Officials from the center made the announcement Friday morning during the "First Friday Coffee" hosted by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

FORT WALTON BEACH — In 2020, officials at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center plan to start an $80 million expansion and renovation project that includes construction of an emergency department in Navarre and the addition of 42 beds at the center.


Officials from the center made the announcement Friday morning during the "First Friday Coffee" hosted by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. The event took place at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.


"Beyond the $80 million construction price tag, do you know what this is?" FWBMC Chief Operating Officer Todd Jackson asked the event’s hundreds of attendees. "This is an economic impact for our community. So this means more jobs in our area, and it also enhances our capability to provide healthcare and meet the needs and the demands of those in our community seeking such services."


Officials plan to start construction of the new 11-bed, free-standing ER in Navarre at the end of January and open it in November. It will stand at 8600 Navarre Parkway, near the foot of the Navarre Beach Causeway.


The facility will provide a full range of testing and diagnostic services including lab, X-ray and CAT scan services, and will create about 30 new jobs in the community, according to FWBMC information.


In February, the hospital’s neurosurgery, urology, gastrointestinal and OB/GYN physician services groups will move into the Emily Odom Building at Mar-Walt Drive and Racetrack Road.


And in the second half of next year, officials will begin a multi-phase project that will see 42 additional beds and 120 additional parking spots added to FWBMC. The new beds will increase its total to 309.


The multi-phase project also will include a renovation and expansion of the hospital’s cafeteria and kitchen.


"All of these projects are part of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s focus on the future and commitment to improve access to high quality health care and service on behalf of our community," the center’s CEO, Mitch Mongell, said in a statement.


Attendees at the First Friday Coffee also learned that One Hopeful Place has received $500,000 from BancorpSouth Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas to help the shelter complete its second phase, which will provide housing for all homeless people in the Fort Walton Beach area.


Other newly announced contributions to the shelter include $10,000 from Mongell’s former boss, Thomas Pence, and $2,500 from the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.


In 2015, BancorpSouth Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas donated $100,000 to help pay for the first phase of One Hopeful Place.