Published on March 22, 2013

Clay County Hospital Coming Soon

By: Ashley Mitchem, WJXT - TV4

Starting this fall, Clay County will have a new hospital, St. Vincent's HealthCare which has two hospitals in Jacksonville is expanding into middleburg. The medical center will be built on Blanding Boulevard at the intersection of Brananfield Road.

"This is a brand new way to receive healthcare," said Tracy Williams, Director of Operations for St. Vincent' s Medical Center Clay County. "Not only because its new construction but because we are bringing in best practice and we are bringing in new ideas to the community."

New is right, the hospital is still under construction and will come with features other hospitals don't have.

"More technology in terms of the way you can check in, whether it will be a self-check-in ki osock or go to a person and a fully integrated electronic medical record," said Williams.

The president of St. Vincent's Clay County says a new hospital in this area has been a longtime coming.

"Clay county is the most underbedded county in the state of Florida as far as beds per 1000 and you look at distance in travel time, over 50% of the residents in Clay County leave Clay County for their healthcare."

Claypool says he's expecting people not just in Middleburg or Clay County to use the hospital but other areas as well.

"It's closer for someone from Starke to come here versus come from Gainesville," he said."

Emergency care will be 24-7 and the hospital will also have six operating rooms and 64 rooms for inpatient care, offering a variety of medical services.

Claypool says its not just good news for residents who will have another option for medical care, but the hospital is also a 110 million dollar project bringing jobs to our community.

"When the hospital is finished, we will have over 300 people working in the hospital and over 500 working in the Medical Office Building," said Blaypool.

The hospital will take in its first patients starting in October.

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