Brooks Rehabilitation announced Jan. 25 that it broke ground on an additional inpatient rehabilitation hospital at its 115-acre Bartram Park campus in South Jacksonville.
Jacksonville-based Brooks is building the 60-bed hospital at 6400 Brooks Bartram Drive.
The city issued a permit Dec. 22 for the $343,000 foundation project.
Perry-McCall Construction Inc. is the contractor. England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer. Gresham Smith is the designer.
Brooks expects to open the hospital in the first quarter of 2022.
“After a careful needs assessment, we determined a second hospital in Jacksonville will allow us to treat more patients with our specialized services to achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Doug Baer, Brooks Rehabilitation president and CEO, in a news release.
“We will expand to add additional inpatient beds in the future, as necessary.”
Brooks built its original 160-bed rehabilitation hospital at 3599 University Blvd. S. The release said it provides care for more than 3,000 patients per year.
Brooks also manages a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in partnership with Halifax Health in Daytona Beach.
Like at the original hospital, the new Bartram Park facility will provide treatment for patients after a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or other disabling illness or injury.
Brooks promoted Dr. Parag Shah, who serves as medical director for both the stroke program and data solutions, to medical director for the new Bartram hospital. He will remain medical director for data solutions.
It named Bryan Murphy as vice president of operations for the new hospital.
Brooks said it estimates it will hire 150 employees to staff the hospital once it is fully operational.
The Brooks Bartram campus includes a 100-bed skilled nursing facility; a three-story, 61-unit assisted living facility; and two Green House 12-bed memory care homes to provide specialized services for the aging population.
The campus, which opened in 2013, was planned to accommodate growth.