St. Vincent’s Clay County Announces Construction Update | Business
St. Vincent’s HealthCare has completed the site planning process and is submitting road plans to Clay County to begin the permitting process for its new hospital in Clay County, to be called St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County. Our plans include the widening of Brannan Field Road in front of the property to accommodate extra turn lanes for traffic flow. The goal is to improve access to the hospital and adjacent medical office building. Our next step is to submit plans for a site work permit, followed by the final building plans to both Clay County and the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Tallahassee in May.
“Everything is moving right on schedule,” said Barry Darnell, System Director of Major Construction for St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “We are anxious to serve the people of Clay County and we are continuing to work closely with the agencies that need to provide approvals and permits.”
St. Vincent’s HealthCare has already spent $10 million dollars acquiring land, completing the master site plan and litigating the certificate of need for the new hospital. The $80 million dollar construction project illustrates our commitment to expanding our ministry and Mission into Clay County.
“This new year brings exciting changes for St. Vincent’s HealthCare,” said David Meyer, System Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing for St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “In May, we expect to submit final construction documents for building permits. Once those documents are approved, our developer will begin hiring 80-100 construction workers who will then begin construction of the facility.”
We have directed our developer to make every effort to give local contractors and subcontractors the opportunity to bid on the work. Right now, we are working with a local Clay County logging firm to harvest and recycle trees at the site.
In January, we officially named the new hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County. At the same time, we also made the decision to change the name of St. Luke’s Hospital to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside. Our hospital in Riverside is now called St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. We feel the St. Vincent’s name links our hospital network with a common brand identity under the St. Vincent’s HealthCare name and Mission.
In our first year as a hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County will hire about 300 clinical associates in addition to the many ancillary positions surrounding the hospital such as in physician offices. We will update the careers section of our website with employment opportunities as they become available.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County will officially open its doors October 1, 2013.