Southeast Florida Roundup
Growing to Compete: Hospitals undergo renovations and expansions
As hospitals search for the scale to be economically viable, expansions are under way throughout Southeast Florida.
- Jupiter: Jupiter Medical Center has six new buildings and programs under way, including a 6,300-sq.-ft. pediatric emergency department, a five-story patient tower with neonatal intensive care, a comprehensive stroke center, open-heart surgery suites, an 18-bed observation unit and a cancer wing. “We believe putting these new world-class services in place as quickly as possible makes more sense than doing them one by one over a period of years,” says Jupiter Medical CEO Don McKenna.
- Stuart: Martin Medical Center is doubling the size of its emergency department with a $20-million project scheduled for completion in late 2019. It’s also building an 87,000-sq.-ft., three-story outpatient facility
- Broward: Taxpayer-supported Broward Health’s projects include $117 million in improvements at its Coral Springs, Broward Medical Center and Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital facilities. In September, it opened a $65-million tower in Coral Springs to house maternity, neonatal intensive care and other services. Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital next year will finish a $52-million renovation and expansion. Meanwhile, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, part of the South Broward Hospital District Memorial Healthcare System, will expand into Wellington in early 2019 with a 30,000-sq.-ft. children’s health specialty center. Memorial in November opened an urgent care center in east Hollywood. A partnership of Memorial Healthcare and Moffitt Cancer Center has expanded service into Aventura at the Memorial Cancer Institute office there.
- Boca Raton: Boca Raton Regional’s first step in a campus renovation and expansion begins next year with construction of a parking deck.
- Fort Lauderdale: Holy Cross Hospital is expanding its emergency department by 28,286 square feet at a cost of $11 million.
- Boca Raton-based developer PreDevCo is tearing down the 10-story Coral Springs Financial Plaza at University Drive and Sample Road and replace it with apartment buildings, retail, a movie theater and hotel. A rendering of the development is above.
- College-focused software company Campus Management in Boca Raton acquired Austin-based Education Partners. Terms weren’t disclosed. The firm’s software helps colleges manage processes such as financial aid. Campus works with approximately 1,100 institutions in 30 countries.
- Palm Beach County commissioners mandated that Airbnb, TripAdvisor, HomeAway and other vacation rental players must register and collect tourist taxes. The county for years has required companies that rent for less than six months to collect a 6% tourism development tax. Unit owners will have to open a tax account, submit a monthly return and renew registrations annually or face penalties. The companies say such paperwork will be onerous for housing owners who use their services.
- Beverly Capasso, CEO of taxpayer-supported Broward Health since January, quit. She was the fourth CEO in three years at the health district.
- Hollywood-based Memorial Healthcare System hired Jeffrey S. Sturman as senior vice president and chief information officer. He formerly was a partner at health care IT firm Cumberland Consulting Group in Franklin, Tenn., and worked for Memorial from 2004 to 2012 as a department leader and corporate manager.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to open most of the 227-mile Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to hunting in short seasons as it expands recreation there. It also plans to allow events such as weddings, open more areas to fishing and add hiking and cycling trails. A proposal from the service would open the refuge to deer and hog hunts and expand duck and alligator hunting areas while introducing horseback riding, camping and more airboating. The South Florida Water Management District leases the refuge land to the federal government and has been in favor of more recreation there.
- Premier Parks, owner of Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach in Palm Beach County, abandoned plans to develop a water park on a site owned by the city of Fort Lauderdale near the executive airport.
- Indian River State College in Fort Pierce created an Institute for Cold Case Investigation in which its criminal justice bachelor’s students will work with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office on unsolved cases.
- Stuart-based Seacoast Banking, parent of Seacoast Bank, raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Entrepreneur Gigi Stetler hopes her newly launched online RV Advisor platform becomes the Angie’s List for RV owners. She is promising her new Davie-based company will provide unbiased tips and recommendations on RV purchasing, ownership, travel and repair along with a live help line for members and discounts at campsites, restaurants and other travel-related businesses. She’s also promising discounts on parts ordered through the platform, plus roadside assistance and personal expert advice on RV purchases.
Stetler, 57, aims to emulate Angie’s List in generating, at least initially, revenue from memberships with hopes that advertisers will become the main revenue stream. She hopes to end 2019 with $12 million in revenue.
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