$5 million expansion at Summerfield ER will add eight emergency room bays

 Ocala Health has announced plans for a $5 million expansion project at Summerfield ER.

The project will add eight emergency room bays, bringing the total to 19 emergency rooms at the freestanding Summerfield ER location. This project will add an additional 5,100 square feet onto the existing facility. Construction is already under way and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“We are committed to creating an exceptional patient experience and at Summerfield ER, we saw an opportunity to expand this facility so we can continue to provide patients with a more convenient, higher level of quality care,” said Chad Christianson, CEO of Ocala Health.

This announcement comes during the addition of multiple access points and expansions across Ocala Health. Ocala Regional Medical Center currently is expanding and renovating its emergency department, along with a recent announcement of a $31 million expansion in which 34 beds will be added to the facility. That project is expected to begin in July.

Plans also were announced in May of a $27 million expansion at West Marion Community Hospital, in which a second cath lab will be added along with a dedicated 10-bed, pre-post cath lab recovery unit and two large operating suites, bringing the total to 10 operating suites.

Ocala Health has also recently announced plans to build a third freestanding emergency department off County Road 466A in Wildwood. Ocala Health’s second freestanding emergency department, Maricamp ER, will open in August of this year.