Pensacola HCA Florida West Hospital to keep taking Baker Act patients

HCA Florida West Hospital will continue accepting Baker Act patients past a Nov. 15 deadline it initially declared as the cutoff date.


HCA Florida West Hospital will continue accepting Baker Act patients past a Nov. 15 deadline it initially declared as the cutoff date.

HCA Florida West Hospital will continue accepting Baker Act patients past a Nov. 15 deadline it initially declared as the cutoff date.

Florida West Hospital had set a 90-day deadline in August to stop receiving mental health patients who officials have deemed a danger to themselves under Florida’s Baker Act.

Hospital spokesperson Kendrick Doidge told the News Journal on Friday those plans have been indefinitely delayed because of the progress made toward setting up a Central Receiving Facility.

“All of the community partners focused on mental health are coming together to really come up with a solution through Rep. Salzman’s Mental Health Task Force,” Doidge said. “It looks like there’s some real positive movement going on to create this Central Receiving Facility for the community.”



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