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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Riverview to offer 500 permanent jobs

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image The medical facility adjacent to the new St. Joseph’s Hospital being built on Big Bend Road in Riverview is leasing medical office space now with the intention of opening July 1. Photo Penny Fletcher

Both the hospital and the medical facility together cost approximately $235 mil to the BayCare Health System.

By PENNY FLETCHER

The medical office adjacent to the St. Joseph’s Hospital being built on Big Bend Road in Riverview is scheduled to open July 1 of this year and is leasing medical suites now. The hospital has a target opening date of early 2015.

Both the hospital and the medical facility together cost approximately $235 mil to the BayCare Health System, and are part of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services including imaging, laboratory, behavioral health and home health care.

According to BayCare Spokeswoman Lisa Patterson, BayCare operates more than 200 locations in the Tampa Bay area.

“We are preparing for imminent changes in the health care industry as we continue to increase focus around wellness, disease prevention and early detection and we know we will need to increase coordination across a broad geography and diverse services. St. Joseph’s Hospital-South is well positioned to not only serve those with acute health care needs, but also to become a strong partner in building a healthier community,” Patterson said.

Dr. Fred Taylor, who has been in practice in Apollo Beach for more than 25 years, will be BayCare’s primary care physician in the offices that will open this summer.

According to Patterson, patient care will be “team based” and patients will see the same team members each time.

“The team will include health care professionals, trusted friends and family members if patients wish, and coordinated with specialists if needed.”

The first floor of the two-story 40,000-square foot multi-tenant medical building will consist of BayCare Outpatient Imaging and labs, and HealthPoint primary care led by Dr. Taylor.

The second story is leasing offices now starting at 1,677 square feet. Leasing inquiries may be directed to property and leasing manager Sheril Gottuso at (813) 404-8307.

While a few new jobs may be created at the medical complex, located at 10141 Big Bend Road, the main source of hiring will be for the hospital.

Besides the construction jobs that are already being created, more than 500 permanent personnel will need to be hired for the hospital’s opening, Patterson said.

The Riverview Chamber of Commerce and many local organizations have already been contacted by BayCare representatives who say they also plan to become involved with the South Shore Chamber.

Many clerical, nursing and specialty tech jobs will need to be filled, plus janitorial and others that are needed for all facets of hospital care.

Plans show the emergency department will have 30 private exam rooms; there will be a 16-bed intensive care unit; a 14-bed mother-baby unit; and 60 surgical beds for patients with various medical issues. Total beds in the hospital number 112.

There will be operating rooms for general surgery, orthopedics, outpatient pediatrics, and urological surgery, as well as radiology and cardiac cauterization suites and two for endoscopy, Patterson said.

“In addition to the 500 jobs, we expect about 200 physicians to be on staff,” she continued. “We expect our team members and patients will visit local restaurants and retailers. Some will even relocate to the area. And countless people who had no other reason to visit will find themselves driving down Big Bend Road and getting a glimpse of this vibrant community.”

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