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New emergency center catering to kids opens in Clay County

7:51 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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FLEMMING ISLAND, Fla. -- The people of Clay County have a new choice in healthcare.

A brand new Baptist/Wolfson Children's Emergency Center opened its doors Wednesday. 

The center cater to children in the region.

Spencer Speer, 14, was one of the first children to be seen at the new Baptist Clay Medical Campus.

"It's nice," he said as he sat in one of the patient rooms being cared for by a nurse after cutting his leg.

His mother told FCN they would normally go to a hospital in Jacksonville almost an hour away. 

Wednesday they made a 15 minute drive to get to the new ER.

"It's nice that I don't have to wait so long for them to take care of my leg," Speer said.

Darin Roark is Baptist's Emergency Service Line Assistant Administrator.

"The most recent study shows Clay county is under-served in terms of their healthcare needs," Roark explained.

He said neighbors have told him they think the new ER fills a need.

"They're thrilled to death to have a pediatric emergency center in their neighborhood. They feel safer. They feel they no longer have to endure that commute and they feel they can get that care close to home," Roark said.

The $40 Million, 26,000 square foot facility has bells and whistles like beds that weigh pediatric patients and an on-site MRI. 

The rooms and hallways also feature local artwork.

The emergency care facility is open 24 hours a day, every day. 

The location also has child-specific equipment and imaging capabilities along with a LifeFlight helipad.

The center will be staffed with physicians affiliated with Wolfson's Children's Hospital. 

Administrators anticipate seeing thousands of outpatients along with patients for the facility's imaging capabilities.

The emergency center is located on 1771 Baptist Clay Drive US-17 and Village Square Parkway on Fleming Island. 

Appointments can be made by calling (904) 202-2222.

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