Memorial Hospital October 11, 2016

Memorial Hospital is excited to announce it will embark on a $23 million expansion project of the main Emergency Department to meet the community's growing need for additional access to ER services. The multi-phase expansion project is scheduled to begin at the beginning of 2017 and is expected to take approximately 18-24 months to complete.

"As the busiest ER in Jacksonville, we continue to see an increase in patients choosing our Emergency Department for their emergency care needs," said Memorial Hospital President & CEO Jim O'Loughlin. "By expanding our ER, we will be able to meet the community's growing needs, while treating patients more quickly and efficiently."

The project includes:

  • Addition of approximately 23,000 square feet of new building construction
  • Renovation of existing main ED
  • Relocation of the pediatric ER rooms, entrance and waiting area to the main ER building
  • Construction of a new rooftop helipad
  • Reconfigured parking for patients, visitors and staff
  • Expanded and remodeled entryway to unite all adult and pediatric ER services under one roof

Currently, ExpressCare and ExpressKids, the fast-track areas of the emergency department, are located across the ER parking lot. Once the project is complete, all ER services will be united under one roof, which will streamline care for patients and staff.

"'Timely care is critical, especially in regards to emergency care when every second counts," said Memorial Hospital Emergency Services Administrator Amy Riley, RN. "This expansion will improve the patient experience and enable our staff to deliver high-quality care in a more effective and efficient way."

For everyone's safety, traffic and parking will be rerouted throughout the project. Signage will direct patients, visitors and staff on how to access the ER.

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