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New emergency center at the Town Center

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The public got its first look inside a new pediatric and adult emergency center at the St. Johns Town Center Saturday.

The new 16-bed emergency center is located at 4085 Town Center Parkway, near the intersection of Interstate 295 and Town Center Parkway.

"At the present time of the population at the town center area is growing immensely and we made a decision based upon the growth in the region and the number of patients that seek the care here. Nearly 12,000, pediatric patients a year need emergency care on the town center area. We decided to bring the care closer to home so that all consumers would not need to drive all the way down toward downtown campus," said Director of Emergency Services Darin Roark. 

The building will house two emergency centers under one roof. The Baptist Emergency Center and the Wolfson Children's Emergency Center will each have eight exam rooms. The dedicated rooms on the Wolfson Children's side are specially designed to meet the unique needs of children.

"One of the things we have heard from moms is that they really like an emergency room that caters to the needs of kids and we are taking that into account when we design the center by including pediatric friendly  facilities such you would find in family restaurants and shopping mall," said Roark.

If a patient needs to be admitted to a hospital for further treatment, the center offers easy access to inpatient services at Baptist Medical Centers or Wolfson Children's Hospital.