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Published on May 08, 2016

St. Vincent's Clay County opens doors to more patients

More services to be added later this year

By Crystal Moyer, News4JAX

With a goal of helping people in need, the St. Vincent's Clay County medical center in Middleburg has opened its doors to its newly expanded hospital. Construction began a year ago and more services are planned for the future.

When the hospital opened in 2013, staff members said the demand was so overwhelming that they had trouble keeping up.

"We had to really get creative where we were treating our patients and sometimes we ran out of rooms and we had extended wait times," said Tina Caraway, Manager of Emergency Services.

Staff members expect the $33.1 million dollar expansion to help meet the needs of the community by nearly doubling the size of the hospital.

ncluded in the expansion:

  • 30 new inpatient beds
  • 13 treatment rooms in the ER
  • An extra floor that can house an additional 30 beds in the future

A new women and infants wing is also expected to open sometime in August 2016.

The hospital's president said offering these services to people living in the rural Middleburg community is a priority.

"You don't want to be the one in the house and all of a sudden your wife is having contractions and now you have to drive 45 - maybe 50 - minutes to receive care," said James Machado, President of St. Vincent's Clay County, "you want that special service closer to home."

In addition to the hospital expansion, 100 new jobs are being created. St. Vincent's is in the process of hiring people in both clinical and non-clinical settings. More information can be found here.

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