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South Bay Hospital announces major expansion project

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Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

SUN CITY CENTER – South Bay Hospital isn’t your grandmother’s hospital anymore.

The HCA-owned medical center is undergoing a $33-million facelift to serve not only its core patient population in Sun City Center but also residents of communities throughout South Shore.

“South Bay Hospital has been providing high quality and compassionate care to the community for over 30 years,” said its CEO Sharon Roush. “This expansion and addition of new services will allow us to continue to meet the needs of a growing community well into the future.”

The project will include the addition of a new patient tower and catheterization lab, plus renovations of existing patient care areas to provide new flooring and new finishes for an updated, modern design.

Construction of the 2,660-square-foot cath lab next to the emergency department was initiated in June. It will open this fall and be the first of its kind in South Shore.

Construction of the patient tower will start later this year. It will be designed to expand vertically for future third and fourth floor additions and include 12 new ICU patient rooms and 14 additional telemetry patient rooms for cardiac monitoring. All of the rooms will be private with the latest in patient monitoring technology.

The additions will bring South Bay Hospital’s total bed count to 138.

Plans have been under way for the past three years.

“Once we knew we were staying here (in Sun City Center), we started the planning process to update and renovate the facility,” said Natalia Diaz, marketing director. “We’re excited about the project because we know what it means to the residents of Sun City Center and to the South Shore community, as a whole.

“The needs of our community have been growing, and we’re happy to be growing with them,” she said.

South Bay’s last major project was in 2002, when HCA built a new, almost $10-million emergency center in 2002. The company also spent $5 million over the past five years in capital improvements and equipment that included a fully remodeled Center for Joint and Spine Care, a new interventional radiology suite and a new MRI suite.

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