SUN CITY CENTER — Tampa General Hospital continued its expansion in the SouthShore and Brandon area, opening a center Monday in Sun City Center.
The Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) Family Care Center Sun City Center, at 1647 Sun City Center Plaza, is the hospital's seventh location in Hillsborough County.
This continues a trend of medical service providers expanding throughout east Hillsborough County. It is the third Family Care Center for Tampa General Hospital, joining facilities in Brandon and Riverview.
Florida Hospital began construction two months ago on a 5,000-square-foot urgent care facility that's slated to open this fall on Bloomingdale Avenue. A month before that, BayCare opened a 40,000-square-foot physicians' office building as part of a new 72-acre campus on Big Bend Road. St. Joseph's Hospital-South will open there in 2015.
The Family Care Center at Sun City Center will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and same-day appointments are available.
The Tampa General Hospital Foundation donated $400,000 toward the building renovations and startup expenses.
Internal medicine physician Jeffrey Lester, a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, will provide medical care to patients who are 18 years old or older. He is board certified in internal medicine and fluent in English and Spanish.
Services include chronic disease management, wellness exams, physicals, adult immunizations, and routine and acute illness exams.
Tampa General plans to open another Family Care Center in Westchase on Oct. 21 and in Tampa Palms in January.
Also in the area are All Children's Outpatient Care on S Parsons Avenue and the Tampa General Medical Group Brandon Office at the corner of Oakfield and Lakewood drives.
All the expansion efforts mirror a national trend of hospitals seeking insured patients beyond the traditional market boundaries, typically in more prosperous suburbs, according to a Health Affairs report from April 2012.
Caitlin Johnston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 661-2443.