Orange Beach Mayor Wants Emergency Room Near Beach

Orange Beach Mayor Wants Emergency Room Near Beach

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Rescue crews in Orange Beach can get to most emergencies in three to five minutes, but transport time to the closest, hospital emergency room 15 miles away in Foley can take as long as 25 minutes.

Mayor Tony Kennon says that's unacceptable. Kennon wants to partner with a local hospital and build a full-service emergency room near the beach.

There are a few urgent care clinics on Pleasure Island, but the facilities don't have the latest, life-saving technology and tools.

Kennon says the uncertainty surrounding Obama Care is also the reason the city needs to improve medical services options at the local level.

The city is meeting with executives at a local hospital to talk about the E.R. partnership next week.  

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