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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Freestanding Emergency Department Breaks Ground in Gulf Shores

FED Rendering

Today, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and City Council members celebrated the groundbreaking of the new South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Freestanding Emergency Department. The $22 million freestanding emergency department will be located off Highway 59 and adjacent to Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores.

The 14,400 square-foot facility will provide a helipad, nine private patient rooms, imaging and laboratory services and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve patients who experience medical emergencies.

The addition of the freestanding emergency department is completing another step in the City’s Vision 2025 for Sustainability, which includes providing leading-edge healthcare opportunities for residents and visitors.

“This is a big win for Gulf Shores, and the entire South Baldwin County community,” said Mayor Craft. “Every single second matters when you are dealing with a medical emergency and once this facility is complete residents and visitors will have access to emergency care right here in Gulf Shores.”

Emergency healthcare experienced physicians, registered nurses and other patient care providers will staff the center. Direct access to the facility for patients and ambulance services will be provided through the construction of a new signalized intersection on Highway 59 at 34th Avenue and via a new roadway accessible from Cotton Creek Drive.

Construction is expected to start July 2020 with an anticipated opening of Summer 2021. More than 30 new jobs will be created to serve patients at the new center, including registered nurses and lab, imaging, admitting and environmental services staff. As the opening approaches, jobs will be posted at

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