TAMPA, FL — AdventHealth Tampa, the flagship 536-bed and tertiary hospital in Tampa Bay, placed the final beam atop the hospital’s new six-story, 300,000-square-foot patient and surgical tower Friday at the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
The topping off celebrates the structural completion of the $256-million project. Construction on the Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery at AdventHealth Tampa remained on schedule throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.
When finished, the facility will be home to state-of-the-art complex surgical care and a beacon of medical innovation that will attract the world’s best surgeons situated in the heart of Tampa’s Uptown District, according to Mike Schultz, president and CEO of AdventHealth West Florida Division.
“This will transform health care in Tampa Bay and provide a place for medical breakthroughs and pioneering surgeries that enable our community to access high-end and complex medical-surgical care right in our own backyard,” said Schultz. “Our commitment to this expansion is about more than a new building, we are delivering on a promise to provide the best medical services that help our communities thrive.”
The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery honors the Taneja family, who provided a financial gift to the expansion project, the largest donation that has ever been given to the AdventHealth West Florida Foundation.
“We know when a loved one is sick, you only want the best; the best doctors, the best medicine, the best care. After a long international search for our son’s care, we found everything we were looking for at AdventHealth Tampa and we want to help others experience that kind of care and expertise close to home. We are confident the doctors and leaders here will bring world-class care for everyone in Tampa Bay,” said Manju Taneja.
AdventHealth Tampa currently treats more than 17,000 patients a year who need advanced medical and surgical care. The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery will be well-poised to support this specialized medical care with 24 new operating rooms, a new hospital entrance and more than 100 all-private, dedicated post-surgical patient rooms.
“We are so fortunate to have an amazing team of expertly skilled and top-trained surgeons who are the most highly sought after in the medically complex areas such as neurology, cardiology and digestive specialties. We are excited to build on that level of expertise by adding more complex surgical specialties in a new tower that can be a place of greater hope and healing for our patients,” said Denyse Bales-Chubb, president and CEO of AdventHealth Tampa. “The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery at AdventHealth Tampa will be a destination for people who need highly specialized surgical care provided by the very best surgeons and experts in their field.”
The new surgical and patient tower is expected to open in 2021 and will bring an estimated 117 new clinical jobs in the first year alone, and 587 new jobs by the fifth year, with job and economic opportunities at all levels of experience and education.
The project is well underway. In addition to the topping off ceremony, a few of the completed project milestones include an expanded parking deck with 300 new parking spaces, and a redesigned landscape.
This expansion is the largest of several construction projects in the AdventHealth West Florida Division. Expansion projects are underway at AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Ocala, AdventHealth Sebring and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.
This article originally appeared on the Tampa Patch