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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, May 22, 201212:00 PM EST

Mayo Clinic investing $97 million, creating 400 jobs

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Mayo Clinic announced Monday that it will invest about $97 million in two Jacksonville construction projects scheduled to begin this summer.

The projects include the $80 million addition of two floors and 90 beds to its hospital, along San Pablo Road, and the $16.7 million construction of an off-site primary care center that will be built near Interstate 295 East and Gate Parkway.

Mayo Clinic said those projects and other recently announced expansions boost Mayo’s capital-improvement investments to $132 million over the past two years.

The hospital addition and the primary care center projects will add about 400 new jobs at Mayo Clinic and 250 construction jobs, said Dr. William Rupp, the CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida, in a news release.

Mayo Clinic currently has about 4,900 employees, said the release.

“Our hospital has been operating at or near capacity almost since it first opened four years ago,” Rupp said.

The project is the first expansion of the Mayo Clinic hospital since it opened in April 2008. The release said the hospital has 214 beds and the project will expand that to 304 private rooms and eight floors.

The two-story, 40,000-square-foot primary care center will be designed to support 20 physicians and providers and offer X-ray, mammography, ultrasound and laboratory services.

Mayo expects the center to open in summer 2013 and it will be Mayo’s third freestanding primary care center in Northeast Florida in addition to the primary care practice on the main campus. The other primary care centers are in Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine.

Mayo Clinic also recently added two floors to an office building on the San Pablo campus to expand Mayo Medical Laboratories and the Simulation Center, which helps train physicians and other medical staff.

In addition, Mayo also recently opened a 10,000-square-foot freestanding sleep disorders center, as well as the Gabriel House of Care, a 30-room, extended-stay patient housing center for visiting transplant and cancer patients and their families.

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