Memorial Hospital May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23, leadership from Memorial Hospital will break ground on a free-standing emergency room in Mandarin. The 10-bed, 10,800 square foot facility will be built near the corner of San Jose Boulevard and I-295. This facility will be Memorial's third free-standing ER in the region.

"We know that when people experience medical emergencies, they want high-quality care with short ER wait times in a convenient setting, "said Memorial Hospital President & CEO Jim O'Loughlin. "By bringing an ER to Mandarin, Memorial is able to meet the community's growing needs by offering families in this area the same high-level of care that we offer in our main emergency room."

When the 24-hour ER opens to patients, it will be a full-service ER complete with advanced imaging and lab services. This facility will be licensed by the State as an Emergency Department and will operate just like an ER that is attached to a hospital. Like our other ER locations, the Memorial Emergency Center - Mandarin will be staffed by a team of board certified emergency physicians and specially trained nurses and staff.

"We are building this facility because families have told us they want easy access to high-quality emergency care in their neighborhood," said Emergency Services Administrator Amy Riley, RN. "We are looking forward to partnering with the residents in this area and helping adults and children meet their medical needs."

The Memorial Emergency Center - Mandarin will be Memorial Hospital's third free-standing ER and Memorial's 4th ER location. In October of 2012 Memorial opened the first free-standing emergency room in the region, the Memorial Emergency Center - Julington Creek. In July of 2014, Memorial opened a second free-standing emergency room, the Memorial Emergency Center - Atlantic. In its first year, the Atlantic location treated 17,000 patients, 4,000 of whom were children.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony will be held Monday, May 23 from 12:00-1:00 PM at the future site of the Memorial Emergency Center - Mandarin, 10910 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville, FL 32223.