JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Beginning this summer, Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida will begin construction on $100 million in construction projects to build on its "150-year history of transforming health care and the patient experience," Mayo announced late Tuesday.
What Mayo is calling a "innovative destination medical building" will provide services needed for complex cancer, as well as neurologic and neurosurgical care. Initially rising four stories, the 150,000-square-foot building has the potential for 11 more stories. More than 126,000 patients are expected to visit the first year the building opens.
“Mayo Clinic is proud to be out front leading the way to shape the future of health care,” Mayo Clinic CEO Gianrico Farrugia said. “With our vision to be the destination medical center of the Southeast, we are making significant investments in people, facilities and technology to meet the needs of all of our patients, especially those who come to us for help with complex medical problems.”
Features of the medical building include:
- Two floors devoted exclusively to hematology and oncology care
- A chemotherapy area
- One floor devoted exclusively to neurology and neurosurgery
- Patient care enhancements
- Education enhancements
Another construction project on Mayo’s Florida campus that begins this year is a state-of-the-art positron emission tomography (PET) radiochemistry facility to house a radiochemistry laboratory and a cyclotron.
“Millions of dollars are spent each year in the U.S. on producing cancer therapies that don’t help – often because physicians and medical personnel can’t see where the cancer has spread,” Farrugia said. “The cyclotron and production of this imaging technology are great examples of how Mayo Clinic is leading the way in health care to produce better patient outcomes, reduce cost and advance scientific discovery.”
Over the next five years, Mayo Clinic expects to add about 40 physicians and scientists and 250 allied health employees to support the new destination medical building and PET radiochemistry facility. Mayo currently has 5,351 employees and contributes more than $1.6 billion to the Florida economy.