Hospital expansion plans announced

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Ocala Health leadership released details Jan. 7 on a multi-faceted expansion project at West Marion Community Hospital, which will add nearly 42,000 square feet to the 13-year-old facility, meeting a continually growing need for acute care services for residents west of I-75. This expansion, along with the additional 24 patient rooms opened in April 2015, will nearly double the facility’s bed count in approximately two years.

The project will include expansions to three key areas of the hospital: emergency department, operating rooms, and patient rooms.

The Emergency Department will grow with an additional nine exam rooms, bringing the total number to 31.

The Surgical Department will expand from four to six operating rooms with space to add two operating rooms in the future; the plan includes additional pre-operative unit bays and post anesthesia care unit bays as well.

The facility will add a fourth floor with 36 medical/surgical patient beds and eight intensive care unit beds. The total hospital bed count will increase from 94 to 138.

Parking capacity will increase by 212 spaces with plans to add 178 spaces in the public lot and 34 in the emergency room lot.

“These plans are extensive and fulfill a true need for our community. I am proud of the quality patient care we provide and projects like this enable us to help a greater number of patients,” notes Ginger Carroll, CEO, West Marion Community Hospital. “We look forward to working with our community partners in our continued efforts to serve patients and their families throughout greater Marion County.”

Ocala Health (OH) encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 222-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, located in west Marion County. OH has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer program in Marion County and the only Level II Trauma Center in Marion, Citrus and Hernando Counties. The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including bariatric surgery, orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services. Ocala Health’s outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of seven locations throughout Marion County; specialty surgical practices; Advanced Imaging Centers with two locations; a freestanding Wound and Hyperbaric Center; and a Senior Wellness Community Center. The Ocala Health website is www.ocalahealthsystem.com.