University of Florida Health has announced plans to open a new neighbourhood hospital in Ocala, Florida, US.

Construction work at a 28-acre project site at Northwest Blichton Road and Northwest 35th Avenue Road, east of Interstate 75, is currently underway.

The new 150,000ft2 neighbourhood hospital will include a medical imaging centre, four surgical operating rooms, 10 inpatient rooms, 10 emergency department rooms, along with other features.

Slated to complete in 2024, the three-storey facility will also include an outpatient centre for lab draws, physician office space and room for future expansion.

It will also have an anaesthesia pre-operative centre, dubbed as UF Health Rehab Clinic – Ocala.

UF Health president David Nelson said: “Many families in the Ocala area have entrusted UF Health with the care of their family and loved ones.

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“Now, they will have access to quality emergency care, surgical services and an inpatient hospital even closer to home.”

Emergency facilities in the hospital will include one exam room each for triage and trauma along with seven emergency examination rooms, and 12 pre- and post-operative beds.

The hospital’s imaging centre will comprise one magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite, an ultrasound room, two computerized tomography (CT) rooms, and two general x-ray rooms.

Physical therapy, rehabilitation services, the anaesthesia pre-operative centre and physician’s offices will be on the second and third floors of the hospital.

UF Health Shands interim CEO James Kelly said: “Patients can take great comfort knowing they will have convenient access to emergency care and surgical services that are run by a highly respected, nationally ranked medical system.”