JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Memorial Hospital will open its second area free-standing emergency center in the spring of 2014.

The 10-bed, more than 9,000-square-foot facility will be located at the intersection of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards in front of the Kohl's department store. Construction is set to begin later this year.

The Memorial Emergency Center Atlantic will be a full-service ER with a dedicated pediatrics area. The facility will be licensed by the state as an Emergency Department and will operate just like an ER that is attached to a hospital.

"This is a growing part of Jacksonville," says Jim O'Loughlin, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital. "The people in this area will benefit from having closer access to emergency medical care."

In October, Memorial opened its first free-standing emergency center, the Memorial Emergency Center Julington Creek. Since opening, the Julington Creek location has seen thousands of patients, and its physicians have treated everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

"Our experience in Julington Creek tells us people want emergency care close to them," O'Loughlin said. "It's comforting to know there's help nearby if you or a member of your family needs it."