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BayCare to Expand Three Hospitals in Hillsborough County


St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South to Increase in Size, Number of Medical Specialties.

BayCare Health System is investing $308 million into the Hillsborough County community with the expansion of three of its hospitals: St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview. All three projects have been approved or are in the approval process by city and county planning officials, with construction starting next year and completion expected by the end of 2020.

“At BayCare, we are always evaluating the current and future needs of our community,” said Kimberly Guy, president of St. Joseph’s Hospital and BayCare’s market leader for Hillsborough County. “The greater Tampa Bay area continues to be a popular destination and these expansions will allow us to not only meet its rapid population growth but also better serve the medical needs of our neighbors by increasing our medical specialties and services.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital plans include:

New six-story tower

Two-story lobby with drive-up front entrance, in addition to waiting and on-call rooms

Three patient care floors with 30 private patient rooms per floor

One floor for mechanical support

Connection to the existing main tower at floors 1, 2, 5 and the basement

Connecting bridge to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital across Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Capital cost: ~$126 million

Estimated completion: December 2019

At St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, the project includes:

Two additional patient care floors with 54 private patient rooms per floor

Build-out of four existing shelled operating-room suites

Expansion/relocation of ancillary services to support raised patient volumes

Capital cost: ~$70 million

Estimated completion: August 2019

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South’s two-phase expansion includes:

Phase 1

New five-story building

25-bed emergency department expansion with CT, x-ray and ultrasound in addition to an 18-bed observation unit

Build-out of one existing shelled operating room and one existing shelled catheterization lab

Additional space reserved for future growth

Phase 2

Build-out of two additional medical/surgical floors

Addition of NICU and pediatric services with 10 NICU, 12 pediatric and 12 pediatric progressive care unit patient rooms

36 medical/surgical patient rooms

Expansion, relocation and renovation of ancillary spaces