February 01, 2012
Spring Hill, FL – Oak Hill Hospital has begun construction of its $50 million O.R. and Bed Tower expansion. This expansion is the largest healthcare expansion project of its kind in Hernando County history. It is planned as a 22 month project with completion scheduled for the Fall of 2013.
The following are the project’s principal contractors:
- Gould Turner Group, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee is the project’s architect.
- Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee will serve as general contractor.
- Littlejohn Engineering Associates, civil engineers, is the engineering contractor.
- I.C. Thomasson Associates, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers is the electrical contractor of record.
- Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates, Ltd., are the structural engineers.
The Oak Hill Hospital surgery and bed tower expansion project includes the following elements:
- A two-story inpatient bed tower with 36 private rooms
- New construction of eight additional operating room suites (state-of-the-art, integrated operating rooms)
- Renovation of the endoscopy suites
- Replacement/expansion of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) area to 18 beds
- Renovation/expansion of the Central Sterile Department
- Power plant expansion to meet the needs of the growing hospital complex and to improve overall energy efficiency and patient safety
- New parking lot for patients, guests and families
The expansion and renovation will add approximately 70,000 new square feet. Additionally, 30,000 square feet will be renovated.
With this addition the hospital will have 262 acute care beds, clearly making it the largest facility in Hernando and Citrus Counties. Fifty percent of the beds will be private. The additional capacity was needed to meet the growing demand for beds and surgical volumes.
It goes without saying that the expansion will feature the very latest developments in healthcare technology for the operating rooms, endoscopy suites, recovery room, anesthesia and laboratory. Also included in the project is additional non-invasive cardiology and laboratory support. In addition, 18 of the new beds will be Universal beds capable of serving all levels of care needed during a stay.
Recently the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) released its report on the project’s impact. The Council’s report concludes that upon completion the expansion will create an additional 71 permanent employees.
The 71 direct jobs at the hospital are estimated to generate an additional 50 market based jobs for a total of 121 jobs within Hernando County. The combined jobs created will generate an average of $5.4 million of personal income annually and contribute nearly $6.8 million to the Gross County Product each year. The Gross County Product is a concept analogous to the national concept of Gross Domestic Product.
This project will also create the opportunity for 874 full-time equivalent construction jobs for Hernando County, approximately $17 million in additional personal income and $26 million to the gross county product.
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