US-based University of Florida (UF) Health has broken ground for the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital, a $415m project to provide services for patients with heart, vascular and neurological illnesses.
The UF Health & Vascular Hospital is being developed to focus on patients with heart and vascular needs, while UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital will provide services to patients with neurologic needs.
UF Health Shands interim CEO Ed Jimenez said: "Thanks to the excellent work and dedication of our teams over the past decade, UF Health Shands has become a destination centre for patients needing complex heart, vascular and neurological services.
"Now, these teams of doctors, nurses and other staff will have a building with more than 500,000 additional square feet to meet the growing needs of our patients."
Housed in one contiguous building, the project will help to consolidate cardiac and neurologic experts in one location, which will allow in providing shorter procedure times and a variety of treatment options for patients.
The UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital will be located on the south wing of the building and include 120 beds, while UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital will occupy the north wing of the building and comprise 96 beds.
The hospitals will have a combined 216 rooms, with a total area of around 521,104ft². Both hospitals will include radiology, presurgery, laboratory and other support services in the first floor, while in-patient rooms on the upper floors of the hospitals.
In addition, the hospitals will feature multiple hybrid operating rooms that can adapt rapidly changing medical technology.
Skanska USA has been selected by the hospital to construct the project, while Affiliated Engineers is providing engineering services and Flad & Associates are the architects designing the building.
The hospital is expected to begin operations in 2018.
Image: University of Florida Health has broken ground for two new hospitals. Photo: courtesy of University of Florida Health.