BayCare to Expand Three Hospitals in Hillsborough County

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TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 22, 2017 — BayCare Health System is investing $308 million into the Hillsborough County community with the expansion of three of its hospitals: St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz and St. Joseph's Hospital-South in Riverview. All three projects have been approved or are in the approval process by city and county planning officials, with construction beginning next year and completion expected by the end of 2020.

This rendering depicts a view of the new addition to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa as it will be seen looking westbound from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The bridge will connect the main hospital with St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, which is located across the street.

“At BayCare, we are always evaluating the current and future needs of our community,” said Kimberly Guy, president of St. Joseph's Hospital and BayCare's market leader for Hillsborough County. “The greater Tampa Bay area continues to be a popular destination and these expansions will allow us to not only meet its rapid population growth but also better serve the medical needs of our neighbors by increasing our medical specialties and services.”

St. Joseph's Hospital plans include:

  • New six-story tower
    • Two-story lobby with drive-up front entrance, as well as waiting and on-call rooms
    • Three patient care floors with 30 private patient rooms per floor
    • One floor for mechanical support
    • Connection to the existing main tower at floors 1, 2, 5 and the basement
    • Connecting bridge to St. Joseph's Women's Hospital across Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
    • Capital cost: ~$126 million
    • Estimated completion: December 2019

At St. Joseph's Hospital-North, the project includes:

  • Two additional patient care floors with 54 private patient rooms per floor
  • Build-out of four existing shelled operating-room suites
  • Expansion/relocation of ancillary services to support increased patient volumes
  • Capital cost: ~$70 million
  • Estimated completion: August 2019

St. Joseph's Hospital-South's two-phase expansion includes:

  • Phase 1
    • New five-story building
      • 25-bed emergency department expansion with CT, x-ray and ultrasound as well as an 18-bed observation unit
      • Build-out of one existing shelled operating room and one existing shelled catheterization lab
      • Additional space reserved for future growth
  • Phase 2
    • Build-out of two additional medical/surgical floors
      • Addition of NICU and pediatric services with 10 NICU, 12 pediatric and 12 pediatric progressive care unit patient rooms
      • 36 medical/surgical patient rooms
      • Expansion, relocation and renovation of ancillary spaces
  • Capital cost
    • Phase 1: ~$74 million
    • Phase 2: ~$38 million
  • Estimated Completion
    • Phase 1: April 2019
    • Phase 2: December 2020

About BayCare
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and west central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit

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