University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) announced their entries into a partnership in order to develop and construct a series of new facilities in the Treasure Coast region. The facilities will jointly operate to bring increased coverage to an area in need of expanded healthcare.
Discussions are slated to begin on the development of novel clinical and hospital programs and service lines, as well as programs and services that support the translation of research findings into treatments that improve patient outcomes.
“We are seeking to expand our impact on the health and well-being of the residents of Palm Beach and Martin counties, bringing additional services to match the needs of patients in the area,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “As an academic health center, we have assembled multi- and interdisciplinary teams whose focus is on addressing problems and devising solutions that may not be readily available elsewhere. Jupiter Medical Center already has a stellar track record of high-quality care, and together we will take health care to a new level.”
The relationship could also open up fast access to a large array of clinical trials and could focus attention not only on addressing individual health needs but also on managing population health. Additionally, this alliance presents an exciting opportunity to engage with other community and academic organizations in the region to maximize the impact of this unique academic collaboration,
“We have a shared vision for innovation that encompasses state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge medical technology and the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence/data science to bring the highest-quality care in a compassionate manner to each and every patient,” said Amit Rastogi, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center.
UF Health, as of late, has made a concerted effort to expand across the state, constructing facilities in order to improve its research and service objectives. Gov. Ron DeSantis in April awarded UF Health Jacksonville $80 million in order to replace its current trauma center, which has been criticized as being outdated and overpopulated.
The new trauma center will serve as the only level one trauma in northeast Florida; Presently, the closest level one trauma centers reside in Gainesville and Savannah, Georgia. The new facility will additionally provide upwards of 5,000 new jobs in the Jacksonville area.
“This is a big investment, but I think it’s a warranted investment,” said DeSantis. “This project will provide better access to emergency health services for the Jacksonville community as well as high-quality care. UF’s emergency department draws patients from across the area … and with the new trauma center, we can expect to see 125,000 a year. This level one trauma facility will not only benefit the Jacksonville community, but also the surrounding communities who need access to emergency care.”
While UF Health or JMC have given no timeframe in regards to the Treasure Coast facilities, ground is expected to break by the end of 2022.