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Groundbreaking Held for New ER in Palmetto


PALMETTO — On Tuesday, HCA Florida Blake Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new freestanding emergency room facility in Palmetto. The 10,800-square-foot facility will be built on 3.6-acre parcel at 902 10th St. East, just east of the Walmart Supercenter.

The estimated completion timeline for the project is next summer. The company plans to break ground on another such facility in Bayshore Gardens in December.

"This groundbreaking event marks a significant milestone in HCA Florida Healthcare’s commitment to enhance healthcare accessibility in the Palmetto community," the company said in a press release.

Formerly Blake Medical Center, HCA Florida Blake Hospital is 383-bed tertiary hospital located in west Bradenton since 1973. It contains the only Level II Trauma Center and Burn Center in Manatee County.


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  • rayfusco68

    Consumer beware, if you think the expansion for free standing emergency departments by hospitals is altruistic, think again. Our for profit health caste system puts profits first.

    Consumers sometimes mistake FEDs for urgent care centers because these facilities can often look and feel

    like urgent care centers. As a result, consumers are often surprised when they receive a bill that is significantly

    higher than they might have expected. Unlike an urgent care center, which provides non-emergent care and

    only charges a physician fee, a FED provides emergent care and charges a physician fee and a facility fee.

    The average cost for primary care at an urgent care center is $193, compared to over $2,000 in an emergency


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