Tallahassee Memorial Breaks Ground on New Emergency Center

By: TMH Release
By: TMH Release

Tallahassee, Fla. - May 29, 2012 –

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) breaks ground on the new freestanding emergency center at the crossroads of I-10 and Thomasville Road. Projected to open in May 2013, Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast is designed to handle most emergency situations, with special consideration for pediatric and geriatric patients.

“At TMH, we are excited about the expansion of our emergency services to include an off-campus, freestanding facility that focuses on delivering high quality, emergency services with a team of board certified emergency physicians,” said Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

“Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast has special features to help our youngest and oldest patients as well as state-of-the-art concierge emergency medicine for all members of our Big Bend community,” said Dr. Albert Lee, MD, Chair of the Tallahassee Memorial Medical Executive Committee.

For pediatric and geriatric patients, this facility offers a less stressful environment to seek emergency medical care. Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast features a separate entrance and interactive waiting area for children and their families. While dimmed lighting, low-glare flooring, and stretchers with thicker mattresses were selected to make geriatric patients more comfortable.

Kim Williams, Chair of the TMH Board of Directors and former Chair of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, sees a boost to the local economy, “The new emergency center will create more than 150 jobs, including nursing, respiratory therapy, and security positions. TMH will also support the local economy with construction costs, including labor and materials, to complete this 45,000-square foot facility.”

This facility is also being designed, constructed, and operated according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards to reduce the center’s impact on the environment. TMH selected CRA and FreemanWhite, Inc. in a joint partnership to design the area’s first freestanding emergency center. CRA 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, TMH will use several forms of communication to relay information to the local community. On the official website dedicated to this project, http://tmhnewer.blogspot.com, TMH will provide the latest news on the progress of Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast.


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  • by Susie Location: Tlh on May 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    TMH has no quality in their facilities. These overweights they hire are too lazy to do their jobs, and the ER doctors are next to nothing,and the so called Urgent Care is still worse. I have been, and will never go back. Maybe if I can make it to some other city, before I pass out or die. It does no good to file complaints on them with the state, as the state is in bed with them and never does any thing. If Gov Scott wants to cut costs he could wipe out that whole department staffed with foreigners who don't give a rat's behind about doing anything for the Americans, just get their money for a do nothing job.
  • by Susie Location: Tlh on May 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    TMH has no quality in their facilities. These overweights they hire are too lazy to do their jobs, and the ER doctors are next to nothing,and the so called Urgent Care is still worse. I have been, and will never go back. Maybe if I can make it to some other city, before I pass out or die. It does no good to file complaints on them with the state, as the state is in bed with them and never does any thing. If Gov Scott wants to cut costs he could wipe out that whole department staffed with foreigners who don't give a rat's behind about doing anything for the Americans, just get their money for a do nothing job.
  • by Dee on May 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    If you really want good health care, go to Gainesville. It's worth the trip!
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    They need more mental health care in this town like a long term psych hospital
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      by Social Worker on May 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM in reply to
      You are absolutely right! We need more behavioral health centers, rehabilitation programs, as well as facilities for the homeless. I agree with people bettering themselves but some just CANNOT without a little motivation, hope, and possibilities.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
    MADISON COUNTY WAITING AND WAITING AND A MILLION DOLLARS SHORT
  • by Daddy Warbucks on May 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    More healthcare for the rich living on the NE side of town. Maybe a better class of clientele?
  • by Tally native on May 29, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    How about an ER or Hospital down in Wakulla?? The nearest hospital is 45 min away (Tallahassee or Carrabelle). The west side of Tallahassee is in the same shape. Though the new ER building is less than 10 min from both Hospitals. How much sense does that make??
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      by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM in reply to Tally native
      Would that be a profitable area? This is a private company.
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        by Betty on May 29, 2012 at 01:33 PM in reply to
        TMH is a not for profit place but I bet they turn into a profit place soon. And with that, as the coast goes, so goes the medical care. Nobody has ever made it down along Carabelle, Port St. Joe, etc. Doctors just can't get people to pay. I don't know how that Sacred Heart Hospital is going to make it in Port St. Joe -- maybe they moved in too early....the port is not even done yet...evidently they didn't study the clientele. I've lived here 49 years and I've never seen any medical facility make it along the coast.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Funny to me. TMH fights tooth and nail, all the way up to AHCA, to prevent CRMC from building anything outside of it's own parking lot. But, they build all over everywhere. Sickening.
  • by Betty on May 29, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    The trouble is, TMH does not care about "quality of care", they only care about the bottom line. They have given me the wrong blood type. They sent me home with pneumonia and no medicine. They are horrible.
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      by Anoaymous on May 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to Betty
      CRMC sent me home after 8 days with a collasped lung. 4 days later I entered TMH, had lung surgery with chest tubes. Stayed 10 more days. I'm ALIVE!!!
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      by Dee on May 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM in reply to Betty
      TMH may not be great, but they're a lot better than the other one!
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        by fiuson on May 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM in reply to Dee
        That is the truth!
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          by Betty on May 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM in reply to fiuson
          I don't trust either one. Had a 4 hour surgery at TCH (CMRMC) and they never brought me towels, asked for the heating pad back that they never brought, never came and cleaned my room, and never checked my eyes after leaving them dry during the 4-hour surgery. Disgusting. They really need to do better credentialing of the doctors and clean the places. And at TMH don't just spray white paint on the fungus in the ceiling tiles, actually replace them. I saw blood turn to dust outside of the x-ray dept - they never cleaned the bathroom or the hallway which still had instruments from catheterization in the tiny trash can and nicotine stains running down the walls. Both hospitals need to "clean up their act" and hire people who know about infection control instead of people that don't even speak English.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    Building a new building isn't going to fix the care given at the ER. Fix the quality of care first. When you have doctors from other hospitals that question the type of care you get there is an issue. That issue can't be corrected by a new building for the ER. Please the quality of care given.
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      by anon on May 29, 2012 at 09:33 AM in reply to
      i'm not sure you understand the purpose of building this. you may want to do a bit more research.
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        by EX-PATIENT on May 29, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to anon
        I was in their ER not too long ago: it was absolutely filthy; the staff was indolent; they did UN-necessary tests which I am now in debt for; and they also mis-diagnosed me. It's the worst hospital around.
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          by Gerry on May 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM in reply to EX-PATIENT
          The staff gets beat up daily by abusers, if ALL tests are not run then they get sued by the likes of you, you are still alive so begs to question whether they fixed you or you were in the ED for a non emergency that your doctor could have handled alot cheaper
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          by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM in reply to EX-PATIENT
          I totally understand. They let me go out of their ER with a BP of 210/97 and didn't bat an eye. The staff was rude, couldn't stop talking to their "boyfriend", and ignored me while I stood there waiting to be waited on. Very unprofessional.
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          by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 06:29 AM in reply to EX-PATIENT
          you left the ED with elevated blood pressure and are still alive so they were correct in their diagnosis that you were not having an emergency and you should have never wasted their time in the first place
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          by Gerry on May 30, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to EX-PATIENT
          The next time you have high blood pressure go to your doctor instead of the ED. DUH!!!!!
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