Lakewood Ranch, Fl — Keri Else is a busy mom. When she is not at her full time job, her 12-year-old daughter’s school and cheerleading schedule keep her occupied. When it comes to her family’s healthcare, quality and convenience are important. Else needed an emergency room in the past, but was hesitant to go because she was concerned about a long wait and difficult process. She is happy to hear about a new emergency room opening near her home in Lakewood Ranch. “I think this is a huge benefit to the area. I like having choices and it’s a comfort knowing there is a new ER so close to home,” said Else.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is opening a new emergency room on on State Road 70 near I-75. The new, state of the art facility will provide 24/7 board certified emergency physician coverage and offer x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, laboratory and pharmacy services. All treatment rooms are private and there will be a separate area for pediatric patients.

“We saw a need for high quality and efficient emergency care in this area. There is tremendous growth in Lakewood Ranch and along the I-75 corridor,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. “We have an excellent reputation for providing quality care efficiently and with a personal approach at our Sarasota ER and we will do the same at our new ER in Lakewood Ranch.”

The new ER will add approximately 40 new, full time jobs to the community with an estimated annual salary and benefits impact of more than four million dollars. It is 11,000 square feet and cost approximately 10 million dollars to build and equip with the latest medical technologies.

The new facility will also feature the work of local students. Students in the digital photography program at Manatee Technical College created all the artwork. An open house for the community with tours and a teddy bear clinic for children will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 10am-Noon.