Officials at West Florida Healthcare celebrated the start of construction for the new Pine Forest ER with a Ground Breaking Ceremony on Monday February 24, 2020. The new $12.4 million Freestanding Emergency Department will serve the residents of Northwest Escambia County and is located at 3194 West 9 Mile Rd.

"We are thrilled to provide a freestanding emergency room that will serve the residents of the Northwest Escambia County and Baldwin County, Alabama," said Gay Nord President and Chief Executive Officer for West Florida Healthcare. "As the population of Northwest Escambia County continues to grow and companies such as Navy Federal continue to expand, access to safe quality emergency care and healthcare is vitally important. We are happy to be part of that growth by providing this safe quality care close to home and providing new jobs and services that are designed to meet and exceed the healthcare needs of that area."

This will be the second Free Standing Emergency Room opened by West Florida Healthcare in Escambia County, who also opened the Perdido Bay ER in April 2018. "We consider these Free Standing Emergency Rooms to be an investment in health for both the residents and the economy of Escambia County,"  said Nord.

The new Free Standing ER will include 11 private exam rooms, laboratory and diagnostic imaging services, including a 64-Slice CT scan. The 10,820 square foot building also includes an ambulance entrance and convenient parking.

"What we have learned from our first free standing ER in the Perdido Bay area is that residents appreciate having access to safe and compassionate emergency services close to home." said Nord.

"From the very beginning of discussions about this project, it has been our goal to make it a true emergency department by including a full complement of services, staff and technology," said Mark Stavros, M.D., Medical Director of West Florida Healthcare’s Emergency Department. "We will be equipped to handle everything from scrapes and sprains to patients who are experiencing chest pain and the symptoms of a stroke. Our nurses, physicians and staff will be trained in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support."

The new free standing ER will provide 24/7 on-site emergency medicine physicians and maintain a staff of approximately 40 healthcare professionals.

Facts about Pine Forest ER:

  • 24/7 adult and pediatric emergency care
  • 11 private patient care beds
  • Dedicated trauma room
  • Diagnostic imaging, including 64-slice CT scan, and x-ray
  • Laboratory services
  • Physicians specializing in emergency medicine on-site 24/7
  • 40 full-time employees
  • Nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support
  • Convenient parking

About the Project:

  • Construction began in early 2020 and slated to open Fall of 2020
  • Located on a 9-acre site at 3194 West 9 Mile Rd.
  • $12.4 million project
  • 10,820-square foot, one-story facility
  • Expected to serve residents of Northwest Escambia County and Baldwin County Alabama