Wildlight-area residents will soon have health care options closer to home.
“When this building opens in exactly two weeks, it will provide the people who live in this area the best medical expertise right at their front door. Not only for the people here in Wildlight but throughout Nassau County, throughout northern Duval County and southern Georgia,” UF Health Jacksonville CEO Leon Haley said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
UF Health’s 40,000-square-foot medical office building at A1A and William Burgess Boulevard will open Dec. 6
It will offer urgent care, family medicine, imaging, lab services, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry and dentistry.
UF Health’s existing primary care facility in Yulee will close and relocate to the Wildlight building.
This will be UF Health’s first facility open in Wildlight. A wellness center that will UF Health Rehabilitation services and a YMCA which will open next fall. It’s located on the north side of A1A.
In addition to the two buildings, Haley said UF faculty will work with Wildlight officials to create childhood development and community nutrition programs and smart parks in the area.
In an interview on Nov. 7, Haley said moving into Wildlight would allow the health system to grow further north into the region. The UF Health North medical office building opened in 2014, and the patient tower followed in 2017.
“As we continue to think about our footprint in the region, going north is part of that,” Haley said. “Wildlight also fits into our northern growth strategy.”
In 2017, Rayioner selected UF Health and the University of Florida as its strategic health care partner to ensure healthy living was integrated into the community.
“It’s rare that you get an opportunity to partner with somebody from the beginning and help guide and shape,” Haley said. “So that’s what made it interesting for us.”
Wildlight is a master-planned community in Nassau County. Its first phase is 260 acres, 1,000 homes and commercial, office and retail development. Wildlight property totals 23,000 acres.
UF Health’s facility is the first health care system to open in Wildlight. Baptist Health has plans to build a freestanding ER and 30,000-square-foot medical office and retail building down the street at the corner of Harper Chapel Road and A1A. Memorial Hospital bought 55 acres at northeast Interstate 95 and A1A, and has yet to announce its plans for the property.