North Florida Regional expansion to add more beds


Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Beginning this weekend, visitors to North Florida Regional Medical Center will notice new construction under way.
A seventh floor is being added to the patient bed tower. The $20 million project is expected to take 13 months. When completed, it will add 47 beds to the hospital.
"Our patients won't notice any real difference during day-to-day operations," said Keith Adamson, director of community relations, on Friday.
Expansion will ease the strain on the hospital's emergency department and surgical units by making more beds available for patient admission.
The new floor will increase the hospital's bed count to 325 and add 17,000 square feet of space.
During construction there will be fewer handicapped parking spaces near the old main entrance, Adamson said. The hospital will provide free valet parking for those drivers throughout the project.
On Monday, the drive-through that runs east and west on the hospital's front side will be fenced off, Adamson said. It will remain closed during construction.
In addition to the new bed floor, project plans include upgraded elevator equipment, a fire alarm control room and upgraded fire sprinklers and alarms throughout the hospital.
Diane Chun can be reached at (352) 374-5041 or chund@gvillesun.com

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