April 05, 2016
Broward County, FL – A Florida administrative law judge issued a Recommended Order to the Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA”), approving the issuance of a certificate of need (CON) for HCA East Florida to replace Plantation General Hospital with a new hospital on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie, Florida. Once a final order approving the project is issued by AHCA, HCA East Florida will construct a new state-of-the-art hospital focusing on technology and treatment and work with NSU to integrate research, clinical trials, and education.
Consistent with its other facilities, HCA East Florida will privately own the facility and no public funds will be utilized in the construction of the hospital.
“This is the first academic medical facility of its kind in Broward County. The new state-of-the-art hospital will fulfill our continued mission to provide high quality healthcare to the communities we serve,” said Michael Joseph, president of HCA East Florida. “HCA East Florida is proud of our award winning facilities and we look forward to working with NSU. The partnership will elevate the level of services we can provide by integrating a research and academic component into our scope of care to patients and provide much needed healthcare services to the town of Davie and beyond.”
The first phase of this project was completed in 2015 when HCA East Florida built the first free-standing Emergency Room (ER) in Davie on the location of the now approved hospital. The hospital will be built around this existing ER.
“Relocating this community hospital to NSU’s campus will provide the basis for a state-of-the-art teaching and research hospital in central Broward County, with easy access and far-reaching benefits,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury. “Our faculty members and students are already making breakthroughs in cell therapy, pharmaceuticals, and the hi-tech/biotech areas. Bringing this health care hub to our campus will provide the resources that lead to clinical trials to benefit our community and all of humankind.”
In order to build the hospital, and in alignment with the CON, Plantation General Hospital (PGH), an HCA East Florida facility, will relocate 200 of its 264 licensed beds to the new hospital. PGH will continue to operate and offer its full range of services until the relocation of the new facility is complete.
After completion of the new hospital, PGH will still maintain emergency services at the current hospital location. HCA East Florida also has several other services in the Plantation area including a surgery center, physician practices and Westside Regional Medical Center which is approximately four miles away. This will ensure the surrounding community continues to receive high quality medical care.