Florida Construction News staff writer
The St. Joe Company, Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare this week celebrated the start of construction on a health care campus in Panama City Beach.
The FSU Health-Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Medical Campus is being built on an 87-acre site near the Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community.
Development plans include an 80,000-square-foot medical office building scheduled to be complete in 2024. This building will house TMH Physician Partners – Primary Care, Tallahassee Memorial Urgent Care Center, an ambulatory surgery center, as well as cardiology and orthopedic services.
Also, a 100-bed hospital with an emergency center and other inpatient services, including surgery, cardiology procedures and imaging, is expected to be complete by the end of 2027.
“Today’s construction kickoff comes at a pivotal time for TMH as we celebrate our 75th anniversary this year,” said Mark O’Bryant, president and CEO of TMH. “TMH has identified a substantial need to expand health care services.”
The university also plans to break ground on the FSU Health Tallahassee Center on the TMH campus later this year with the support of a $125 million appropriation from the Florida Legislature.
“We’re looking forward to expanding our presence and continuing to serve the residents here through this health care initiative,” said FSU President Richard McCullough. “Research universities can play an important role in a vibrant health care delivery system, and FSU looks forward to playing that role right here in Bay County.
“This area is experiencing an incredible boom in population and the possibilities — and needs — have never been greater.”