Halifax Health will provide a medical boost to Daytona Beach Shores and the beachside area.
The Shores City Council agreed to a 20-year lease for Halifax to open an urgent care center in the Senior Center at 3048 S. Atlantic Avenue.
Since Hurricane Irma unleashed her wrath in 2017, destroying then Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, there have been no urgent care services on the beachside.
The city manager and city attorney worked on finalizing the agreement with Halifax Health to create the urgent care facility slated to open by the end of next summer.
“It’s a big win for us,” Councilman Rick Frizalone said. “It will be a full-fledged, full-service urgent care facility. It will have imaging, which will include mammograms and bone density. There will be a doctor on site. We will have a world class health facility beachside. It’s so incredible for our residents.
“I want to thank county (Volusia County) Councilwoman Billie Wheeler for bringing the Halifax Hospital deal to the city and also a big thanks to Mayor Nancy Miller and our City Manager Mike Booker for ultimately securing the deal.”
Mr. Booker also wanted to make sure Councilwoman Wheeler got accolades for the project.
“None of this would have been possible if we hadn’t first gotten in contact with them through (Councilwoman Wheeler). She started the ball rolling and we took it and ran with it. When they looked at (the Senior Center) they just kind of fell in love with the building and said this is just what we are looking for and we took it from there. We are extremely excited about this.”
Mayor echoed praises for Councilwoman Wheeler and the whole process and project.
“It’s fabulous. I want to make sure Billie Wheeler gets full credit for this,” the mayor said. “She was the one who first approached Halifax and planted the seed in their ear. I don’t know if we would have gotten our foot in the door if it hadn’t been for her.
“(Halifax Health officials) were just a pleasure to work with. I am very happy to have them there. They may expand their services depending on how much use it gets,” the mayor said. “I couldn’t be any more thrilled with them coming and being in a partnership with them. We are just so excited.”
Mayor Miller said she knew from feedback from residents that an urgent care center was one of the main requests.
In the agreement, part of the building will be demolished and Halifax will lease the rebuilt, 3,100-square-foot facility. The city expects to spend $150,000 and Halifax's investment is expected to be about $600,000.
Halifax has an option to renew the lease for two additional 10-year periods.
Proposed operating hours for the facility will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and either 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours may ultimately be adjusted further.