HCA Florida North Florida Hospital (NFH) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for the future HCA Florida Gainesville Emergency and HCA Florida Gainesville Hospital campuses.
The new facilities will be located off Archer Road and Interstate 75 at 4094 SW 41st Blvd.
“This enables us to continue to serve our community,” said NFH Chief Executive Officer Eric Lawson. “It gives us another location and allows us to focus on innovation and partnership with the Gainesville community.”
The property site for the emergency and hospital campuses is a 40-acre parcel.
The project will be split into two different phases.
The Gainesville Emergency Room is the first phase. It will include 11 beds and operate as a full-service emergency room, similar to NFH’s current emergency rooms.
NFH executives expect the emergency room to be fully finished by the end of this year.
Phase two is the construction of the 90-bed HCA Gainesville Hospital, which will serve inpatient rehab, medical research, and critical care patients. It will include four operating rooms, a cardiac catheterization laboratory and inpatient and outpatient services.
Construction for the hospital is scheduled to begin at the start of 2024 and will be finished late in the year 2025.
HCA NFH also celebrated its 50th anniversary at the event.
“This hospital was founded 50 years ago by local physicians, and so the partnership with the medical community and focusing on innovation has really made a difference,” Lawson said.
Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) will lead the upcoming construction project.
“The community will have emergency services closer to where they live,” Lawson said. “Once the hospital opens up, we will have additional beds, which are a critical need in the community, as well as having minimally invasive surgery, so folks can access the hospital and go home quickly.”