2022 Health care in NE Florida summed up in one word: expansion … – The Business Journals

The year 2022 unveiled riveting changes in Northeast Florida’s expansive healthcare hub, but the most voluminous news is acquisition, expansion and growth.
The UF Health Jacksonville Leon L. Haley, Jr. M.D. Trauma Center will be built on the medical center’s Eighth Street campus off Interstate 95 north of downtown. The hospital said in a statemen it will be a “catalyst for downtown renewal and will benefit the community for decades to come.”
A proposed state budget contains $80 million to build the new trauma center for UF Health Jacksonville named in honor of Leon Haley Jr., who was CEO at the hospital until his death last summer in a watercraft accident.
Russ Armistead came out of retirement to return as CEO of UF Health Jacksonville.
“At almost 40 years old, this city-owned facility needs critical updates to keep pace with new technology and contemporary medicine,” UF Health said in the statement.
Flagler Health+ announced that it was ready to start a process to join another health care system.
The population of St. Johns County, where Flagler has been the dominant player but is facing increased competition, has ballooned. The county had about 125,000 residents in 2000 and now has about 300,000 — U.S. Census data estimated the population at 292,000 in 2021.
Both Flagler Health+ CEO Carlton DeVooght and Board of Trustees Chairman Todd Neville told the Business Journal that joining a large, well-run and “like-minded” health care system could help meet ever increasing demand.
Baptist Health President and CEO Michael Mayo recently told the Business Journal that his organization has submitted a proposal to Flagler, although he couldn’t talk about the details of it.
Mayo Clinic in Florida received approval by the city council on April 26 to occupy a 3,072-square-foot ground floor suite in the city’s Ed Ball Building located at 214 N. Hogan St.. 
A five-year lease was approved by Jacksonville City Council for “general office use, administrative and clinical research purposes.”
The hospital announced in June plans to invest $432 million to add five floors atop its existing eight-floor structure. The13-floor hospital will have 1.4 million square feet of space and add 121 inpatient beds including 56 ICU beds that will occupy three of the new floors. 
One floor is reserved for future expansion and the fifth will serve as the tower’s mechanical floor.
On Nov. 22, the city of Jacksonville issued a construction permit for a three-story, 233,000-square-foot Mayo Clinic integrated oncology building that will include a proton beam and treatment rooms for carbon ion therapy. 
The Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (MCASOM) celebrated the graduation commencement of its first cohort of 12 students in 2022. 
Jacksonville University is partnering with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the nation’s largest osteopathic academic health system, to establish the city’s first four-year medical school.
LECOM at Jacksonville University will be housed in a newly built extension of Jacksonville University’s 104,000-square-foot, $30 million Applied Health Sciences complex located at the north end of the Arlington campus.
Initial plans for LECOM at Jacksonville University are to enroll 75 students in fall 2026, with the class size growing to 150 students per year by 2030. 
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