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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jan. 27, 202005:10 AM EST

Memorial Hospital planning surgical expansion

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Construction is expected to begin in March at the main campus along University Boulevard.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

Memorial Hospital will expand its surgery services with a $25 million, 10,000-square-foot addition to its main campus on University Boulevard.

The building will add five operating rooms, two of which will be for cardiovascular procedures. There will be five surgery recovery areas in the building. There also will be space for a new locker room and lounge for surgeons and staff.

Chief Operating Officer Cory Darling said he expects construction preparation to begin in March and expansion completion by summer 2021.

The expansion will be on a single floor. 

“As the community’s grown, we are growing with it,” Darling said. “I think this will really escalate our services that we’re offering to our patients.”

The expansion will be built on a parking lot, along an existing hospital wall south of the emergency room entrance.

Darling said since the hospital is seeing growth in surgeries that require a hospital stay, an expansion on the campus made the most sense. Memorial has outpatient surgery centers on Kennerly Road near the hospital and on Park Street in Riverside.

With some surgical operations moving into the expansion, Memorial will have space to designate an existing operating room as a robotic surgical suite. 

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