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Florida Hospital Carrollwood spending $17.5 million to expand emergency department

Florida Hospital Carrollwood is expanding its emergency department.

The hospital, 7171 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, is spending $17.5 million to add 15 new private treatment rooms, new pediatric rooms and waiting areas, and new technology, according to a news release Wednesday. The expansion will double the emergency department's patient capacity.

The investment includes a $2.5 million donation from local philanthropist Dr. Kiran C. Patel, who pledged $5 million to the hospital last year for the emergency department expansion as well as a new cardiac catheterization lab, which opened last fall.

Construction on the emergency department begins this week and is expected to finish early next year. The ER will remain open in the meantime.

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This is the latest of several projects for Florida Hospital Carollwood. In January, the hospital opened a new surgical tower, adding more than 45,200 square feet and renovating more than 51,000 square feet.

Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital, is growing in Tampa Bay. The hospital chain purchased Bayfront Health Dade City earlier this year. The company also paid $14.5 million for 103 acres along Interstate 4 just west of Florida Polytechnic University with plans to build a freestanding emergency room and a possible 200-bed hospital in the next decade, if demand in the Lakeland region warrants it.