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New Children's Specialty Center opens in Clay County

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FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- Parents and children in Clay County have a new choice in healthcare. A group of outpatient clinics catering specifically to children are now open.

Inside the new Wolfson's Children's specialy center, you'll find 20 years old Amy Bishop, of Orange Park, who lives with Spinobifida.

The new facility cut her healthcare travel time from 45 minutes to 15 minutes.

"Having to travel all the way downtown like that that and the way traffic is sometimes, if somebody really did have an emergency, I could see how time could be of the essence," she said.

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It is a multi-million dollar facility that took more than two years to become a reality. Wolfson's Children's Hospital Rehabilitation, the University of Florida's College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Nemours Children's clinic share the building

"This is very important to the children in Clay County," Orthopedics Chairman at Nemours Clinic said.

With its colorful areas, immediate access from work rooms to exam rooms, the building was built to be efficient and kid-friendly.

One of the features in the building is an ambient experience room. It's an X-ray room for the kids to have exams done.

Projected on the wall are images of locations from around the world. With the touch of a button, the lights in the room change colors, plays sounds and soothing music,  and the screen changes. One could go from being in Australia to being on the beach in South America with the flick of a switch.

More than that, Doctor Loveless said the building and the people in it not only meet a need in the area, but could save a life in a pediatric emergency.

"They will have this close by and if time is of the essence, it may change the quality of life and the ability to save a life, yes," he said.

How important is it? Just ask Amber Baxla. Her 22-month-old son, Mason, lives with muscle tone issues. First Coast News was there as he stood for the first time in his life using a special device.

"It was kind of exciting!" Baxla said with a laugh.

A Fall family health and safety fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Clay Medical Office Building parking lot located at 1747 Baptist Clay Drive in Fleming Island.

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