Tampa General Hospital in the US has unveiled its $550m expansion and upgrade plan to meet the healthcare requirements of the Tampa Bay region.

The master facility plan launched in June this year with the opening of Tampa General’s new $17.5m intensive care unit (ICU) project that includes 34 ICU rooms.

The ICU unit also features new patient rooms of the future, equipped with advanced care technologies.

At Tampa General’s Bayshore Pavilion, the investment will be used to build 12 new operating rooms and 100 new beds.

The expansion plan will also cover the regional Burn Center renovation and expansion, which is currently underway and is expected to be completed by May next year.

Renovations will be carried out to the main operating suite at the hospital, and at the TGH Brandon Healthplex Oncology Institute, a new clinic space will be added to facilitate multidisciplinary integrated oncology services.

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Additionally, the investment will be used for the purchase of Hillsborough Community College Davis Islands building.

Tampa General Hospital will also invest in the freestanding emergency department located one mile from the hospital’s main campus on Kennedy Boulevard and North Willow Avenue.

It will also use the investment for new corporate parking garage, off-site sterile processing facility, and central energy plant expansion.

The construction works of these projects will run from now through 2026.

The project is expected to create an economic impact of over $967m for the Tampa Bay region, while creating more than 5,952 jobs.

Tampa General Hospital president and CEO John Couris said: “Our vision at Tampa General is to become the safest and most innovative academic health system in America.

“It is critical that we continue to bring the most advanced technology and cutting-edge care to our patients in Florida and beyond.

“This is the largest master facility plan expansion in our hospital’s history, and it is an investment in our patients, in our academic health system, and in our community. It’s a key part of our efforts to improve the lives and health of Floridians.”