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UF Health Breaks Ground On New Northside Facility

Residents on the city's Northside will soon have a new medical facility in their area.

UF Health Jacksonville, formerly known as Shands, broke ground today near the River City Marketplace

CEO Russ Armistead says they’re expanding on the Northside because the population in that area is growing so rapidly.

"If you look at healthcare in Jacksonville, it is substantially all to the South of the river," he said.

"We have 3 or 4 physicians offices and there are some other primary care offices in this area. But there’s no hospital. There’s no emergency room. It just doesn’t exist up here."

The $60 million, 210,000 square foot facility will include an emergency room, surgery center and doctor’s offices. For the time being will not have hospital beds as the state has yet to grant UF Health a required certificate of need. A judge recently ruled in favor of an appeal by Memorial Hospital, agreeing that a new hospital wasn’t needed in Jacksonville.

Last week UF Health filed another application with the state for a certificate of need. The new medical facility is slated to open in January of 2015 and they hope to expand services in the future.

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Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.