TMH Unveils Design for Northeast Emergency Center

Updated by Lanetra Bennett - April 18, 2012 - 5:23pm

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has unveiled the design plans for a new emergency center.

Everything about the new emergency center planned for this site is expected to promote feelings of healing and wellness, down from the water that will flow from the fountain outside, to the furniture that will placed inside.

Becky Bowman has been battling cancer for 12 years.

Soon her drives from Wakulla County to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital will be even more worth it.

TMH has unveiled the plans for Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast.

Bowman says, "I have been sent to the emergency room. There are time when they just set you aside. I'm so glad that they're having this for people like me. I appreciate it more than they know."

Administrators say the free-standing emergency center will allow the hospital to address capacity needs.

While it will be a full service emergency center, it will cater to specific needs of pediatric and geriatric patients.

TMH President and C.E.O. Mark O'Bryant says, "When it comes to children, you want a calming environment. When you look at seniors, they have specific needs relating to the lighting, relating to access, relating to just how furniture and support services are provided to them."

O'Bryant says service will also be quicker, and closer for many patients.

The center will be built in the Metropolitan Corporate Center at the intersection of I-10 and Thomasville Road.

Wakulla County resident Connie Clineman says, "They new location will definitely be convenient for everyone in the area, actually. The traffic pattern is easier to find your way through. We're glad it's coming."

Administrators are planning a groundbreaking for the new emergency center toward the end of May. The center is expected to be open in May 2013.


Tallahassee, FL. (April 18, 2012) – Noon -

Press Release:

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has unveiled the design plans for its new facility. Administrators say Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast will cater to specific needs of the community.

The new emergency center will be build just south of I-10 near Thomasville Road.

The unveiling of the new Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast building’s concept design reveals an embracing structure, infusing modern elements that achieve both aesthetic and sustainable results.

“Design has the power to promote feelings of wellness and healing. The combined team of CRA and FreemanWhite sets the bar for innovation in their industry and will help to bring our vision to life, setting a new benchmark for improving comfort for all patients, while providing truly outstanding emergency care,” said Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

“The preparatory mission of the Tallahassee Memorial leadership and emergency teams was to work with the architects to design a welcoming and healing environment, focusing on customized functionality for our pediatric and geriatric patients. We are excited about the future expansion of our emergency services to include an off-campus, freestanding facility that focuses on delivering high quality, emergency services for our patients in an exceptionally inviting environment,” said Freda Lyon, Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Services Administrator.

The building concept displays a pre-cast structure that is highlighted by areas of glass that denote the direction of entry and allows for excellent views from the interior. The main public entry view is open and inviting, both in material and form, producing a visual “embrace” for all who enter. The design includes a separate entrance into the pediatric emergency waiting room. In addition, the upper level model incorporates wood-like screening elements which would both deflect light in the night for the surrounding neighborhoods and reduce energy requirements by providing shade during daylight. Lastly, the north side of the building plans for a prominently lit marquee element that should be visible at any speed from the I-10 corridor.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare selected Clemons, Rutherford & Associates (CRA) and FreemanWhite, Inc. in a joint partnership to design the area’s first freestanding emergency center. Clemons, Rutherford & Associates is a local Tallahassee firm that specializes in healthcare and educational facilities. CRA has teamed with FreemanWhite, Inc., an emergency department design consulting firm that has completed over 200 emergency centers in the U.S. and is considered the national leader in ED design. FreemanWhite lead the planning effort under the direction of Jon Huddy, Managing Principal, who authored the book Emergency Department Design: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Future published by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Throughout the course of this project, we will use several forms of communication to relay information to our community. On our official website dedicated to this project,, we will continue to provide the latest news on the progress of Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Perry on Apr 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
    Pleae build a TMH hospital in Perry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM in reply to
      at least they didn't steal your sales tax increase like they did in Madison
  • by Name Location: crawfordville on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
    When will TMH or CRMC build in Wakulla county? Tallahassee doesn't need another emergency facility. There are pleanty of urgent cares around.
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      by Agree on Apr 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM in reply to Name
      I second that!
  • by Cheryl on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
  • by Adam W. Location: United States on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    I think this is being built off of Metropolitan Blvd. which is at the first traffic light south of the intersection of Raymond Diehl Road @ Thomasville Road. If I am correct it will be right next to 10. By Superior Bank.
  • by ne tally Location: ne tally on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    great. Now if we need to go to the emergency room we will not have to wait behind the deadbeats from the hood who don't have health insurance and use the emergency room as a doctor visit for sore throats or crack pipe burns.
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      by Lynette on Apr 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to ne tally
      OMG!!! Ain't that the truth!!! I was there Monday nite from 11:00PM until 6:00 AM Tuesday morning. In terrible pain from kidney stones. I waited 3 hours before they called me back. Meanwhile they kept calling other people back that appeared to have nothing wrong with them, no sign of pain, no sign of a cold, no sign of even puking their guts up. TMH only had one triage nurse on duty and one person working the front desk. There were even some of those people who eventually got up and walked out because they were tired of waiting.
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        by RN on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM in reply to Lynette
        You can thank your government and lawyers for forcing ER's to see anything that walks in the door. People with medicaid don't care how much ER visits cost. They're not paying for are! Illegal immigrants, same thing. And they all think they're "entitled to be waited on." They use the ER for their primary care while you wait in long lines to be seen for a true emergency. You would shocked if you knew the nonsense your tax dollars pay for. Just wait until Obummercare kicks in. Fewer doctors and nurses, longer lines. VOTE properly in November.
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          by SNA on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to RN
          You are certainly correct about the illegal immigrants. I returned to Tallahassee from another state and lived in a small county that had lots of illegals. Just stencil "ICE" on the back of a windbreaker next time you need to go!
  • by Confused Location: Tallahassee on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    Shouldn't an emergency room be closer to the hospital? If someone needs surgery will they transport them to the hospital? May I am just confused as to what this will be used for...
  • by Curious on Apr 18, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    Where is this being built?
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      by Let's See on Apr 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to Curious
      While the article does not give exact location, Northeast side of town and visible from I-10, has to be Thomasville Road, Capital Circle Northeast area.
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        by I know on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to Let's See
        This has already been talked about in another article. It is being built at Thomasville and I-10, next to the Growing Room, Farmers & Merchanct Bank, and Keiser. It will be kind of like the Gadsden county hospital, being it will be more for medical but if major surgery is needed then it will go to the main hospital.
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