased the land for $1.35 million and is expecting to break ground in the spring.

“We know that when people experience emergencies they’re looking for fast, high-quality and convenient care. By bringing an ER to the Normandy area we will be able to meet the communities growing need with the same high-level of care that we offer in our main emergency room,” Said Steven Goodfriend, Orange Park Medical Center’s Emergency Services Medical Director.

The 10-bed, 10,800 square foot emergency room will be built just east of the Lane Avenue and Normandy Boulevard intersection. The project will employ an additional 50 staff members to the Orange Park Medical Center health system and will cost $12 million.

The facility will be the second free-standing emergency room for Orange Park Medical Center. Park West ER located on 103rd Street just east of Interstate 295 in West Jacksonville treated more patients than any other free-standing emergency room in the Jacksonville area in 2017, caring for over 50,000 patients.

“Immediately after we opened our Park West ER, it was clear that we were meeting a great demand for emergency care in the West Jacksonville area. Due to continued growth, we expanded the space by 3,100 square foot and 8 patient rooms last May,” said Orange Park Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Chad Patrick.

The ER will be open 24-hours a day, offering around-the-clock radiology services and staffed by a team of board-certified emergency physicians, as well as specially trained nurses and staff, equipped to treat both adults and children.

The new emergency room located at 5573 Normandy Blvd. is expected to open in the spring of 2019.