Pensacola HCA Florida West Hospital will continue to accept Baker Act patients

HCA Florida West Hospital will continue to accept Baker Act patients beyond the Nov. 15 deadline it originally declared as the cut-off date.

Florida West Hospital set a 90-day deadline in August to stop accepting mental health patients officials deemed dangerous under Florida’s Baker Act.

Hospital spokesman Kendrick Doidge told the News Journal on Friday that those plans have been put on hold indefinitely due to progress being made in setting up a central admissions facility.

“All the partners in the mental health community are coming together to really come up with a solution through Rep. Salzman’s mental health task force,” Doidge said. “There seems to be some real positive movement to create this central reception facility for the community.”

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