US-based Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel has unveiled plans to start construction on a $78m expansion project this year in a bid to increase the number of patient rooms, operating rooms and emergency suites.

Located in Pasco county, Florida, the expansion will include 112,000ft² of new construction and 11,000ft² of renovation.

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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel president Denyse Bales-Chubb said: "The community has overwhelmingly shown us both the need for the hospital and their confidence and appreciation for the high-quality care our staff delivers every day."

"Located in Pasco county, Florida, the expansion will include 112,000ft² of new construction and 11,000ft² of renovation."

The expansion will add three floors to the hospital’s centre wing, in addition to the new three-story section that will link existing south and centre wings.

As a result of expansion, operating rooms will be increased from five to nine and inpatient rooms from 83 to 145, as well as private emergency rooms from 18 to 35.

Adventist Health System operates the 200,000ft² hospital, which opened in 2012, while the group opened a medical office building and wellness centre on adjoining property in 2013.

Robins & Morton will build the expansion project, which previously constructed Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.