Ocala Health September 03, 2019

Ocala, FL — Residents of Marion County have additional access to emergent care as Ocala Health opens its new Maricamp ER, a freestanding ER located on Maricamp Road adjacent to First Baptist Church. The $13 million project employs approximately 30 full-time healthcare professionals.

The 24/7, full service freestanding emergency department features 12 emergency room beds and is capable of caring for all ages, including pediatrics. The 10,820-square-foot freestanding ER is expected to serve more than 11,500 patients in its first year.

"The Maricamp ER facility represents our latest step to expand health care into the community," said Chad Christianson, CEO, Ocala Health. "While continuing to expand our Ocala Regional and West Marion campuses, we saw an opportunity to bring emergency care closer to our southeast Ocala residents. We believe this freestanding emergency room will provide our patients a more convenient, higher level experience for emergent care. We will continue to expand healthcare services where needed for our growing community."

The announcement comes during the addition of multiple access points and expansions across Ocala Health. Ocala Regional Medical Center is currently expanding and renovating its emergency department along with a recent announcement of a $31 million expansion in which 34 beds will be added to the facility.

Plans were also announced in May of a $27 million expansion at West Marion Community Hospital in which a second cath lab will be added along with a dedicated 10-bed, pre-post cath lab recovery unit as well as two large operating suites, bringing the total to 10 operating suites.

This will be Ocala Health's second freestanding emergency department. Ocala Health opened its first freestanding emergency department in Summerfield (Summerfield ER) in October 2016. Ocala Health will be breaking ground on a third freestanding emergency department in Wildwood next month.