US-based academic health system Tampa General Hospital (TGH), and private real estate development company Kitson & Partners, have formed a partnership to provide healthcare to the residents of Babcock Ranch, the first solar-powered town in the US.

The agreement involves the construction of a TGH Urgent Care Powered by Fast Track at the main entrance of Babcock Ranch, with an expected opening in 2025.

Tampa General Hospital executive vice-president and chief administrative officer Stacey Brandt said: “This agreement represents a partnership between two visionary organisations that are committed to leveraging technology and innovation to better care for our communities.

“Soon, residents of Babcock Ranch will have access to the world-class care we offer at TGH, rooted in technology and innovation just like their state-of-the-art community.”

This 6,500ft2 facility will serve approximately 8,000 residents and the surrounding communities, addressing the growing demand for local access to quality healthcare in the Babcock Ranch.

Accredited by the Urgent Care Association, the urgent care facility will operate seven days a week from 8:00AM to 8:00PM.

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It will offer care for common illnesses and injuries, along with tests, check-ups, X-rays, laboratory tests, and infectious disease screenings for Covid-19 and flu.

In addition, TGH plans to incorporate care navigation services to enhance access to specialists and community resources, engaging with residents through outreach and focus groups to tailor healthcare solutions to their evolving needs.

Tampa General Hospital executive vice-president and chief ambulatory care officer Adam Smith said: “With the new TGH Urgent Care Powered by Fast Track planned in Babcock Ranch, we’re bringing world-class care to Southwest Florida.

“Area residents will have access to care for common illnesses and injuries in a convenient location.

“Should a patient need further care, we can help connect them with the services of our nationally recognised academic health system, with best-in-class providers located across the state.”