South Bay Hospital June 08, 2015

Sun City Center, FL — South Bay Hospital celebrated its groundbreaking event to mark the beginning of a major expansion and renovation project that will include a 30,900 square foot new Patient Tower and the renovation and refurbishing of public areas and existing patient care units.

The new Patient Tower will feature all private rooms and include a 14-bed Progressive Care service and 12 additional intensive care beds on the second floor. It will increase the hospital's bed total to 138 and has been designed to accommodate future expansion of two floors for an additional 48 beds.

The renovation and refurbishing components include a new hospital entrance, enhanced main lobby and gift shop, dining expansion, new education classrooms and a chapel. Patient care units will be renovated to reflect the new Tower design elements.

"This latest expansion complements the new cardiovascular and CT services added last year and supports our ongoing efforts to be a leader in cutting edge, caring and collaborative healthcare," explains Chief Executive Officer Sharon Roush.

Participants in the groundbreaking ceremony included Sharon Roush, CEO; Peter Marmerstein, President HCA West Florida; Evelyn Lunsford, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, South Bay Hospital; Al Higginbotham, Hillsborough County Commissioner District 7; Mary LaFollette, District Executive Secretary to Representative Jake Raburn; David Garcia, Field Representative to Congressman Tom Rooney, Color Guard Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11, Tampa; Jim Smeaton, Realtor with Charles Rutenberg Realty; and Dr. Charles D. Rentz of United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.

Attached Photo: Groundbreaking Ceremony for new $30-million patient tower and facility renovations. Officials from left are Jim Smeaton; County Commissioner Al Higginbotham; Peter Marmerstein, HCA West Florida Division; Evelyn Lunsford, board chairwoman, South Bay Hospital; Mary LaFollette, district executive secretary to State Representative Jake Raburn; David Garcia, representative for Congressman Tom Rooney; and Sharon Roush, CEO for South Bay Hospital.