Expansion is critical for a number of reasons. During the past few years, Bay Medical had frequently been on diversion, sending patients from Bay and neighboring counties to other hospitals for care. The hospital had been operating at or beyond capacity in many service areas. A staggering increase in inpatient admissions over the last few years combined with an aging facility led to the development of the largest expansion in the hospital’s history. The $60+ million expansion includes a new patient tower that will provide increased critical care beds and all private patient rooms.
The new patient tower gives us the capacity to serve all those in need and ensures quality healthcare is available when you need it.
What This Means to Our Community
As the largest charitable organization in Bay County, providing more than $30 million in uncompensated each year without any tax payer support, Bay Medical Center is a vital component in the local economy and provides an invaluable service to the whole northwest Florida community.
This expansion project laid the groundwork for the hospital’s capability to adapt to advances in medical technology. It also prepared for growth in the community. With more beds available, completion of the new addition helped eliminate patient diversion during peak season. This way people who live in the area can be treated close to home where they have friends and family who want to be close during their loved ones’ stay in the hospital.
This was a $60 million project that included a 198,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with a new front entrance to the hospital, a new cafeteria and 144 private rooms in a five-story hospital tower. The project was completed in late August 2010.