Ocala Health December 04, 2017

Ocala, Fl — Ocala Health completed another phase of its $40 M expansion project at West Marion Community Hospital with the opening of four new operating rooms (bringing the total to eight) and nine new emergency rooms (bringing the total to 31). The facility continues to work on the addition of 44 patient rooms which will represent a near doubling of capacity in the past three years (bringing the total bed count to 138). West Marion Community Hospital is also constructing a fifth floor shell to allow for quicker expansion in the future.

The expansion of the surgical department also includes a robotic surgical system. With the additional capacity and state-of-the-art equipment, the hospital's team can perform more surgeries with expanded capabilities. Dr. Angel Caban, general surgeon, successfully completed the first robotic surgery at West Marion Community Hospital on Tuesday, November 28. Both Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital now have robotic surgical capabilities and are able to provide a surgical experience with less pain, smaller incisions, less time in the hospital and quicker return to regular activities.

"West Marion Community Hospital and Ocala Health are dedicated to growing to meet the needs of our community and working with patient-centered specialists to provide superior quality care. We're excited about the advanced surgical capabilities and additional emergency rooms at West Marion Community Hospital." says Ginger Carroll, West Marion Community Hospital CEO.

Ocala Regional Medical Center has begun an expansion representing 35,000 square feet of new space and the renovation of 50,000 square feet of existing space. The facility will add 34 more patient beds. The emergency department will be renovated and expanded with 12 more emergency room beds (bringing the total to 32). The emergency department will also get a new public entrance. The surgical department will add two more operating rooms for total of 13. A bi-plane is also being added to bring new interventional capabilities to its patients.