Tallahassee Memorial Opens New Freestanding Emergency Center

August 12, 2013

Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - NortheastTallahassee, Fla. – Opening at 7 a.m. on Aug. 21, the Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast joins the Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center and the Tallahassee Memorial Urgent Care Center to create the most comprehensive emergency and urgent care system in the Big Bend region.

“Tallahassee Memorial is excited to introduce the Emergency Center Northeast and see our community benefit from greater access to emergency services, reduced wait times, and the facility’s many features designed to enhance the experience of patients and guests,” said Mark O’Bryant, President and CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH).

Many amenities of the Emergency Center-Northeast reflect a special focus on caring for children and seniors. Separate entrances for children and adults open to lobby areas carefully designed for each age group. In the children’s lobby, visitors can enjoy an iPad bar preloaded with kid-friendly games and videos, while a designated sick kids’ room offers a restful space for children with contagious conditions. Other features of the center, such as an easily navigable floor plan, adjustable lighting in each treatment room, and luxury mattresses with pressure redistribution technology and built-in scales, enhance care for all patients but are especially beneficial for seniors.

“Children and seniors have unique medical and emotional needs. What may not constitute an emergency for the average adult might be alarming for a child or persons past a certain age. For this reason, the physicians and nurses at the Emergency Center-Northeast have been specially trained in administering emergency care for both populations,” said Emergency Services Medical Director, Sam Ashoo, MD.

In addition to having expertise in the care of children and seniors, all the center’s physicians are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. And, with the center’s color-coded uniform system, patients gain the ability to clearly distinguish between clinical and non-clinical staff. A patient tracking system also puts useful information at visitors’ fingertips by providing family members with real-time updates on their loved ones. Meanwhile, an onsite lab, radiology suite and pharmacists help expedite patient care.

Located just south of the Thomasville Road and I-10 interchange on Metropolitan Boulevard, the center brings 20 additional patient beds to the region on opening day with space planned for a total of 36 beds as the community continues to grow. The 45,000-square-foot facility is the first freestanding emergency center in Tallahassee and represents a more than 22 million dollar investment in the region’s emergency care.

The Emergency Center – Northeast has been designed to care not only for patients but also for the environment. With many environmentally sustainable design elements, the center will be the first freestanding emergency center in Florida to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification standards for green design and construction.

While the Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center retains its designation as the region’s trauma center and remains the primary location for treating severe emergencies like heart attack and stroke, the full-service Emergency Center - Northeast is equipped to treat all non-trauma emergencies.

An open house is being held for members of the community to tour the facility and learn about the services it provides on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 5 – 7 p.m.