Since 2005, both St. Joseph’s and South Bay have fought over the rights with the state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to build a new hospital in southern Hillsborough County. There is a new hospital planned for southern Hillsborough County. South Bay is developing a 112-bed, full-service, acute-care hospital to be known as “St. Joseph Hospital-South”. The hospital will include 90 private patient suites plus 22 observation rooms. The emergency center will offer 30 private rooms. The hospital also will have operating suites. Anticipating the growth in south county, the hospital group purchased the 72-acre site located at 6901 Simmons Loop Rd., at the corner of Big Bend Road St. Joseph’s-South will be part of BayCare Health System, which now operates St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, all in Tampa, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz and South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City. The new hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2015 and will be built in two phases. The first phase will consist of 40,000 square foot freestanding outpatient center, which feature physician offices, an outreach laboratory and diagnostic imaging. The second phase will include a 112-bed hospital and a second medical office building that will be connected to the hospital. The entire campus is expected to be completed in early 2015. The economic impact for this project is enormous with new doctors and staff relocating to the area.
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