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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.

Amy Keller | 12/12/2013

Regional Health Care News


» In July, Mayo Clinic opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. primary care center in the Hampton Village area. The $16.7-million center is the first new freestanding primary care center that Mayo has built in 16 years. Mayo is also in the process of adding two patient floors to its existing hospital and is slated to open a dialysis center on its Jacksonville campus this month.

» In October, St. Vincent’s HealthCare opened St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Clay County. The $110-million facility — Clay County’s first new hospital in 40 years — has 64 beds but is designed to expand to 250 to accommodate future population growth.

» Baptist Health opened the Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center, a full-service, hospital emergency room for children and adults, in Fleming Island in May. A comprehensive new center for outpatient, specialty pediatric care and rehabilitation services, the Wolfson Children’s Specialty Center, opened in September at the Baptist Clay Medical Campus. The Wolfson Children’s Specialty Center is a collaboration between Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic and the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville.

Lee County

» Lee Memorial Health System is in the process of appealing the state’s preliminary denial of its proposal to build an 80-bed satellite hospital in south Lee County to serve Bonita Springs/Estero. Competitor NCH Healthcare, which operates North Naples Hospital on Immokalee Road about 12 miles from the land on Coconut Road where Lee Memorial would like to build its facility, says another hospital is not needed and is opposing the plan. The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, meanwhile, is raising funds to build a 128-bed, state-of-the-art pediatric medical facility for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The $250-million facility will be located on the campus of HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers, where the current Golisano Children’s Hospital is.


» Construction is moving ahead on the VA Medical Center in Lake Nona, and the facility is on track to open next summer. The hospital will be open to patients within 90 days of completion. In the meantime, the VA is moving ahead with opening and occupying adjacent facilities, including the 120-bed Community Living Center, set to open this month, and the 60-bed Domiciliary and Rehabilitation Treatment Program, which is set to open in the spring.

» Poinciana Medical Center, a new HCA hospital in Kissimmee that opened last July, is planning to expand its emergency department by 3,500 square feet. The expansion will add eight beds, for a total of 20 beds and 14,500 square feet and is slated to begin in mid-2014.

» Florida Hospital is also in the process of building Florida Hospital for Women, which will open in 2015 on Florida Hospital Orlando’s main campus. The facility will include maternal fetal medicine (high-risk obstetrics), gynecology, neonatal intensive care, a lactation center, a high risk breast center, cardiology and other services. In October, Florida Hospital opened two women’s health centers — the $19-million Celebration Health Women’s Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health and the $7-million Winter Park Women’s Pavilion at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. Florida Hospital is also building a ninth campus in Winter Garden, which will feature a stand-alone emergency department, an outpatient imaging center and a multispecialty clinic.

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