New AdventHealth hospital becoming a reality
The new 100-bed hospital represents AdventHealth’s latest investment in Flagler County and the $145 million project – which includes a 30,000-square-foot medical office building, is expected to open in spring 2023.
During a recent hardhat tour of the site, David Gordon, program director of major projects for AdventHealth, talked about the project.
He said the 158,000-square-foot facility and adjacent office building represent the single largest investment in healthcare in Flagler County.
“This is very exciting,” he said. “Our focus is meeting the healthcare needs of the community.”
The Palm Coast Parkway facility will join AdventHealth’s other hospital off of State Road 100, which was built in 2002.
In a media release announcing the groundbreaking for the new hospital in September, Ron Jimenez, CEO of AdventHealth Palm Coast and AdventHealth Palm Coast Parkway, said the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the importance of access to healthcare.
“COVID-19 shed light on the need for every individual to have convenient access to world-class health care,” he said, in the release. “We are pleased to strengthen the health of our community by expanding our state-of-the-art emergency, inpatient and outpatient care in Flagler County.”
The second hospital is the latest example of AdventHealth’s to Palm Coast and Flagler County. The organization donated $50,000 to Flagler Cares, a countywide initiative to bring wellness and social welfare infrastructure to the community. This comes on the heels of the organization’s announcement this past summer of a 5-year partnership with Flagler Schools to provide a mental health fund for students, athletic training for high school students and career coaching and opportunities for high school seniors and graduates.
The new hospital will include an emergency department, five operating suites, endoscopy services, an outpatient laboratory, heart catheterization labs, 20 critical care patient rooms and 80 general medical or surgical care rooms. The new facility and the medical office complex are expected to bring up to 700 new jobs to the area upon completion.
“The community is growing,” Gordon said. “We want to make sure we continue to meet the needs of the community.”