BayCare Health System plans to relocate Plant City hospital with $326 million expansion

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An artist’s rendering shows how South Florida Baptist Hospital may look on the new location in Plant City. The plan calls for building up to 150 private patient rooms with the ability to add another 30 when needed for future expansion.

BayCare Health System is preparing to relocate its Plant City hospital, with construction of the new $326 million structure scheduled to start next summer.

The project near the I-4 will be located about four miles from the hospital’s 67-year-old current location. The hospital will have 150 private patient rooms and an 85,000 sq. ft. medical building, BayCare said in a statement. There will be space to add an additional 30 rooms. BayCare says it had run out of room to expand at its original location.

Construction will take about 30 months, the statement said. After 12 major renovations and expansion projects at South Florida Baptist Hospital, building a new facility is the most economical choice, hospital president Karen Kerr said in the news release.

“We are committed to providing extraordinary care to our patients and are excited about the opportunity to build a new hospital to extend this mission as we continue to serve our patients in Plant City and the surrounding communities,” she said.

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