Baptist Health Care begins Construction of new healthcare campus

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Baptist Health Care has commenced the construction of a new $615 million healthcare campus. The Pensacola-based hospital will sit on a 57-acre piece of land and will have a new flagship hospital and a multispecialty center.  The 602,000-square-foot facility will be 10 floors high and will have 264 beds.

The hospital will be built with a 178,000 square-foot multispecialty center which will occupy six floors and will have 162 beds. Services that will be offered at the center include outpatient imaging, women’s health, infusion, and oncology.

In a statement, Baptist Health Care President and CEO Mark Faulkner said the new health campus will serve both the current and future generations. He added that Baptist Health Care has come a long way and has evolved to become a beacon of modern healthcare in the region.

The new health campus is expected to create thousands of jobs

Faulkner says the construction of the multi-million dollar project will add more than 4,000 construction jobs to the local economy. In addition, the project is expected to create an additional 1,600 non-construction jobs. The construction of the new healthcare campus is expected to be completed in 2023.

The CEO said they will hire local talents as a way of supporting the local economy. “We want to support the community, especially now,” Faulkner said. “We know many economic sectors have been impacted by this pandemic and this is an opportunity to inject dollars into the local economy and lift each other out of this.”

He added that 80% of contractors hired to work on the project are from the local community and the company has also committed to hiring women, veteran, and minority-owned companies.

The new hospital will feature state-of-the-art features

The new healthcare campus will be built with the latest medical technology,  a Level II trauma center, and special amenities like a coffee shop, a chapel and healing garden, and a town square with walking paths.