Another construction project has started at West Marion Community Hospital to meet the community’s growing need for acute care services. Ocala Health Board of Trustees, employees, physicians and local officials gathered today at West Marion Community Hospital where CEO Ginger Carroll lead festivities and outlined details of the project.
Ocala Health leadership announced that patient capacity at West Marion Community Hospital will increase by 44 patient beds. The $40M investment by HCA, Ocala Health’s parent company, represents nearly 42,000 square feet of space. The project will include expansions to three key areas of the hospital: emergency department, operating rooms, and patient rooms.
- The Emergency Department will grow with an additional nine exam rooms, bringing the total number to 31.
- The Surgical Department will expand from four to six operating rooms with space to add two operating rooms in the future; the plan includes additional pre-operative unit bays and post anesthesia care unit bays as well.
- The facility will add a fourth floor with 36 medical/surgical patient beds and eight intensive care unit beds. The total hospital bed count will increase from 94 to 138.
- Parking capacity will increase by 212 spaces with plans to add 178 spaces in the public lot and 34 in the emergency room lot.
“Our 14-year-old hospital has seen expansive growth over the last few years. Along with the 24 licensed beds opened last year, the expansions we embark on today will represent a near doubling of patient beds. Whether we’re adding beds, services, or new facilities like the ER just opened in Summerfield, Ocala Health continues to grow so we can better care for our community,” notes Ginger Carroll, CEO, West Marion Community Hospital. “We look forward to working with our community partners in our continued efforts to serve patients and their families throughout greater Marion County.”
The project is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2017 and is expected to employ between 70 – 80 healthcare workers. The project manager for both campuses is Robins & Morton of Orlando, which is utilizing several local workers and construction service and supply companies.