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Thursday, January 12, 2023

UF Health to open neighborhood hospital in northwest Ocala

Construction is underway for University of Florida Health’s new neighborhood hospital in Ocala, which will be located at NW Blichton Road and NW 35th Avenue Road, just east of Interstate 75.

According to UF Health, the 150,000-square-foot hospital will include 10 emergency department rooms, 10 inpatient rooms, a medical imaging center, and four surgical operating rooms, among other features.

UF Health to open new hospital in northwest Ocala
UF Health’s new three-story neighborhood hospital will open in northwest Ocala

The three-story medical facility will provide an outpatient center for lab draws, an anesthesia pre-operative center, physician office space, and room to accommodate future expansion.

UF Health stated that the upcoming hospital’s emergency facilities will include seven emergency examination rooms, along with one exam room each for triage and trauma. In addition to the operating rooms, the surgery center will feature a dozen pre-operative and post-operative beds.

Inside the imaging center, there will be two general x-ray rooms, two computerized tomography (CT) rooms, an ultrasound room, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite.

“Many families in the Ocala area have entrusted UF Health with the care of their family and loved ones,” stated David R. Nelson, M.D., UF Health president. “Now, they will have access to quality emergency care, surgical services, and an inpatient hospital even closer to home.”

Construction of the neighborhood hospital is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.

For more information, visit the University of Florida Health’s website.