The Gulf Coast Medical Center in the US state of Florida has launched a $29.5m expansion programme to add 62 beds to its existing 176-bed facility.
The project is focused on adding a third floor, a new adult intensive care unit (ICU), a pediatric ICU and a level III neonatal intensive care unit.
Gulf Coast Medical president and CEO Brian Baumgardner was quoted by News Herald as saying, "The first floor will have a 20-bed adult intensive care unit that will be state of the art. The second floor will have the area's only pediatric intensive care unit as well as the area's only level III neonatal intensive care unit."
"We got here to this point by having a common vision with 850 associates that are Gulf Coast Medical Center and a very dedicated medical staff by our side," Baumgardner added.
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the hospital's parent corporation, will fund the expansion programme, and a grand opening is planned for 2014.
The building infrastructure was designed to allow up to five storeys, which indicates the possibilities of future expansion.