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Ribbon cutting held for brand new emergency center in Malbis

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A brand new emergency center has found a home in Baldwin County and on Thursday, local leaders held a ribbon cutting to announce its opening.

The Thomas Hospital Freestanding Emergency Department has been under construction since 2016 and officials say it will be invaluable, especially for folks on the Eastern Shore and those traveling along I-10.

This historic looking building promises to soon be one of the premiere emergency centers on the Eastern Shore and in Baldwin County.

On Thursday, local city, county and health leaders celebrated the opening of the Thomas Hospital Freestanding Emergency Department and allowed those in attendance a tour of the facility.

Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health System, said the growth of Baldwin County has increased the need for accessible emergency care.

"The time it takes to get to Thomas Hospital, Mobile infirmary and North Baldwin, all three of our facilities, left a void here. This provides a level of public safety that we haven't had before," said Nix.

The $25 million center contains 12 emergency rooms, a large medical bay and will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A helipad will also make it easy for MedStar helicopters to transport patients in need of treatment.

"State of the art equipment, three MRI's, and a CT scanner. Everything that you would get in a typical emergency situation," Nix said.

The freestanding emergency department is only the third one of its kind in Alabama and the first in in our area.

Officials say the center will cut down wait times at other hospitals and provide another layer of healthcare in the event of an emergency.

"When you come here with true emergency, you don't have to go anywhere else. They can take care of whatever issue to get you secure, stabilized and then you would go to one of the other area hospitals," said Casey Williams, with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Doors officially open at the emergency department on Thursday, October 19th.