JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state has denied UF & Shands Jacksonville's request to build a new 100-bed hospital.
The facility would have been built in North Jacksonville, but Memorial Hospital appealed the move.
Action News received this statement tonight from Shands' spokesman Dan Leveton:
“We are disappointed in the decision turning down Shands Jacksonville's request to build a new inpatient hospital in North Jacksonville. In doing so, the Agency accepted the recommendation of an administrative law judge made in December 2012 after an appeal by Memorial Hospital. AHCA did agree with us on some aspects of the case, and had originally approved our application in December 2011. Today we are considering all of our options as we move forward. In the meantime, we are moving ahead with our plan to build a new medical office complex on the same site, which will include ambulatory services and a medical office building for University of Florida faculty and community physicians. The complex will include primary and specialty care, diagnostic services, urgent care and outpatient surgery and construction will begin in the near future. Our goal as always is to provide the most comprehensive, caring service possible for our patients and their families throughout northeast Florida."