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Brooks Rehabilitation announced its purchase of 14 acres near the State Road 207-Interstate 95 interchange for a future facility.

According to a release from Brooks, the property was selected based on its strategic location and the significant growth occurring in St. Johns County.

Many health care organizations are expanding into St. Johns County or increasing operations there. The county has seen startling population growth in recent years, going from about 191,000 residents in 2010 to about 264,000 by 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Baptist Health also owns land at that intersection but has not announced its specific plans for the property.

“Brooks has been a recognized leader in physical rehabilitation for more than 50 years. Purchasing this land is an investment in the long-term future expansion of our system of care,” said Doug Baer, president and CEO of Brooks Rehabilitation, in the release. “While we do not have immediate plans for its specific use, we want to position Brooks to meet the rehabilitation needs of this rapidly growing region.”

Brooks currently operates seven outpatient therapy clinics in St. Johns County with more than 40 throughout Florida.


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Architecture and engineering firm Stellar has been selected by Flagler Health+ to design and build a $150 million health and wellness campus in the Durbin Park section of St. Johns County, to be sited between Interstate 95 and State Road 9B.

A recent release from Stellar, based in Jacksonville, said that the firm will be collaborating with Flagler Health+ and University of Florida Health on the project, whose conception entails medical residency programs, a hospital complex as well as educational opportunities for residents and fellows at the campus.  Furthermore, plans for down the road at the facility entail ambulatory medical services.

Architect Gresham Smith will collabrote with Stellar on the five-year, 42-acre buildout project, which is anticipated to break ground sometime this fall and be completed in 2025.

“Stellar is excited to be the design-builder for this innovative new concept in health and wellness,” Richard Lovelace, senior vice president, commercial at Stellar, said in a recent statement.  “After building two Health Villages for Flagler Health+ at Murabella and Nocatee, we are proud to continue our partnership and help bring comprehensive medical care to northern St. Johns County.”


Added Rick Bouchereau, vice president at architectural partner firm Gresham Smith, said in a statement that his firm is “honored to partner with Stellar on this transformative project for Flagler Health+ and this community. Our design for the Durbin Park campus will create a strong sense of place and embody Flagler Health+’s goals for a healthy community.”

Stellar employs nearly 800 professionals in such specialties as architecture, engineering and construction, and the firm specializes in construction management and design-build for projects around the nation.  In addition to healthcare, their portfolio entails construction in the recreation, hospitality, industrial and military sectors.

Healthcare provider Flagler Health+ maintains a healthcare presence specifically in Northeast Florida, inclusive of working with local schoolchidren to educate them about behavioral health.  Flagler Health+ falls under the umbrella of the 130-year-old Flagler Hospital, which is located in St. Augustine.


Source:  HC+O News

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Health care giant Ascension remains committed to building a $115 million hospital in Northern St. Johns County, but it has backed away from a site within the World Commerce Center masterplanned community that it had initially planned on, an Ascension spokesperson said by email.

“Our plans to build a hospital in northern St. Johns County continue as scheduled and we are still assessing multiple location options,” said spokesperson Kyle Sieg.

A representative of Steinemann & Company, which is developing World Commerce Center along I-95, said Ascension had signed a letter of intent to develop its hospital in the masterplanned community, but that agreement has been terminated. The site is still available for hospital use, the representative said.

David Meyer, chief strategy officer of Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast, previously told the Business Journal that St. Johns County’s fast-growing population and low per capita health care capacity made it it ripe for hospital construction.

Myer said the 60-bed St. Johns hospital will be modeled after the hospital Ascension built in Clay County six years ago. That facility opened as a 64-bed facility in 2014, expanded to 106 in 2016, then added another 30 beds in 2018.

Northern St. Johns County has attracted significant interest from health care companies in recent years. Flagler Health+ and UF Health are partnering on a $150 million campus, and Baptist Health has purchased a 35-acre site for its own campus.

However, Covid-19’s temporary prohibition against elective procedures, increased demand for medical supplies and drop in patient visits has hit health care systems revenues hard, causing many to pause construction plans. Ascension, which employs about 5,300 in Jacksonville, saw a net loss of more than $2 billion in the first quarter, but it has been buoyed by a $700 million line of credit, a $300 million bond and $2 billion in stimulus funds.

The company is underway on $800 million in construction across its 20-state footprint. In Jacksonville, it is underway on two emergency departments, finalizing construction of a $55 million Riverside facility and conducting a $23 million renovation of its Southside facility.


Source:  JBJ

Rendina Healthcare Real Estate and Twin Creeks Development Associates are partnering to develop a 60,000-square-foot medical office in Beachwalk, the 1,200-acre master-planned community in St. Johns County.

The office will provide space for a variety of health care providers to serve nearby residents. The Beachwalk community is expected to have 2,800 single-family units and 348 apartment units. The community centers on the 14-acre Crystal Lagoon, the largest man-made lagoon in the country.

“With this project, residents of Beachwalk and surrounding communities will have convenient access to an important new amenity,” Beachwalk Developer John Kinsey said in a statement. “Beachwalk will also offer many options for dining, entertainment, shopping, recreation and commercial office space – offering more than 2 million square feet of non‐residential space.”


Source: JBJ