HCA Florida Healthcare to build three new facilities, including one in Gainesville
BY CADEN DELISA
HCA Healthcare, Inc, a leading Florida healthcare provider, announced plans on Tuesday morning to build three new care centers in Florida to assist in meeting the growing statewide demand for healthcare services.
The three new spaces include a 90-bed acute care facility in Gainesville, a 100-bed hospital in Fort Myers, and a 60-bed hospital in The Villages.
“Florida continues to experience rapid population growth, and the addition of these new hospitals will help HCA Florida Healthcare meet the increasing need for acute care services in these areas,” said HCA Healthcare CEO Sam Hazen in a press release. “We are excited to expand our presence in the state and enhance our ability to care for patients.”
HCA hopes that the new medical centers will help attract nurses and technicians to Florida, where a growing worker shortage looms among healthcare providers. Early estimates suggest that the state could face a nurse shortage of 60,000 people by 2035.
Construction on the three buildings is scheduled to begin in 2022.
The new hospitals mark a continuation of HCA’s development in Florida where the organization invested approximately $3 billion over the last three years, including the $360 million HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, which opened in November.
HCA Healthcare recently underwent a rebrand in Florida to become HCA Florida Healthcare in an attempt to build a statewide brand.
The first facilities to adopt the brand in Florida included four existing hospitals, six freestanding emergency rooms, and a new, state-of-the-art hospital. The statewide transformation is part of HCA’s larger plan to create a statewide brand to reflect the state’s extensive network of specialists and dedicated healthcare experts by the third quarter of 2022.
These facilities are the first of more than 400 affiliated sites of care across the state to begin using the HCA Florida Healthcare moniker. By spring 2022, the remaining sites of care in Florida, including hospitals, freestanding ERs, and physician practices, will officially adopt the HCA Florida Healthcare brand, uniting more than 11,000 medical staff physicians and more than 77,000 colleagues.