NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.—
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.