Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Mayo Clinic plans five-story addition in $432 million expansion

Mayo Clinic.jpg
Jacksonville Daily Record
Mayo Clinic announced it will add five floors to its eight-story hospital tower.

Expanding its presence in Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic plans to add five floors to the top of its existing tower to meet increasing demand for complex care.

The $432 million expansion, announced Tuesday, will add 121 beds, including 56 in intensive care. When new construction is finished in 2026, the hospital will include 428 beds on 13 floors.

“The expansion of our hospital will enable Mayo Clinic to offer outstanding, high-quality care to more patients with serious and complex illnesses,” Dr. Kent Thielen, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, said in a news release. "Designed to maximize flexibility, the expansion will facilitate new care models, accelerate digital innovation and enhance patient experience."

The expansion is only the latest since Mayo Clinic opened in Jacksonville in April 2008 with 214 beds. Staffing has increased 23% in the past three years, growing to 8,314 staff members, including 1,074 physicians, researchers, residents and fellows, the hospital says.

Mayo says it has spent more than $1 billion on major construction projects since 2016, including a five-floor, 125,000-square-foot addition at Mayo North. Award-winning chefs Matthew and David Medure opened their latest restaurant in the atrium on Jan. 24.

The medical center also plans to break ground this year on a new integrated oncology facility, and a 12,000-square-foot expansion of the Emergency Department is underway.

Construction of an eight-story, 252-room Hilton hotel is scheduled to begin in summer, with completion by early 2024.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at rroguski@wjct.org or on Twitter, @rroguski.