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Published on May 22, 2016

St. Vincent's Clay County opens expanded emergency department

By Teresa Stepzinski, Clay Sun

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County recently opened its expanded emergency department, which was the first phase of a total $33.1 project at the Middleburg hospital.

Opened on May 3, the approximately $7.5 million emergency department expansion soon will be followed by a maternity and women’s services center.

The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion will include 30 in-patient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the Emergency Department and a shell to add 30 more beds in the future. It means doubling the size of St. Vincent’s Clay County, which opened in 2013 with 64 beds.

St. Vincent’s broke ground for the expansion project May 22. The new facility means more than 100 new positions in a variety of fields, both clinical and non-clinical, officials have said.

The next phase, which are patient rooms, should open in July. The final phase — the Family Birth Place — is expected to open in mid- to late-August, said Kyle Sieg, spokesman for St. Vincent’s HealthCare.

Health care is the leading private-sector industry in Clay County, which has about 200,000 residents. About 8,000 people work in health care in the county, according to Clay Florida Economic Development Corporation,

Clay is home to three major medical facilities: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County, Baptist Clay Medical Campus in Fleming Island and Orange Park Medical Center.

In addition, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, based in Jacksonville, in November opened a state-of-the-art flagship facility in Orange Park, and assisted living facilities are opening throughout the county.

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