Health First, Rockledge, Fla., won approval from a Florida district court to build a 100-bed hospital in Viera, Fla.
Legal challenges delayed construction of the 250,000-square-foot hospital after Floridas Agency for Health Care Administration granted the project a certificate of need in December 2005, said Jackie OConnell, a spokeswoman for the Florida system, which owns Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach; Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne; and Palm Bay (Fla.) Community Hospital.
Construction on the $105 million hospital is expected to begin in the fall and to last 24 months, OConnell said. The campus will also include a 65,000-square-foot fitness center, which is scheduled to open in September, and an 84,000-square-foot medical office building, expected to open in 2009. -- by Melanie Evans