Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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TGH Healthplex readies for service in Brandon

TAMPA — Folks describe it as a one-stop shopping center in healthcare.

That's at least the consensus from visitors who saw firsthand the myriad medical services soon to be offered at the new TGH Brandon Healthplex.

Tampa General Hospital's first-of-its-kind outpatient complex consists of an emergency care department set to open on Monday (March 27), an ambulatory surgery center, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, a pharmacy, a cafe, and multiple primary and specialty care physicians' offices.

Free valet parking is available to all who come to the healthplex, which also contains its own helipad for use in the event seriously ill or injured patients need to be flown to TGH's main campus on Davis Islands.

The four-story, 130,000-square-foot center situated on a 13.5- acre plot of land owned by TGH and featuring a $60 million facility developed and owned by Landmark Healthcare Facilities, is located at 10740 Palm River Road in Tampa near Falkenburg Road with easy access from Causeway Boulevard, State Road 60, the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and Interstate 75.

"We wanted to take our presence out into the community and when looking at the Brandon demographics that show about 20 percent of our patients are there, we think it's a great site for us," said Mark Anderson, TGH senior vice president of ambulatory services.

"In the emergency department alone we expect to serve 20,000 to 25,000 patients in the first year," he added. "It's going to be a busy place."

Board-certified emergency physicians will be available 24/7 to treat adult and pediatric patients who come to the first-floor emergency center, which includes 20 private beds and two resuscitation bays.

The emergency center will compete with the long-established services at Brandon Regional Hospital, which recently revamped its emergency department with $20 million in equipment, technological advances as well as a significant restructuring and redesign of the former emergency department. The updates at Brandon Regional include eight exam rooms, four trauma rooms, x-ray and radiology equipment within the emergency department and a rooftop helipad with a private elevator.

At the TGH Healthplex, the second-floor will hold an outpatient surgery center, overseen by director Richard Bloxdorf and expected to open in mid-April with six operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms, 13 recovery areas, and 24 pre-and-post procedure bays. A wide range of surgeries will be performed including gynecological, spine, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, oral, podiatric and hand microsurgery.

"Ambulatory services are designed to discharge patients the same day as their surgeries," Bloxdorf said.

The center's imaging services consist of digital X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds. MRIs will become available later this year.

TGH physicians as well as doctors from the greater Brandon community and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine will see patients in their offices on the upper two floors of the facility. Tampa General physicians should begin to occupy their spaces immediately.

The primary and specialty care providers' services will consist of family medicine, pediatrics, pediatric orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, neurosurgery, nephrology and pulmonology.

What's more, the building contains a 75-person-capacity meeting room that is open to nonprofit and educational groups throughout the area.

"We really want this to be a community resource," Anderson said.

Minh-Tri Duong, director of ambulatory services at Tampa General Hospital and director of the TGH Brandon Healthplex is proud to serve in her role at the new healthcare center.

"It's great to expand our footprint," she said.

Dr. Ravi Bukkapatnam, chief of staff at the hospital and medical director at the new facility, is equally pleased to play a major part in its overall wellbeing.

"I hope that we can transform care in that area and provide high quality medical care in that community," he said.

Call (813) 660-6000 for more information.

Contact Joyce McKenzie at [email protected]

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