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FWB Medical Center renovated for safety and security
The Fort. Walton Beach Medical Center is in the middle of some major renovations and upgrades.
New pieces of equipment were purchased by the hospital, but most of the renovations were centered around hospital safety and security.
Some areas of the facility, like the psychological health wing, are being totally redone, while two floors are getting a major makeover as well.
Rob Brown "The Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is currently undergoing over six million dollars in renovations they say will enhance both patient experience, and safety."
The medical center installed a new MRI machine and nuclear medicine camera, which can spot stoppages inside of different parts of the body, at a combined cost of just under three million dollars.
But the majority of the renovations focused on new security features, and improving on the overall look of the hospital, most of which hasn't been renovated in over twenty years.
The psychological health wing is being remade from the floor up, and the center is adding features for protecting both patients and the nurses who work there.
Jeremy Gray "Our Psychiatric Treatment Center, we've spent a million dollars renovating that, completely gutting the facility. New ceilings, walls, safety features for the patient rooms, alarms."
The third and fourth floors are also being outfitted with new floors, walls and patient rooms.
Security cameras are being placed throughout the building and in the parking lot, and systems to lock down the hospital in case of emergency have been added as well.
"Safety has been one of our, a huge focus over the last year. We had about a half a million dollars in capital invested into adding cameras, so that we can see our surroundings."
Hospital officials say people who work in the hospital had a hand in the overall plan of the renovations.
"We really brought them into the whole renovation picture, and taken their ideas and incorporated them into the developmental plan."
Rob Brown "A hospital spokesman says most of the renovations should be finished up by the end of June."