Site work begins on new freestanding E.R.

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University of Florida Health leaders broke ground today (Dec. 2) on a new full-service, freestanding emergency room in a heavily populated area southwest of Gainesville, providing patients with access to fast, high-quality emergency care close to home.

Located on Southwest Archer Road near Tower Road, west of Interstate 75, the new UF Health Emergency Center – Kanapaha is expected to open in October 2016. The planned 10,881-square-foot emergency center will feature 10 exam rooms, one room dedicated to trauma care and the full complement of diagnostic radiology and laboratory services needed, room, including CT scans. The center will be UF Health’s second freestanding emergency facility in Gainesville. In 2013, UF Health opened UF Health Shands Emergency Center – Springhill in northwest Gainesville.

The new center will give area residents convenient, 24-hour-a-day access to the full expertise of UF Health.

The freestanding center will receive 911 patients and, if needed, also will offer a place for physicians to stabilize trauma patients before sending them to the Level 1 trauma center at UF Health Shands Hospital.

Since opening in 2013, the UF Health Shands Emergency Center – Springhill has received more than 40,000 patient visits.

Construction is scheduled to be complete late next summer and a tentative grand opening is scheduled for October 2016.

Click through the below gallery to see photos from the groundbreaking ceremony and the artists’ renderings of the UF Health Emergency Center at Kanapaha.