St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., has filed a certificate-of-need request to build an $8 million children's hospital on its downtown campus.
If approved, Tampa Children's Hospital at St. Joseph's would open in 1997 and would be the only freestanding children's hospital in Tampa, a St. Joseph's spokeswoman said.
Plans call for the 50,000-square-foot facility to include a 16-bed pediatric intensive-care unit and 50 medical-surgical rooms.
St. Joseph's has a 64-bed children's unit in its main hospital that is generally 100% occupied, the spokeswoman said. Under the proposal, 649-bed St. Joseph's would transfer 76 beds to the new hospital.
A decision from the state Agency for Health Care Administration is expected later this year.