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Baptist Health opens six-story hospital in Fleming Island

Baptist Medical Center Clay opened a hospital in Fleming Island on Monday, the most recent — and largest— addition to the Baptist Clay Medical campus that originally launched in 2013.

The full-service, six-story hospital at 1771 Baptist Clay Drive is the culmination of two years of construction and a $234 million investment from Baptist Health.

The 300,000-square-foot hospital — housing 102 beds, 20 maternity rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit and specialty care for cancer, surgery and heart conditions — will take over some services previously provided throughout the medical campus.

The fifth and sixth floors of the hospital have been intentionally underdeveloped to make room for future expansions, based on community need for more specialized health services.

The new hospital sits next to Baptist HealthPlace at Fleming Island, which provides primary care. Also nearby is Wolfson Children's Specialty Care and the Baptist Clay Surgery Center for outpatients that opened in 2018.

The medical campus is set to expand again with a cancer care center with radiation and infusion services set to open in February.

Baptist Medical Center Clay is the fourth hospital in Clay County, joining Kindred Hospital-North Florida, Orange Park Medical Center and St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County.

An earlier version of this story misstated how many nonprofit hospitals operate in Clay County.

Reporter Raymon Troncoso joined WJCT News in June of 2021 after concluding his fellowship with Report For America, where he was embedded with Capitol News Illinois covering Illinois state government with a focus on policy and equity. You can reach him at (904) 358-6319 or and follow him on Twitter @RayTroncoso.