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Published on March 06, 2015

New patient tower at St. Vincent's Clay County will add more than 100 local jobs

By Colleen Michele Jones

St. Vincent's Clay County hospital will be doubling in size soon.

The hospital has announced a $33.1 million construction plan that will add maternity and women's services, 30 inpatient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the ER, with the option to add 30 additional beds in the future.

It's the second expansion in about as many years since the Middleburg campus first opened in late 2013. Another $24 million project, to add another 32 to 26 beds, is already underway and slated for completion in fall 2015.

"The Clay County community has embraced St. Vincent's in our first 17 months of operations. We are thrilled to be expanding services to our friends and neighbors," Blain Claypool, president of St. Vincent's Clay County, said in a news release.

Jacksonville philanthropists Wayne and Delores Weaver are the lead donors for the latest capital expansion, and as such St. Vincent's Clay County's new three-story patient tower will be named The J. Wayneand Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion.

Additionally, St. Vincent's hopes to raise another $17 million through donations and other sources to make up the difference in the total budgeted for the project.

Claypool said St. Vincent's would begin hiring in spring 2016 — about another 115 jobs — for the Middleburg facility, with opening tentatively scheduled for late summer of 2016.

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