UF Health North begins work on new inpatient facility


Rendering of 92-bed hospital tower (L) alongside existing UF Health North medical office building (R).

Rendering of 92-bed hospital tower (L) alongside existing UF Health North medical office building (R).

The second phase of UF Health North kicked off Nov. 16 with a groundbreaking for a 92-bed inpatient hospital on Max Leggett Parkway. The new building will be built adjacent to the current medical office building that opened in February.

UF Health North already includes a full-service 24/7 emergency room, outpatient surgery suites, imaging and other diagnostic services, a dedicated birth center, four floors of physicians’ offices and much more. The community’s response to the medical office complex has far exceeded expectations and UF Health officials are confident the new inpatient hospital will, too.

“UF Health North has already given the residents of North Jacksonville and the surrounding communities something they didn’t have before — a wonderful health care facility closer to their homes,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and president of UF Health. “This addition means they will soon have a new inpatient hospital at their doorstep. We are proud to serve the health care needs of this region.”

The new inpatient tower will connect to the medical office building via several walkways. Operating rooms and other services are already in place, providing a smooth transition for the full-service hospital.

“We have been very pleased at the excitement and warm reception from the community since we opened in February,” said Russ Armistead, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville. “People tell us they love the beautiful facility and, more importantly, the level of care and hospitality they receive. We believe they will feel the same way about our new hospital.”

The new five-story building will include all-private rooms. The second floor will be dedicated to labor and delivery and women’s services, with a total of 20 beds. A 24-bed intensive care unit will be located on the third floor, while the fourth and fifth floors will each hold 24 medical and surgical suites. Construction of the new hospital is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

“When the UF Health North outpatient medical complex opened, it gave our physicians the opportunity to bring their expertise to families in another part of North Florida. The feedback has been tremendous,” said Daniel R. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., UF vice president for health affairs and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. “The new inpatient hospital will allow us to expand the services we provide and, as the only medical school in Northeast Florida, give us a spectacular facility at which to care for patients and train the physicians of tomorrow.”

UF Health North is also having a positive effect on the local economy. Construction and new positions within the medical office building have added hundreds of jobs to the region. The inpatient hospital is expected to create another 375 positions.

UF Health North is located on 70 acres on Max Leggett Parkway close to the Jacksonville International Airport, River City Marketplace and the growing commercial area on and around Duval Road. It is approximately 15 minutes from Nassau County and less than 30 minutes from Georgia.