Ocala, FL – Construction has started at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital on major projects designed to meet community need for expanded healthcare services. At dual ground-breaking ceremonies held today, Ocala Health leadership announced that patient capacity at both Ocala Regional and West Marion will increase by a combined 46 patient beds. The $45M investment by HCA, Ocala Health’s parent company, represents nearly 75,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to patient care. Anticipated completion date for both projects is fall 2016.
Ocala Health Board of Trustees, employees, physicians and local officials gathered this morning at the emergency entrance of West Marion Community Hospital where CEO Ginger Carroll lead festivities and outlined construction specifics.
“This is the first major expansion at West Marion since it opened in September 2002. A new Cardiac Cath/Special Procedures Lab will provide diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures and interventional radiology services. An additional 24 medical/surgical beds on the second and third floors of the hospital’s east wing will accommodate the increased number of inpatients we are treating. In addition, the existing laboratory will be expanded by approximately 800 sq. ft., doubling its current size,” Carroll said.
A short time later, attendees joined Ocala Health CEO Randy McVay at Ocala Regional to mark the start of construction there. Plans are to build out approximately 56,000 square feet of new space, consolidating all current critical care beds to allow for more specialized care. When completed, there will be 34 intensive care unit beds in the new space for a total of 48 ICU beds hospital-wide. In addition, the post anesthesia care unit and pre-op area as well as pre- and post- cath lab areas will undergo complete renovation and upgrade.
In all, there will be a net increase of 22 licensed beds at Ocala Regional (from 200 to 222 beds) and 24 licensed beds at West Marion (from 70 to 94 beds). When completed, an additional 75 health care workers are expected to be employed to staff the new patient care areas.
“We appreciate the support of local government, emergency medical services, physicians, and employees on a project of this magnitude. We’re working together to meet a real community need and everyone will benefit from that collaboration,” noted McVay. “The financial investment being made by HCA is significant and reflects the potential HCA sees in the work we do each day, in the way we deliver quality patient care to our community.”
Project manager for both campuses is Robins & Morton of Orlando, which is utilizing several local workers and construction service and supply companies. Approximately 175 local workers will be employed throughout the construction process.