UF Health Jacksonville could get $120M for capital improvements

UF Health Jacksonville in Florida has proposed using $120 million in taxpayer money over the next six years to make improvements to its city-owned facilities, reports WJCT-FM.

The proposal, part of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's annual budget, would provide UF Health Jacksonville with $15 million in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The proposal allocates $20 million in years two, three, four and five, and $25 million in year six.

UF Health Jacksonville CEO Leon Haley said the funds would help the hospital upgrade its fire system, generators, air conditioning and roofs, according to the report. Money would also go toward renovations of operating rooms and other facilities.

UF Health Jacksonville is a 695-bed academic health center serving many uninsured patients. As a safety-net hospital, it faces various reimbursement challenges and proposes the $120 million to help it complete capital projects sooner.

The Jacksonville City Council must sign off on the budget beginning in October and separately approve amounts for subsequent years.

 

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