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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opens Monday

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:42 PM

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After nearly two years of construction, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will open to patients Monday morning.

"We have four surgeries already scheduled for Monday," hospital spokeswoman Tracy Clouser said. "We're going to be notifying emergency services so they know our emergency room is open and they can bring people here."

The 18-bed emergency room features a streamlined processing, dedicated imaging equipment and nurses and board-certified emergency room physicians on-site 24 hours a day. Four of the ER suites are outfitted with lighting systems that can be customized to each patient's preference. With a tap on the touch screen, the room can be flooded with soft blue light and images of dolphins swimming on the walls, purple light with a rainforest scene or cartoons for kids.

The hospital will be fully staffed even though most of its 80-plus rooms remain empty, Clouser said. The hospital won't be transferring patients from any other facilities, but judging from the turnout for its grand opening — about 8,000 people attended the Sept. 16 event — officials expect to be busy.

Clouser said the hospital will hire more nurses and other staff in conjunction with the opening. Job seekers can apply at www.fhwesleychapel.org.

The traffic signal at the hospital's main entrance on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard will be activated Monday, and the road connecting to The Shops at Wiregrass also will open to traffic.

The construction trailer on the southwest corner of the property will be replaced with a membership sales office for the new Wesley Chapel Health & Wellness Center, which opens in January. The 50,000-square-foot facility next to the hospital features two indoor pools, an indoor walking track and a fitness center with its own spin studio and "hot yoga" room.

Clouser said the center will utilize the same equipment Olympic athletes train on, and members will be able to customize their workouts with a key-fob that connects directly to the equipment.

"It also applies on the medical side," Clouser said. "Doctors can prescribe certain types of activity and it sends reports back to the doctor."


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