Orange Park Medical Center is adding a patient tower that will house 48 beds, the hospital announced this week.
The 101,435-square-foot, four-story addition above the center’s emergency room will include two floors of private patient rooms and two floors built as shell space for future expansion.
The addition will increase Orange Park Medical Center’s total of licensed beds to 365.
The tower is part of a $126 million project that includes a new electrophysiology lab, dining room and kitchen, medical office building and NICU expansion.
Orange Park Medical Center said the addition will create more than 100 jobs.
CEO Chad Patrick said the expansion is a response to rapid growth in Clay County.
“We have seen a tremendous demand from the community. Last year we treated over 115,000 patients in our emergency rooms,” Patrick said in a news release. “The new patient rooms will help us provide care to more people in our community so they can stay close to home.”
Tower construction is scheduled to begin in the fall with completion expected in spring 2021.
Charles Perry Partners Inc. is the general contractor and TMPartners PLLC is the architect.