Jacksonville — Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic recently announced plans to expand its hospital to meet the growing demands for complex patient care.
Five new floors will be built on top of the hospital’s existing tower to add 121 new inpatient beds plus 56 Intensive Care Unit beds with additional shelled space for future expansion. Construction is said to begin in the latter part of 2022 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.
The Clinic says that the 432 million-dollar expansion is one of several transformational projects occurring at Mayo Clinic in Florida, including the construction of the first carbon ion therapy facility in North America.
“The expansion of our hospital will enable Mayo Clinic to offer outstanding, high-quality care to more patients with serious and complex illnesses,” says Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. “Designed to maximize flexibility, the expansion will facilitate new care models, accelerate digital innovation and enhance patient experience.”
According to the Clinic’s most recent statistics, Florida’s Mayo Clinic has experienced enormous growth to include staffing which has increased 23% in the past three years, with today’s tally at 8,314 to include 1,074 physicians, researchers, residents and fellows.
The hospital says that the new expansion will afford Mayo Clinic the opportunity to provide additional jobs.
Holding the No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings in six of the past seven years, the Florida Mayo Clinic contributes more than $2 billion annually to the local economy.
“As a premier academic medical center, it’s extremely exciting to see the continued growth and transformational innovation taking place on our campus,” Dr. Thielen says. “We look forward to construction starting soon.”
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