UF Health Jacksonville held a groundbreaking ceremony March 31 for its $140 million expansion of UF Health North.
“UF Health North has become an integral part of this community since it opened seven years ago, and this expansion is another example of our dedication to the health and well-being of the people who live and work in this area,” UF Health Jacksonville CEO Russ Armistead said in a news release.
The 225,200-square-foot hospital addition is planned on 25.14 acres at 15255 Max Leggett Parkway, near Interstate 95 east of River City Marketplace.
The new six-story tower will have 124 patient rooms.
Above the main floor, two floors will be dedicated to patients who require acute physical therapy. Two additional patient floors will be used for acute care, and one floor will be used primarily for ancillary services.
UF Health said construction will begin in April with completion planned for early 2024.
Renderings show the tower will be built on the east side of phase two of the UF Health North campus.
UF Health North opened the first phase of the campus in 2015, a medical office building that includes a 24/7 emergency room, outpatient surgery suites, imaging and other diagnostic services and four floors of physicians’ offices.
Phase two opened in May 2017, a 92-bed inpatient tower comprising five floors. There is a 20-bed unit dedicated to labor and delivery and other women’s services, a 24-bed floor dedicated to intensive care, two 24-bed floors dedicated to general medical inpatients and one floor for administrative services, a chapel and a cafeteria.
“The success of this campus is a result of the dedication of the people who work here and great support from the community,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health, in the release. “We are committed to providing high-quality care that’s convenient for patients and we look forward to meeting the growing needs of residents here and throughout Florida.”
Batson-Cook and Danis are joint-venture contractors on the project. Gresham Smith is the architect.