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Published on March 05, 2015

St. Vincent's Clay County announces $33.1 million expansion

By Charlie Patton

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County has announced plans for a significant expansion 17 months after it opened as a 64-bed hospital.

The $33.1 million expansion will add maternity and women’s services, 30 inpatient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the emergency department and a shell to add 30 more in-patient beds in the future.

The plan from the beginning had been that St. Vincent’s Clay County would expand, said Blain Claypool, St. Vincent’s Clay County’s president.

The 30-acre campus was designed to eventually accommodate a 250-bed hospital.

“We opened the hospital and the community embraced it,” Claypool said. “We’ve been in design for this expansion for more than seven months.”

He noted Clay County has a growing population and that the First Coast Expressway, formerly known as the First Coast Outer Beltway, will have an exit to the hospital, located on Brannan Field-Chaffee Road just off Blanding Boulevard, about three miles north of Middleburg.

The hospital’s new three-story patient tower, built adjacent to the existing three-story tower, will be named the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion.

The former Jacksonville Jaguars owners have given the lead gift in support of the expansion. The St. Vincent’s Foundation has announced plans to raise $17 million.

The new tower adds 75,000 square feet to the existing 147,500-square-foot hospital. The first floor will add maternity services, the second floor will contain 30 new inpatient beds. The third story will be left unfinished but can accommodate another 30 inpatient beds.

The number of treatment rooms in the emergency department will expand from 16 to 29.

Claypool said the emergency department has averaged more than 100 visits a day.

Construction will begin this spring with the new tower tentatively scheduled to open in late summer 2016.

Claypool said he expects to add about 115 new employees with hiring beginning next spring.

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