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Ad­min­is­tra­tors at Mor­ton Plant North Bay Hospi­tal have ex­panded their bed count by 25% through a $49 mil­lion construction project that added a new hospi­tal tower and a med­i­cal arts build­ing on the same cam­pus. The two-year project dou­bled the size of the hospi­tal cam­pus, which is about 25 miles north of Tampa and owned by four-hospi­tal Mor­ton Plant Mease Health Care, Clear­wa­ter, Fla. The new, four-story Starkey Med­i­cal Tower brings the New Port Richey hospi­tal’s to­tal bed count to 154 from 122 beds and adds a new in­ten­sive-care unit, a car­diac unit, and other de­part­ments in a 56,000-square-foot ex­pan­sion on the ex­ist­ing hospi­tal. A sys­tem spokes­woman said the for­mer ICU will be con­verted into space for a phar­macy and lab­o­ra­tory. The ex­pan­sion project also in­cluded construction of the 45,000-square-foot Med­i­cal Arts Build­ing, which will in­clude offices for both em­ployed physi­cians and in­de­pen­dent prac­tice doc­tors. An in­de­pen­dent car­di­ol­ogy prac­tice is al­ready set up in the space, and hospi­tal of­fi­cials may house in it a divi­sion of em­ployed pri­mary-care physi­cians, among other prac­tices. Later in 2010, the Mor­ton Plant North Bay cam­pus will see the ren­o­va­tions of Mitchell Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hospi­tal, the ad­di­tion of four new emer­gency depart­ment beds, a fit­ness trail, and a new physi­cians’ lounge, a news release said.

Mor­ton Plant North Bay’s ex­pan­sion in­cludes the new Med­i­cal Arts Build­ing.

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