PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some would think about Friday a giant day for Panama Metropolis Seaside and that it was a very long time coming.
“A hospital for our residents and guests has been one thing that we’ve persistently saved speaking about,” Panama Metropolis Seaside Mayor Mark Sheldon mentioned.
The St. Joe Firm, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and the Florida State College Faculty of Drugs will develop a brand new well being care campus. Sheldon mentioned it’ll be situated on an 87-acre parcel close to the intersection of Freeway 79 and Phillip Griffitts Senior Parkway.
“This helps our first responders, our paramedics, and our EMS to get nearer to a hospital,” mentioned Sheldon.
This location is minutes away from Latitude Margaritaville Watersound. A neighborhood of three,500 houses for folks 55 and higher.
“We wish to ensure that from that standpoint that they’ve nice, native well being care as nicely,” mentioned Sheldon.
And likewise minutes away from Northwest Florida Seashores Worldwide Airport.
“It’s one other huge piece of infrastructure and the extra we will join the items of infrastructure, the higher,” St. Joe Firm CEO Jorge Gonzalez mentioned.
Gonzalez mentioned it will likely be a full medical facility with many facets to it. He mentioned the campus may have docs places of work, pressing care and a 100-bed hospital.
“It’s a healthcare campus with medical, analysis, and educating elements,” mentioned Gonzalez.
Parts Gonzalez mentioned are essential to the undertaking. FSU intends to make the most of the campus for analysis, in addition to residency applications. One thing Sheldon mentioned will likely be top-notch.
“We will likely be a vacation spot for the perfect, brightest, and superstars within the medical area,” mentioned Sheldon.
The perfect and brightest for the way forward for well being care in Panama Metropolis Seaside. Sheldon mentioned this improvement can even carry extra jobs to the neighborhood.
We’re advised this there’s been talks about this since 2019 after the council modified the land improvement codes. When requested why it’s taken greater than two years because the codes have been modified to maneuver the undertaking ahead, each Sheldon and Gonzalez mentioned it’s a monumental process.
“These relationships and these tasks are sophisticated and so they take time to place collectively,” mentioned Gonzalez.
Sheldon mentioned they’ll break floor in early 2022 and hope to have a completed campus in 2023.
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