HCA breaks ground on new hospital

HCA officials and local dignitaries break ground for HCA's new hospital on Thursday.
HCA officials and local dignitaries break ground for HCA's new hospital on Thursday.
Photo by Glory Reitz

The HCA Florida Gainesville Emergency Room ER near I-75 in southwest Gainesville has been open for a few months now, but HCA Florida Healthcare celebrated the facility with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday morning. At the same ceremony, HCA broke ground for a new, 90-bed hospital that will eventually join with the ER. 

“Over the last 50 years we have really never stopped growing as a hospital,” Eric Lawson, CEO of HCA Florida North Florida Hospital, said in a speech. “North Florida has grown with our community, with Gainesville and with the surrounding communities. So this is just the next chapter for North Florida Hospital.” 

Mark Amox said the new hospital will focus on minimally invasive robotic surgery.
Photo by Glory Reitz Mark Amox said the new hospital will focus on minimally invasive robotic surgery.

The hospital’s main focus will be minimally invasive robotic surgery, dedicating 60 beds and four operating rooms to medical/surgical uses. Thirty beds will belong to an inpatient rehab hospital as a “hospital within the hospital.” 

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“We’ll have advanced imaging, we’ll have robotics from day one,” said Mark Amox, HCA Florida North Florida’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). “That’s not only on the general surgery side, but on orthopedics and other areas of that nature, so that patients can come in here, receive the cutting-edge care that they receive just down the road at our flagship hospital on Newberry [Road].” 

Hospital officials said the freestanding ER and the coming hospital help make HCA’s healthcare more accessible to the community. They are also helping fill an overwhelming demand for beds as the community grows. 

Eric Godet, president and CEO of the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, said the new HCA facilities on the west side of Gainesville are helping improve the community’s quality of life. 

“I think what’s really nice is, it’s important for our community to see infrastructure being placed in our community as we grow because our existing infrastructure was insufficient to handle the amount of people that are moving in here,” Godet said in an interview. 

Gary Gillette is a member of the board of trustees and medical director of emergency room physicians for HCA Florida North Florida Hospital’s freestanding emergency room. He said the four freestanding ERs provide the same care available at the main ERs. 

Gary Gillette said the freestanding ER and coming hospital create another access point for the community to reach HCA's healthcare.
Photo by Glory Reitz Gary Gillette said the freestanding ER and coming hospital create another access point for the community to reach HCA’s healthcare.

“I think it provides another great access point for our community to provide high quality, efficient health care, and brings the care closer to where people live and makes it more convenient for people to access the care local to their where they live,” Gillette said in an interview. 

The quality of HCA’s healthcare has faced scrutiny recently as issues with sterilization of surgical instruments have interrupted surgeries at the main North Florida hospital. 

Lawson said he is “highly confident” that HCA is providing “world-class care” for its patients, with quality control checks “every step of the way.” 

Gillette said the ER went through internal HCA reviews, as well as reviews by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). 

“We are always striving for the best quality care, and we spend every day making sure that we provide safe, high-quality care for our patients,” Lawson said. 

Eric Godet said the new HCA facilities are growing with the community.
Photo by Glory Reitz Eric Godet said the new HCA facilities are growing with the community.
Eric Lawson speaks with Jeannie Rickman at the groundbreaking.
Photo by Glory Reitz Eric Lawson (left) speaks with Jeannie Rickman at the groundbreaking.
The joint ribbon cutting and groundbreaking drew over a hundred attendees.
Photo by Glory Reitz The joint ribbon cutting and groundbreaking drew over a hundred attendees.

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BillS

“Gillette said the ER went through internal HCA reviews, as well as reviews by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)….I question HCA and JCAHO’s reviews after the ongoing clusterf**k at NFRMC…What’s going to be different? Elaborate Mr. Gillette.

Jim

Nothing will change. They want people to sign up to have outpatient surgery because it’s their largest source of revenue so they will continue to tell half truths. I will NEVER have surgery at HCA in the North Central Florida area. Their leadership is one of the most corrupt division in the entire company and they know it.

Yeah, it's me.

I hope HCA gets its crap together. I had such a bad experience at Shands, I’d rather die at home than for Shands to save my life. They proved to me walking into Shands could devastate my life. I went there seeing floaters in my eye from a detaching retina. A nurse there wrote me up to be Baker-Acted for supposedly having hallucinations until the ophthalmologist showed up 11 1/2 hours to stop her, saying he could see the floaters I had been describing.

Read that again. This nurse was about to Baker-Act me for NOTHING. She was about to DEVASTATE my life. I’d rather die outside of Shands. They hire atrociously incompetent people.

BillS

Thanks for the completely unrelated update about a hospital that is not the subject of this article…and as for your medical shopping list I say: “TMI”.

SUE

Another HCA hospital, another chance for malpractice.