BayCare Reveals Plans for New Hospital in Manatee County

April 03, 2024
A rendering of a hospital which shows the exterior of the hospital and emergency department.
To serve the rapidly growing community, BayCare is bringing a full array of services to Manatee County, including BayCare Hospital Manatee which is scheduled to break ground in October 2024.

 

BayCare Health System announced construction plans today for its newest hospital, a comprehensive acute care facility to serve the rapidly growing community of Manatee County. BayCare Hospital Manatee will be the county’s first not-for-profit hospital and the only hospital north of the Manatee River.   

BayCare anticipates opening the hospital, its 17th in West Central Florida, in 2027 with 154 beds in private patient rooms. Additionally, the $548 million project will include a 45,000-square foot medical arts building. The new hospital will be built on the Robinson Gateway Property on Moccasin Wallow Road, conveniently located one mile north of the I-75 and I-275 intersection in Manatee County. Construction is expected to begin in October 2024.  

The hospital’s construction plans underscore BayCare’s commitment to growing with the community and caring for families in the region, from delivering babies and offering neonatal services to providing emergency care and specialty surgery.  

BayCare Hospital Manatee, designed by architectural firm Gresham Smith, will offer services including general, orthopedic and specialty surgery, urology, gastroenterology, cardiology, diagnostic and interventional imaging, emergency care, obstetrics, and neonatology. The hospital’s design anticipates expanding to 207 beds when needed, with additional capacity possible as the community grows. 

“At BayCare, our mission is to serve the community’s health and we are so excited to be deepening our commitment to the residents of Manatee County,” said Stephanie Conners, president and CEO of BayCare, the leading health care provider with its primary footprint in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. “As West Central Florida continues to grow and thrive, we are committed to investing in our communities to bringing high-quality and compassionate care closer to our communities.”

A rendering of a hospital which shows the exterior of the building.
BayCare Hospital Manatee will be the county’s first not-for-profit hospital and the only one located north of the Manatee River.

 

BayCare, recognizing the increasing demand for health care services in north Manatee County, announced its intentions in 2022 and began working with officials to address zoning and site preparation needs. Since then, it has opened a BayCare Medical Group physicians’ office in Palmetto, situated a mile from the future hospital location. BayCare also offers home health services and telehealth services in the area and anticipates additional ambulatory services with the medical arts building construction such as outpatient imaging including MRI, CT, mammography, ultrasound, Dexa scan and other diagnostic services. An outpatient laboratory will also be onsite.  

"As Manatee County experiences rapid growth, it's imperative to prioritize smart, sustainable development strategies to ensure the well-being of this community,” said BayCare Co-Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Guy, who is overseeing the project. “At BayCare, we recognize the importance of smart growth initiatives that not only accommodate the increasing population but also promote access to high-quality healthcare services.”  

As a not-for-profit organization, BayCare reinvests in people, programs, and facilities to uphold its mission to improve the health of the community. In 2023 alone, BayCare devoted over 10% of its revenue, totaling $557 million, to community benefit initiatives, ensuring access to care for all individuals regardless of their ability to pay.  

With a legacy of providing clinical excellence, BayCare operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of locations throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties. The largest provider of behavioral health and pediatric services in West Central Florida, BayCare also is nationally recognized for its commitment to high-quality care and its status as one of the best places to work.  

“Our goal is for BayCare to be the best place to work, receive and provide care,” Conners added. “The feedback we receive from our patients, visitors, physicians and team members shows that we’re on track. We’re very excited to expand the BayCare effect in Manatee County.”

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