By Roxanne Squires
TAMPA, Fla. – The second phase of the $300 million Florida Hospital in Tampa is currently underway; tapping HuntonBrady of Orlando as the architect and Robins and Morton of Birmingham, Ala., as the general contractor.
The expansion project includes 24 brand new operating rooms, a new hospital entrance and over 100 all private dedicated surgical care beds.
Construction of the first phase of the project consisted of expanding an existing parking garage located near the Pepin Heart Institute by 300 spaces.
The second phase is comprised of building a new six-story surgical tower, which began in October 2018, and will concentrate on pancreatic and liver surgery as well as neurology while also providing more beds, operating rooms and parking.
“This is a state-of-the-art project that will provide specialty care in Tampa Bay that you can’t find anywhere else in our area,” said Brian Adams, president and CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa. “Our goal is to design a surgical tower that isn’t just relevant today, but will be relevant 30 years from now, combining surgical innovation and the most advanced robotic technologies with the nation’s best physicians.”
The expansion also includes 314,000-square-feet in six floors, 140,000-square-feet dedicated to surgery in operating rooms, and pre- and post-operative care and sterile processing.
The project will create a 132-bed capacity growth including 24 in the surgical intensive care unit and 72 in progress care as well as 36 beds for future growth.
“This is about more than growth and expansion, this is about connecting our community to the kind of expert health care that’s needed and delivering it with Florida Hospital’s unique brand of inspired, compassionate care,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of Florida Hospital West Florida Division.
The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery at Florida Hospital Tampa is expected to open in 2021 and will bring an estimated 117 new clinical jobs in the first year, and 587 new jobs by the fifth year.