Business Florida 2020 - The Regions
Baker • Clay • Duval • Flagler • Nassau • Putnam • St. Johns
Health care in this region is superior and growing. Four Northeast hospitals earned top 50 rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019-20” list.
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville garnered the most attention in the 2019-20 rankings with recognition in three categories: geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. In 2018, Mayo opened a five-story, 190,000-sq.-ft treatment center for oncology, hematology, neurology and neurosurgery at its Jacksonville campus and added a $10-million positron emission tomography (PET) radiochemistry facility, bringing its total local presence to 2.6 million square feet.
UF Health Jacksonville claimed excellence in two U.S. News & World Report categories: ear, nose and throat, and nephrology. In 2018, UF Health opened the first Epilepsy Wellness Center in the region at its UF Health Neuroscience Institute in Jacksonville and began building a medical outpost in Wildlight, a master-planned community east of I-95 in Nassau County, to provide primary and urgent care, imaging, pediatrics, obstetrics and dentistry.
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville garnered recognition from U.S. News & World Report for its gynecology and diabetes & endocrinology care. Currently underway at Baptist’s downtown Jacksonville campus: upgrades to birthing and postpartum rooms in the maternity department with an estimated completion date of early 2020. Next up, a freestanding ER in west Jacksonville, the ninth such Baptist Health System facility in the region.
And Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine was ranked No. 23 nationwide for diabetes and endocrinology care.
In addition, Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville earned accolades on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals, 2019-20” list, ranking No. 48 and No. 50 respectively nationwide for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery and cancer care.
Life & Leisure
Past Is Present
Northeast Florida is America’s birthplace. Spaniards came ashore near what is today St. Augustine a full 55 years before the Brits touched ground at Plymouth Rock, and they left significant evidence behind. Worth a close-up look: Castillo de San Marcos (oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S.), the oldest house, oldest wooden schoolhouse in Florida, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and more. The Civil War looms large in this region too. Florida’s bloodiest Civil War confrontation — the Battle of Olustee — took place in what is today Baker County in 1864. A live reenactment commemorates the event each February.
Plenty More to See and Do
Northeast Florida beyond St. Augustine offers many attractions including: Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (check out the new African Forest exhibit); historic downtown Fernandina Beach (400+ historic homes, churches and commercial buildings); Flagler Beach, named one of America’s “Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel Magazine; Green Cove Springs, which some believe to be the actual “Fountain of Youth” that Ponce de Leon came looking for; and swimming, snorkeling, sailing and surfing along 90 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline.
Great Golfing … and More
Golfers love Florida’s Northeast with its more than 80 courses, including TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra where the Players PGA Tournament is held annually in March. And under construction nearby, PGA Tour’s new 187,000-sq.-ft. headquarters. Estimated completion: 2020.
Aside from golf, Northeast has plenty of other sports to cheer for: the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars at newly re-christened TIAA Bank Field, the AFL Jacksonville Sharks, Minor League Baseball’s Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the NASL Jacksonville Armada FC and one of college sports’ biggest rivalries, the annual Florida-Georgia Football Classic.