AdventHealth expands emergency care into Belleview community

Joe Johnson, the President and CEO of AdventHealth Ocala, Kimberly Loucks, the director of Emergency Services, Dr. Michael Torres, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ken Barrick, the Medical Director, Christine Dobkowski, the Mayor of Belleview and Kathy Bryant of the Marion County Commission, left to right, the cut the ribbon at the new AdventHealth Belleview Emergency Room on Southeast Abshier Boulevard in Belleview on Sept. 30. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]
On Sept. 30, leaders at AdventHealth cut the ribbon on a new 13,000-square foot, 24-hour emergency room (ER) located at 6006 S.E. Abshier Blvd. in Belleview.

The 12-bed facility will be a full-service ER with the ability to transfer patients requiring an extended stay to AdventHealth Ocala for care if needed.

The ER will officially open for care on Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.

“As our community grows, it’s imperative that we continue to grow and expand our services. We are excited about bringing our connected network of care to families in Belleview and The Villages,” said Joe Johnson, president and CEO of AdventHealth Ocala. “With this new ER, we can provide our brand of whole person care to more families, fulfilling our promise to elevate care for everyone in the Greater Marion County community and beyond.”

The $18 million facility will offer a wide array of services from board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses who specialize in emergency care for adults and children.

Some of the services will include state of the art, on-site diagnostic imaging including x-ray, ultrasound, CT scans and onsite laboratory services to provide patients with real-time results—leading to more accurate and convenient diagnosis and treatment.

“AdventHealth Belleview ER will be home to some of the best doctors and nurses in emergency care,” said Dr. Michael Torres, chief medical officer of AdventHealth Ocala. “Whether you’re having chest pain or a critical injury, we have the experts ready and waiting to care for you when you need us most.”

The new emergency room is expected to provide approximately 100 jobs in Marion County. It will be AdventHealth’s second offsite emergency room in Marion County—the hospital system also operates AdventHealth TimberRidge ER in Ocala.

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