Newsweek names Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville as best hospital in Florida

by | Oct 26, 2023

  • Mayo Clinic — Jacksonville was ranked as Florida’s top hospital in Newsweek’s inaugural ‘Best-In-State Hospitals‘ list. 
  • The facility treats more than 120,000 patients on an annual basis and holds a $2 billion economic contribution to Florida. 
  • Tampa General Hospital placed second in the publication’s ranking. 

Newsweek named Mayo Clinic — Jacksonville as the best hospital in Florida on Thursday in its inaugural ‘Best-In-State Hospitals‘ ranking.

Each year, more than 120,000 patients are treated at Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville for medical diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and care across forty specialties. Mayo employs more than 8,400 people in Florida and makes a $2 billion economic contribution to the state, according to hospital statistics. Tampa General Hospital placed second in Newsweek’s rating.

The accolade supplements Mayo’s earlier recognition by U.S. News & World Report as Florida’s top hospital, a distinction it has received for six of the past seven years. Mayo Clinic — Jacksonville also ranked nationally among the top fifty hospitals in seven specialties: Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology and Lung Surgery.

This month, Mayo Clinic received a permit from the city of Jacksonville this week to allow the commencement of a $130.7 million expansion project on its health campus.

The expansion project features the construction of a new five-story patient tower, which will augment the Mayo Clinic’s current facilities by an additional 250,000 square feet. The construction is being overseen by the Orlando-based Robins & Morton Group, which previously obtained a permit for the initial shell construction, according to the Jacksonville Daily Record, incurring a cost of approximately $60.3 million. When considering the entire project, including the build-out phase, the estimated total cost reaches approximately $191 million.

Upon completion, five levels will be added to Mayo Clinic’s eight-story patient tower, increasing capacity to a total of 428 patient beds. Per construction documents, the expansion will yield three floors for patient care units, one designated as a “shelled” story for future expansion, and a floor for mechanical equipment.

The development is part of a broader $432 million investment project at the Jacksonville campus, including improvements to hospital support services and the establishment of an energy plant. The entire initiative is projected to reach completion by the end of 2026.

“The expansion of our hospital will enable Mayo Clinic to offer outstanding, high-quality care to more patients with serious and complex illnesses,” says Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida. “Designed to maximize flexibility, the expansion will facilitate new care models, accelerate digital innovation, and enhance patient experience.”

The permit is granted as Mayo Clinic is experiencing what it refers to as unprecedented growth. Hospital data shows that staffing at Mayo Clinic in Florida has increased by 23 percent in the past three years, now totaling 8,314 members including 1,074 physicians, researchers, residents, and fellows.


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