US-based company HCA Healthcare has announced plans to build three new acute care hospitals in Florida to meet the increasing demand for healthcare services in the state.

The hospitals will be built at three different locations: Gainesville, Fort Myers and The Villages.

Fort Myers hospital will be a 100-bed acute care facility, while Gainesville facility will have 90-bed capacity and The Villages will be a 60-bed hospital.

Construction works on the hospitals are expected to begin next year.

HCA Healthcare CEO Sam Hazen said: “Florida continues to experience rapid population growth, and the addition of these new hospitals will help HCA Florida Healthcare meet the increasing need for acute care services in these areas.

“We are excited to expand our presence in the state and enhance our ability to care for patients.”

At present, HCA Healthcare operates 47 hospitals in the state of Florida, and also has a comprehensive network of care, known as HCA Florida Healthcare that includes over 400 affiliated sites.

Construction of the new healthcare facilities will support HCA Healthcare’s commitment in the state. The company claims to have invested $3bn in the past three years in Florida.

The investment includes $360m for HCA Florida University Hospital, which opened this month.

The new hospitals are expected to complement the existing presence of HCA Florida Healthcare in the three communities.

In September this year, HCA Healthcare signed an agreement with Steward Health Care to acquire the operations of five hospitals in Utah, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal was aimed at bolstering HCA Healthcare’s Mountain Division, which includes 11 hospitals in Utah, Idaho and Alaska.