Construction begins of new South Florida Baptist Hospital in Florida

WCN Editorial Team 21 Oct 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

BayCare Health System has announced the start of construction of the new South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, Florida, US.

Opened in 1953, the original hospital has undergone 12 major additions, renovations and expansions.

Construction of the new hospital was originally scheduled to commence in August but was delayed due to increase in Covid-19 cases.

The new hospital will have six floors, two six-story towers and 420,000ft2, which is double the size of the current hospital.

It will include 146 inpatient/observation private hospital rooms, a 30-bed emergency department, an eight-bed surgery centre, four interventional/cardiac catheterisation suites and 26 intensive care unit beds.

A 15-bed mother and baby unit as well as a Labor & Delivery, which has C-section room, will also be included in the new hospital.

BayCare stated that the new hospital will also have space for future expansion to 176 rooms.

Construction work of the new South Florida Baptist Hospital is anticipated to complete in early 2024.

It will include physician offices, administrative offices as well as outpatient services for adult rehabilitation, infusion centre, laboratory, imaging, wound and hyperbaric centre.

The new hospital will have approximately 800 team members and over 250 physicians.

City of Plant Mayor Rick Lott said: “This hospital brings life into our city and guides along life's journey.

"It's always there for us, even in the hardest moments of our lives. We want to thank you for your dedication.

“The endurance you have shown in the last two years shows our community the strength of your character. The citizens are excited and thankful for the investment into our city.”

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Hospital leaders take their turn breaking ground at the ceremonial event. Credit: BayCare Health System/ PRNewswire.

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