Baptist Health South Florida, Coral Gables, said it plans to build a $100 million, 120-bed hospital to replace its existing Homestead (Fla.) Hospital, citing a projected 7% population growth in the Miami-Dade County area from 2001 to 2006. The project won certificate-of-need approval last week from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The 300,000-square-foot replacement hospital, scheduled for completion in 2005, will feature private rooms, three times more emergency room space, additional operating rooms and more clinical space for outpatient diagnostic services. Hospital staffing is projected to increase 25% to more than 700 employees. According to officials, the number of patients seeking emergency care at the hospital increased 18% to 33,000 annually from 1996 to 2001. -- by Patrick Reilly
Replacement planned for Homestead, Fla., hospital
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