UF Health, Flagler Health+ sign agreement for Durbin Park campus

The deal could bring a hospital, ambulatory medical services and medical residency programs to northern St. Johns County.

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Flagler Health+ signed a nonbinding letter of intent with UF Health, which eventually may bring hospital facilities and medical residency programs to its future campus in Durbin Park, according to a May 11 news release.

It also could include ambulatory medical services.

In June, Flagler Health+ announced the purchase of 40 acres in Durbin Park, where it would construct its third Flagler Health+ Village. Durbin Park is between Interstate 95 and State Road 9B in northern St. Johns County.

“Collaboration is an important part of our strategy at Flagler Health+, as we look to create individualized experiences and customized service offerings for the distinctly unique communities we serve today, and those we will serve in the future,” said Flagler Health+ President & CEO Jason Barrett said in a news release.

“UF Health is unsurpassed in its reputation for rigorous education in the health professions and its expertise in specialties that we believe will benefit the residents of Northern St. Johns County,” he said.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the news release said it would not be a merger or acquisition.

“We offer compassionate care with a focus on world-class outcomes for all, no matter how simple or complex their illness, and we offer hope — and results — for those who have been told elsewhere they have run out of alternatives,” said Dr. David Nelson, president of UF Health, in the release.

“We are looking forward to continuing discussions with Flagler Health+ to establish shared goals on behalf of residents of the region.” 

Flagler Health+ plans to break ground on the health village portion of the project in the fall.

The hospital portion of the project may be further out. The June announcement said a hospital wouldn’t be constructed until the second and third phase of the project. Those phases would include outpatient surgical services and cancer care. 

The first phase of the project would comprise family practice, women’s care, urgent care, pediatrics, imaging and laboratory services and green space for activities.