Jacksonville Mayo Clinic sets schedule for $100M expansion

Officials at the Jacksonville-based Mayo Clinic Hospital said construction will begin on the first building of a three-building, $100 million expansion project in October, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Gianrico Farrugia, MD, CEO of the Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville campus, said construction on the medical center will take about two years and is projected to be completed by 2018.

Dr. Farrugia said the center will be primarily focused on lung restoration. Plans for additional buildings may be released later this year, according to the article. The project is meant to build up the Mayo Clinic's medical tourism footprint.

The first building will aim to provide specialized care to patients with neurological problems. It will also have a chemotherapy section that will remain private and include an outdoor patio, according to the article.

Another 6,400 square-foot building will house a cyclotron, a machine that speeds up protons to create atoms used in molecular imaging for hard to detect cancers. It will also be one of the first facilities in the southeast to use Carbon-11 Choline, a therapy that involves injecting patients to break down the imaging at a cellular level. Dr. Farrugia said officials hope to start construction on the second building by the end of the year.

The final building will serve as the lung restoration and transplant center. Construction on the third building is set to begin in the first or second quarter of 2017 and scheduled to be completed by 2019, according to the article.

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