BayCare’s HealthHub breaks ground behind Valrico shopping center

Matt Hillman, left, part of BayCare's innovation and technology team, shows off the latest gadgets to David Davenport, Baycare's manager of rehabilitation, prior to Thursday's groundbreaking of the new HealthHub in Valrico. Crystal Owens/Special to the Times
Matt Hillman, left, part of BayCare's innovation and technology team, shows off the latest gadgets to David Davenport, Baycare's manager of rehabilitation, prior to Thursday's groundbreaking of the new HealthHub in Valrico. Crystal Owens/Special to the Times
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VALRICO ó Health care officials broke ground Thursday on the long anticipated HealthHub at Bloomingdale, which will bring about 150 jobs to an area thatís experiencing tremendous growth and provide patients with the latest in technological care.

A project of BayCare, Tampaís largest health care provider with a network of 14 hospitals and more than 160 outpatient facilities, the $53 million project is a new model thatís set apart from others, according to Jim Cote, senior vice president of ambulatory services.

"Our mission is to help improve the health care of the community and what weíre trying to do here is create a completely different experience," Cote said.

HealthHub at Bloomingdale, an 115,000-square-foot facility, once completed will allow patients to not only seek care when theyíre ill, but maintain preventative care with fitness classes and nutrition education.

Unlike most traditional health care facilities, the HealthHub will not have a waiting room. Instead, patients will check in once at a central registration desk for multiple health and wellness services.

Set on 21 acres near the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Lithia Pinecrest Road, HealthHub also will include other technological health care advancements, such as TechDeck, which will allow patients to improve their health through a variety of wellness devices.

"Itís going to be a centerpiece, if you will, of all the boundaries being pushed in the convergence of health care and technology Ö," said Matt Hillman, part of BayCareís innovation and technology team.

BayCare has already partnered with the nearby Publix on Lithia Pinecrest Road to install a telemedicine kiosk where patients can get biometric screenings.

Itís also incorporating robots with attached viewing screens, allowing hospital workers to move from meeting to meeting without leaving their offices, yet still take part in the discussions.

The HealthHub at Bloomingdale is expected to be completed by early 2019.

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