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February 20, 2018

Business Florida 2017 - The Regions

Bases Loaded

| 9/22/2016


6,000 personnel — average age early 40s — retire from military service here each year, prepped and ready to bring advanced technical skills to the private-sector workplace.

48% of residents over age 25 in Florida’s capital city Tallahassee have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to the U.S. average of 29%.

  • Population: 1,442,809
  • Labor Force: 658,989
  • Household EBI: $41,753
  • Universities/Colleges: 9
  • Commercial Airports: 4
  • Seaports: 3

Since opening in April 2012, the stadium where the Blue Wahoos AA baseball team plays has become a linchpin for a wave of downtown Pensacola development that includes dozens of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues.


Life Sciences / Health Care

PENSACOLA Sacred Heart Health System has begun its new $57-million, four-story Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Connected to Sacred Heart’s existing Children’s Hospital, the new facility will include an expanded pediatric emergency department and neonatal intensive care unit as well as six operating rooms, a pharmacy and rehabilitation gym specifically dedicated to pediatric care.

TALLAHASSEE Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare broke ground on its highly anticipated $250-million surgical center in June 2015. Named for the hospital’s first CEO, the five-story, 340,000-sq.-ft. M.T. Mustian Surgical Center will replace TMH’s current surgical and ICU areas with 28 operating suites and 72 adult medical/surgical intensive care beds. The new facility is expected to begin admitting patients by early 2019.

GULF BREEZE Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will join forces with Nemours Children’s Health System to become the “official medical services providers” for the United States Tennis Association’s USTA National Campus now taking shape at Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, offering pediatric-focused injury prevention, rehabilitation and therapy programs for young athletes.

PACE Baptist Health Care is constructing a $6-million medical park — its fourth such facility in the greater Pensacola area — to house physician offices, walk-in care, imaging and laboratory services.

MIRAMAR BEACH Sacred Heart Health System celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding in September 2015 by breaking ground on a $30-million expansion to increase capacity for maternity, emergency, inpatient and pediatric services at its Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.

Key Players

Baptist Health Care | Pensacola
Bay Medical Sacred Heart | Panama City
Sacred Heart Health System | Pensacola
Tallahassee Memorial Health-Care | Tallahassee

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City will invest $27 million to expand its emergency department and critical care wing.

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