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A 354-unit multifamily complex and an adjacent medical building could rise on a 14.5-acre property in Kendall that is now a strawberry farm.

Baptist Hospital of Miami, part of Baptist Health of South Florida, last week submitted an application to Miami-Dade County for the project on the hospital-owned site at 9501 Southwest 137th Avenue. The application shows Baptist would develop the medical facility and The Altman Companies would build the apartments.

Baptist is seeking rezoning and a special exception to allow residential development. The county’s development impact committee will review the proposal, and the Miami-Dade County Zoning Board is to vote on it at an unspecified date.

Boca Raton-based Altman, led by Joel Altman and Seth Wise, is listed as under contract for a portion of the site, but no further details were provided. An Altman spokesperson declined comment.

A site plan shows the medical office would take up a small area on the north end of the property, and six mid-rise apartment buildings would be built on the remainder of the land. The residential development would include a lake, clubhouse and walking trails.

Baptist’s letter of intent lists 14 possibilities for the medical offices, including for endoscopy, oncology and cardiac services. It also could be a medical laboratory, administrative offices or a pharmacy.

The site is a six-mile drive from the main Baptist Hospital campus at 8800 North Kendall Drive and just west of the long-closed Calusa Country Club golf course and Calusa Club Estates residential community. Homebuilder GL Homes and Facundo Bacardi plan to redevelop the 169-acre course with 550 homes. GL Homes last month bought the course from Bacardi for $32 million.

Some Calusa Club Estates homeowners have opposed the golf course redevelopment, saying they purchased their homes with the promise that the course will remain. Homeowner Amanda Prieto, who opposes the golf course project, said the multifamily/office building proposal makes more sense because it would be along a major road. Access to the Altman apartment complex would be only at Southwest 137th Avenue and not at 96th Avenue, which leads to Calusa.


Source:  The Real Deal


Former University Mall Site Tampa

Real estate executive Chris Bowen knows what the former University Mall site in Tampa isn’t going to be when the massive transformation of the property is complete. It won’t be a mall, for sure. It won’t even be a lifestyle center, following a path several developers have taken to reimagine the traditional enclosed shopping center.

What’s unusual, admits Bowen, a veteran commercial real estate developer and executive, is that three years into the project he’s not really sure what it will be when it’s completed.

“The focus being not retail, not lifestyle, this is a shift to an urban innovation community model,” Bowen says. “Our anchors are scientists, engineers and corporate professionals — not department stores. This is almost 180 degrees from a mall.”

New York City-based RD Management, where Bowen is now chief development strategist, bought the ailing 100-acre retail complex in 2014. Including acquisition, rezoning, master planning and demolition, RD has invested some $50 million into the property, with the ultimate goal of creating a hub of innovation-focused tenants, mostly in research, technology and medicine. An additional $65 million is going toward a student housing complex on the site currently under construction.

“This is organic,” Bowen says. “We are not trying to put something together in a very specific purpose like a mall.”

The project, which qualified as a federally designated opportunity zone investment, has made some significant progress over the past six months, leading to what Bowen and other company officials hope will be a strong 2021. Significantly, in July the company announced a name for the project: Rithm At Uptown. The moniker, company officials say, is derived from the word algorithm and is an acronym for research, innovation, technology, humanity and medicine.

Those pillars will be the company’s North Star for tenant and other decisions. At completion, Rithm At Uptown will be one of the largest, mixed-use innovation communities statewide, with capacity for more than 7 million square feet of development, including several thousand residential units, RD officials say. Plans also call for recreational opportunities and entertainment; hospitality; education; medical specialties, clinics and pavilions; and corporate offices and co-working spaces. Architects for the project are New York City-based S9Architecture and Gresham Smith of Tampa.

One early tenant Bowen cites an example of what he wants at Rithm is Diamond View Studios, a video production company with an extended reality screen that can replicate scenes worldwide. Another example is the Institute of Applied Engineering, a nonprofit government contracting entity that works in cybersecurity, data analytics and energy infrastructure. The institute, which recently won several multimillion-dollar contracts, is a direct service organization under the University of South Florida, so it can also use the school’s property, facilities and personnel. Moving into a 4,000-square-foot space down the corridor from the cinema, in an area called Rithm Labs, the institute, Bowen says, is a big get for Rithm At Uptown.

“It’s a leap of faith for them, and it’s a leap of faith for us,” he says.

The former J.C. Penney store represents another significant step for Rithm. That’s where work recently began on a three-story, mixed-use building that will include about 133,000 square feet of office space supported by 30,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The building will be designed with several outdoor terraces on all floors, providing opportunities for various outdoor gatherings. The street-level retail space, primarily food and beverage related, is expected to open by the end of 2021. Space in the office building, including the rooftop club and conference center, is projected to be ready for occupancy in the second quarter of 2022.

For other tenants and parcels, Bowen, in addition to Rithm’s pillars, says he will be guided by being in the middle of the Tampa Uptown District. With frontage on East Fowler Avenue and Club Drive, that means Rithm is near both USF and several prominent medical complexes, including Moffitt Center, Advent Health and Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Bowen talks often about the location as a selling point, in interviews and when speaking to community groups about Rithm.

“The Tampa Uptown District as a whole is in the midst of a renaissance and our Rithm At Uptown development is at the center of it all,” he says.

Bowen says his three years at the helm of Rithm have taught him a valuable business lesson after a career spent mostly putting together health care complexes and projects. In that work, the target tenant for the best return is strictly defined. That’s the opposite of what he’s going after at Rithm, in trying to build something that isn’t a mall. The lesson? Maintain a strong sense of curiosity.

“I don’t know a lot about some of these ideas coming in,” he says. “But I try to use that to my benefit, so I can stay open-minded to new ideas and new directions I’ve never heard of.”


Source:  Business Observer

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Bethesda Heart Hospital’s new advanced hybrid endovascular suite features state-of-the-art technology that will benefit patients with speedier, more precise care when facing complex cardiac and vascular conditions.
Bethesda Heart Hospital, located on the campus of Bethesda Hospital East, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is now the first in Palm Beach County — and one of few in the nation — to feature the highly sophisticated Azurion with FlexArm imaging system by Philips. The suite also includes the first commercial release of Philips Xper3 information management system for physio-monitoring, reporting, inventory and data management.
“Delivering truly outstanding care requires our clinical teams to be at the forefront of the latest developments in medicine,” says Nelson Lazo, CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “Access to quality imaging solutions is key to getting faster diagnosis and treatment, which will enable us to enhance care.”
Azurion with FlexArm represents a significant advancement because it allows unprecedented image quality from a wide variety of angles, using a pivoting C-arm and gantry suspended from the ceiling. The FlexArm rotates on no less than eight axes to create virtually unlimited imaging options from head to toe for both two- and three-dimensional visualizations. That flexibility frees up medical teams to choose the best working position without the need to reposition the patient or adjust the operating table, important safety and time considerations.
The system was designed following three years of research at Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
“With FlexArm, Philips’ engineers have overcome near-impossible geometric and mechanical barriers,” said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of the Institute, where the first FlexArm in North America was installed. “We can get the optimal view of what’s going on inside the patient without encumbering all of the clinicians that are working around the table.”
Image-guided therapy, in which treatment is performed through a small incision and guided by imaging technology, is increasingly replacing open surgery for the treatment of many diseases. Patients experience less trauma and, as a result, their hospital stay can be dramatically reduced. They often return home after one night in the hospital, and may even leave the hospital on the same day.
Correspondingly, the procedures are also becoming more complex, requiring more physicians from different disciplines to be at the patient’s tableside, working together in a highly coordinated way. Clinicians need to be able to quickly and easily visualize critical anatomy and identify changes to the patient during procedures.
The new suite can seamlessly accommodate both minimally invasive procedures and traditional open surgery, allowing clinicians to pivot in their surgical planning when necessary.
The new advanced endovascular suite will be used for more complex procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), mitral valve clip repairs, left atrial appendage occlusion surgeries and thoracic aneurysm repairs. “We have a great staff of medical experts including Dr. George Daniel, interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Geoffrey Lynn, cardiothoracic surgeon, who are very eager to care for patients using this latest technology,” said Jane Kiah, assistant vice president, Bethesda Hospital East. “Our goal is always to provide the highest quality care and have the most successful outcomes possible.”
“It’s a major addition that expands our capacity to serve the needs of this community,” added George Daniel, M.D. “This new room is built to carry us into the future. It is designed with the flexibility to accommodate new equipment and technology as new procedures are developed.”
The new suite was made possible through philanthropic support from the Bethesda Hospital Foundation, which embraced the vision for new technology.
“Our Foundation worked very hard for several years to secure support for this suite, and the community is very excited to see it come to fruition,” added Barbara James, executive director of Bethesda Hospital Foundation.
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AdventHealth on Tuesday broke ground on a new state-of-the-art building that will serve as Florida headquarters for Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.

At 12 stories and 300,000 square feet, the building will be a major addition to the Orlando skyline, located next to Interstate 4 just north of the Princeton Street exit in the Health Village.

“Our community is growing, and we are seeing an increasing need for specialized care,” said Dr. Duane Davis, chief physician executive of the institutes for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “This building will allow us to expand our services, bringing world-class clinicians together in a single, convenient location.”

In addition, the tower will include space for other AdventHealth services including neuroscience, imaging, rehabilitation, and research, offering comprehensive outpatient care, all in one convenient location.

“This project will have a big economic impact, both in construction jobs and in bringing more high-paying medical jobs to downtown Orlando,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The tower is slated to open in late 2022.


Source:  Fox35 Orlando

Jax Spine & Pain Centers

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Jax Spine & Pain Centers broke ground on a $25 million surgery center and medical office building in Jacksonville Feb. 17.

The facility will be three stories and 54,000 square feet, according to a Feb. 15 report from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

University of Florida Health Jacksonville physicians will have access to the facility to perform outpatient surgeries and meet with patients.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. It will include orthopedic, gastroenterology and neurosurgical services.


Source: Becker’s ASC News

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Orlando-based developer Upshot Capital Advisors LLC is seeking master plan approvals for a 177,350-square-foot medical office with a six-story parking garage at 1724 N. Mills Ave., according to city of Orlando documents. Orlando-based Jamison Commercial Partners is marketing the space for the project called Upshot Medical Center at Mills Park.

“The site is close to downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, College Park and Winter Park, and is located between two [major] U.S. hospitals,” Upshot Capital COO Juan Carlos Gomez told Orlando Business Journal. “Upshot Medical Center at Mills Park will allow medical providers in need of Class A medical office space the opportunity to serve their patients in a first-class facility.”

Upshot Capital’s Upshot North Mills LLC in December 2019 bought about 2.6 acres at 1724 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando for $3.8 million, or roughly $1.5 million an acre. The property already has entitlements for 177,350 square feet of hotel or office space.


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oak hill hospital

Every morning Mickey Smith makes the 40-minute commute from his home in Crystal River to Oak Hill Hospital in Hernando County.

But the CEO of Oak Hill Hospital is not alone. About 4,500 Citrus County residents last year chose the facility for their medical care. More than 100 people from Citrus County also work at the accredited hospital.

In a business where most hospital heads stay only a few years before moving on Smith is an anomaly. He has been the hospital head for 18 years, overseeing the hospital’s expansion from 180 beds in 2006 into a medical campus with 350 beds on its 140 acres. The hospital opened in 1984 with 96 beds.

He wants the hospital to be south Citrus County’s medical destination when people need health care or have an emergency.

The hospital, owned by Hospital Corporation of America, is a teaching hospital and enjoys several accreditations, including from The Joint Commission, Commission on Cancer, American College of Radiology, and College of American Pathologists.

It’s Hernando County’s only open-heart surgery hospital, offers orthopedic and spine surgery, pediatric emergency care, labor, delivery, NICU care, and women’s imagining.

What else does Oak Hill Hospital have going for it, according to Smith?

“It’s the same as real estate: location, location, location,” Smith said. “People are fleeing New York. People are fleeing Tampa to come here. With the Suncoast it’s easy.”

Oak Hill Hospital is also close enough to larger hospitals that can provide more specialized care if it’s needed, he said.

“The other thing that’s happened is that technology has leveled the playing field,” he said, allowing small and medium sized hospitals to offer services once only performed at larger, metropolitan facilities.

“And what’s really been transformative for us is the teaching (and residency) program,” Smith said, offering graduating medical students eight accredited programs.

The plan is to try and persuade young doctors to stay in Hernando after they finish their residency programs, helping to shore up a doctor shortage that’s also being seen across Florida and the nation.

To accomplish that the hospital’s training program is putting an emphasis on Florida medical students, said Dr. Jason Grabert, the program’s assistant director.

But to pay the bills, Smith said it all comes down to dollars and cents and Smith admits he is a numbers guy.

Outside the door of his office and in the administrative lobby, Smith has three monitors that track patients in the ER, admissions, and operating rooms.

In 2019, the hospital had more than 19,300 admissions and 65,000 ER visits. The hospital and affiliated buildings on campus has 1,900 employees.

Many of the hospital’s Citrus County patients come to the Oak Hill because of location, Smith said, citing Oak Hill as the closest hospital from Homosassa south.

But it’s also the quality of care, he said.

The hospital has about one half the turnover of its nurses than the national average, Smith said. It was the first in the United States to require all of its eligible emergency room nurses to be board certified.

Setting the ER standard higher costs the hospital more in salaries, but the ER can guarantee its patients a higher level of care, Smith said.

In a health care field where most CEOs stay a few years before moving on, Smith has headed Oak Hill Hospital 18 years. He said he wants to stay on and oversee the many improvements the hospital has undertaken.

The hospital last week had about 93% occupancy. Last year it added about 70 beds to keep up with demand.

The hospital also has its own in-house pharmacy for patients who are leaving the hospital with employees who will bring them their medications to their room. The pharmacy will also fill their prescriptions after they leave and will make free home deliveries.

Smith said that because Oak Hill is a teaching hospital he has to be committed to buying state-of-the-art equipment. He said he also wants to keep the hospital a place where young doctors want to work.

One of those doctors is Dr. Tiffany Simon who graduated from Oak Hill’s residency program.

“I always wanted to be a rural, small town doctor,” she told the Chronicle. “The hospital takes care of us and there’s no place I’d rather be.”

The hospital has the latest technology and matched the services in Atlanta where she trained, “so why not stay,” she said while working in the hospital’s ER.

Dr. Bradley Stellflug said the hospital’s reputation is drawing patients, especially from outside the county.

“Ask anybody. Patients are asking to come here,” he said.

Dr. Hamoui Nabeel is an interventionist in radiology and urology.

“There have been continuous upgrades here,” he said of Oak Hill. “The nursing care is unbelievable. … The ER rivals much larger (hospitals).”

“It’s a privilege to come here and actually practice here,” he said.

Dr. Xavier Jenkins has performed more than 1,000 robotic assisted surgeries. In the 2000s he practiced in Minnesota and Missouri but visited friends and family in Hernando County.

Asked why he chose Oak Hill, he said he wanted to work in a hospital that offered his specialties, but most important his values.

As for Smith, the CEO said his own job won’t be done until Oak Hill becomes “the place to work, bring families, and bring doctors.”

Meanwhile, he expects the number of patients, and employees, from Citrus County to keep growing.


Source:  Citrus County Chronicle

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

The city issued a permit Feb. 8 for an almost $7.4 million build-out for Mayo Clinic in the Mangurian Building at Mayo’s South Jacksonville campus.

“This project is to support the need for more space for our research efforts. The first phase of this project will allow space for our neuroscience research teams while the second phase is not yet defined,” spokesman Kevin Punsky said.

He said construction should be completed by November.

The Robins & Morton Group of Orlando is the contractor for the 38,720-square-foot project on the fifth floor of the building on Mayo’s campus at 4500 San Pablo Road S.

Plans show build-out for laboratory space.

Mayo opened the five-story, 190,000-square-foot medical building for patients needing cancer, neurology and neurosurgical care in August 2018.

Named after benefactors Dorothy J. and Harry T. Mangurian Jr., the building also houses patient-centered research and clinical trials.

Services at the building include cancer and neurology care; a chemotherapy infusion center; clinical studies offices; and laboratory services.


Source:  Jacksonville Daily Record

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The School District of Palm Beach County selected leading workplace wellness provider, CareATC Inc., to launch the district’s first-ever medical clinic now open for school district employees and their dependents who have a district medical plan.

Services at the clinic include full service primary care, free preventative treatment, vaccinations, lab work and more.

“We believe this will make it easier for employees and their families to get the care they need at a lower price,” says Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy. “The clinic is a great asset and another step forward as we continue to support wellness through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The School District of Palm Beach County is the tenth largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the State of Florida serving more than 197,000 students. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the School District has 22,600 employees, including more than 12,900 teachers.

“During these unprecedented times, innovative approaches to care are needed now more than ever,” says Greg Bellomy, CareATC Chief Executive Officer. “While our model of care caters to an array of industries and sectors, we believe that public entities, whose roles are essential for our society, need the unique capabilities that CareATC can bring to their employees and beneficiaries. We are proud and honored to have the School District of Palm Beach Country join our growing network of employer-sponsored primary care clinics in Southeast Florida.”

The clinic is located in Building E at district headquarters located at 3300 Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.


Source: yahoo! finance

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An Orlando developer wants wants to redevelop 6 acres south of downtown Orlando for a mixed-use project.

BluRock Commercial Real Estate LLC is seeking approvals for 82,000 square feet of medical office and 143 residential units east of Drennen Road and South Orange Avenue, according to city of Orlando records. The project, called Southern Oaks, may cost $43.6 million to build, based on industry standards.

The population growth south of downtown Orlando likely is driving demand for medical office use. “It’s pent-up demand,” Watson said.


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