JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has given preliminary approval for a new 92-bed hospital on the Northside. The proposal has faced opposition from Memorial Hospital, whose leaders said the new hospital is not needed.
"It's a blend of it's good for the community and by the way it makes sense for us," said Russ Armistead, CEO for UF Health Jacksonville. "And frankly, it's a fairly small footprint, so the financial effect on any other health system in Jacksonville is minuscule."
Armistead said the hospital would fill a health care gap in northern Duval County and southern Nassau County. But Memorial Hospital filed an objection to the proposal, saying UF Health's projections of growth and patient load aren't enough to justify the new hospital. It has the option of filing another objection within 30 days.
"Having just learned of the decision, we will once again evaluate the basis on which it was approved and conduct our own analysis and then determine our next course of action," said Adam Landau, senior marketing and communications specialist for Memorial Hospital.
If no objections are filed, the new hospital could be approved early next year. An urgent-care center will be built regardless of the state's final determination.