Health Care: Expansions
Florida Hospitals in 'Expansion Mode'
Despite uncertainty surrounding the new health care law, hospitals around the state are in expansion mode. Here's a look at some projects in Florida.
» Baptist Hospital of Miami is expanding the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Hospital’s Surgery Center. The $90-million, three-story construction project will include new operating rooms for neuroscience, cardiac and robotic surgery. Space for new programs, which will include a National Center for Aneurysm Therapy, Center for Advanced Endovascular Therapies and Center for Structural Heart Therapy, will also be included. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2016.
» St. Lucie Medical Center is expanding its emergency department. The $9.3-million expansion, which should be complete by the spring, will triple the size of the ER to 15,000 square feet and will add 11 beds for a total of 35.
» Tradition Medical Center, Martin Health System’s newest hospital, is slated to open this month. The $110-million, 90-bed facility is located in Stuart and will provide emergency care, labor and delivery, a full range of outpatient diagnostic testing and treatment and inpatient and outpatient surgery. In June, Martin Health System in partnership with HealthSouth opened a 34-bed comprehensive medical rehab hospital to serve patients recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries and orthopedic surgeries. The 48,000-sq.-ft. facility is the first inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital in Martin or St. Lucie counties.
» BayCare Health System is building a 352,000-sq.-ft. hospital in Riverview to serve the growing South Shore area. The $225-million facility, St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, will have 90 private patient suites and 22 observation rooms and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
» A $15-million expansion project at Capital Regional Medical Center has added two floors with 44 private beds.
» Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City recently unveiled a $33-million, three-story addition. The renovation allowed for 42 new critical care beds, a new pediatric intensive care unit, more ICU beds and a larger neonatal intensive care unit.