Business Florida 2022 - The Regions
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For the fifth time in six years, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville is named Florida’s No. 1 “Best Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report, and among the top 50 hospitals in seven adult medical specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology. And as Mayo prepares to celebrate its 35th year in Jacksonville, two expansions are underway: an addition to include eight operating rooms and procedural space for cardiology, gastroenterology, hepatology and other departments, as well as additional emergency room space to accommodate 14 new ER patient rooms and 10 new short-stay and care rooms. And breaking ground in 2022, a $223-million, 200,000-sq.-ft. integrated oncology center.
Also tapped by U.S. News, UF Health Jacksonville as the nation’s 39th best hospital in the ear, nose and throat category. Affiliated with the University of Florida, this 695-bed facility in downtown Jacksonville recently broke ground on its first free-standing emergency department in northwest Jacksonville. Estimated completion: late 2022.
On the pediatric side, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, a Baptist Health affiliate, took top 50 honors in two specialties: pediatric diabetes and endocrinology (No. 44) and pediatric orthopedics (No. 45). One of five hospitals owned by Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Wolfson continues to work toward completion of a multi-year, $200-million construction project that, when completed will be the largest children’s hospital campus in Florida.
Life & Leisure
Plenty to Enjoy
Florida’s Northeast overflows with things to see and do. In Jacksonville, there’s the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, this region’s largest fine arts museum; MOCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art) Museum of Science and History (MOSH); and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. For sun worshippers, there’s Amelia Island in Nassau County, named a top 10 U.S. island by Conde Nast readers in 2020, and home to the town of Fernandina Beach boasting 400+ historic homes, churches and commercial buildings. And, of course, Florida’s Northeast boasts 90 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and sunning.
Move Over Central Park, Make Room for Jacksonville
With more than 80,000 acres of parklands, Jacksonville is home to the largest urban park system in the nation. Among these are three national sites — Fort Caroline National Memorial, the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve and Kingsley Plantation — seven state parks and more than 450 urban city parks, one of which — Jessie Ball duPont — is home to a 250-year-old, 70-foot-tall live oak with a circumference of 25 feet.
Golfers love Florida’s Northeast for its more than 80 courses including TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach where the Players PGA Tournament takes place annually. The PGA Tour’s newly completed $65-million, 187,000-sq.-ft. global headquarters opened here in February 2021.