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South Shore’s newest hospital set to open next February

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RIVERVIEW – Barring anything unforeseen, this time next year area residents will have a new, fully operational healthcare complex off Big Bend Road not far from Interstate 75. St. Joseph’s Hospital-South– the latest addition to BayCare Health System’s network of not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services – is on schedule and on budget.

“Currently we’re still working on the exterior but the majority of work now is going on inside the facility,” said Scott Smith, St. Joseph’s Hospital-South president. “That includes our patient care area on the second, third and fourth floors, nursing stations, radiology and the ER and the first floor of the Medical Office Building. All of the site work has been completed, except for landscaping.”

BayCare will spend $237 million for the complex being built on 72 acres off Big Bend Road between Simmons Loop and Lincoln roads. When completed, the site will include a 90-bed, full-service, acute care hospital, with 22 additional observation beds; an attached, three-story, 100,000-square-foot Medical Office Building; and a two-story, standalone Physician’s Office Building that opened last July. The office building includes BayCare Outpatient Imaging, BayCare Laboratories and HealthPoint Medical Group’s Patient-Centered Medical Home. Its upper floor has hospital-sponsored time-share and regular office space for area doctors and specialists.

The imaging center offers high field open MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds and bone-density testing using the latest technology. A new palm vein scanner allows patients to check in once and never have to again, unless their records need updating.

The hospital is designed to look and feel like a luxury hotel, and all of its features and services are geared to patient comfort and privacy.

“People will appreciate the level of quality that the St. Joseph’s brand will bring to the area,” Smith said. “And they will also appreciate the level of patient care experience they receive.”

Smith has already appointed his team of directors: Michael Hance for operations; Michelle Landy, patient services; and Rita Templeton, clinical decision support. The trio will hire the hospital’s leadership team of department managers who will in turn hire and place about 500 staff positions by the fall, including nurses, technicians, cafeteria workers and maintenance personnel. Jobs will be posted on an active job board at www.BayCarejobs.com.

BayCare has paid $2.6 million to install a traffic light at the intersection of Simmons Loop and Big Bend and make road improvements to both roads.

Looking ahead Smith said there’s plenty of room on site to accommodate expansion, given the projected growth of the community.

“The current configuration allows for two more hospital floors, additional medical office buildings and (horizontal) expansion of the hospital,” he said.

But for now Smith’s focus is completing construction and getting the right people hired.

“It’s exciting to be part of developing a hospital for a strong, regional provider known for it, to have the opportunity to serve the community and region from day one, and to experience the tremendous community support we’ve received for St. Joseph’s and this facility,” Smith said.

When it opens next February, St. Joseph’s Hospital-South will become part of BayCare’s Community Health Alliance, which in Hillsborough County includes St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s and St. Joseph’s Women’s hospitals in Tampa; St. Joseph’s Hospital North in Lutz; and South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City.

For the latest developments on at South Shore’s newest hospital, visit https://www.facebook.com/stjosephssouth.

lkindle@tampatrib.com

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