Florida Hospital Embarking On Tampa’s Largest Surgical Expansion

NEW TAMPA, FL — Florida Hospital Tampa is embarking on the largest expansion in the hospital’s history and the largest surgical expansion in the history of Tampa Bay.

The new six-story, 300,000 square foot surgical tower expansion includes 24 new operating rooms, a new hospital entrance and more than 100 all-private dedicated surgical care beds on the northeast corner of Fletcher Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

As part of the expansion process, Florida Hospital Tampa is launching the Surgical and Patient Care Tower Campaign to raise funds for the project. Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and his wife, Dr. Linda McClintock-Greco, are honorary chairs of the fundraising campaign.

"The leadership and generous spirits of Dick and Linda McClintock-Greco are a tremendous blessing for this campaign and we are grateful for their support," said Brian Adams, president and CEO, Florida Hospital Tampa. "As partners in the community’s health, we are thrilled to be embarking on this state-of-the-art facility designed to provide innovative health care to residents for decades to come."

In 2016, the former mayor had a serious illness and came to Florida Hospital Tampa for surgery performed by one of the hospital’s top medical teams. Because of the expert and compassionate care he received, Greco and his wife say they want to give back and are honored to be part of this campaign.

"Florida Hospital Tampa offers something unique to our community with a focus on leading-edge technology and innovation delivered with faith-based care," said Greco. "This expansion will bring even more advanced health care options to the people of Tampa Bay, and Linda and I want to be part of that growth and opportunity for this community."

Greco has a long history of serving the community in civic programs, on the city council and as a four-term mayor for the city of Tampa.

Florida Hospital Tampa, part of the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a nonprofit health care organization. It serves an 11-county area across Florida and receives more than 2,000 patients each year who are transferred from other local hospitals because they need advanced medical care they cannot get anywhere else in this community. The new surgical and patient tower will focus on complex specialties in areas such as neurosurgery, advanced pancreatic, liver and colorectal surgeries, allowing residents to receive expert care close to home from some of the nation’s best physicians.

Work started earlier this summer on the expansion, which also includes several hundred additional parking spaces and a redesigned landscape. Crews began demolition of a medical building this week and an official groundbreaking is planned for next month.

Images via Florida Hospital

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