Broward Health Coral Springs set to expand

Broward Health Coral Springs is set to grow, with the expansion timed to meet the surge in population that is expected in Coral Springs and neighboring Parkland over the next few years. Groundbreaking is expected in the summer of 2016.

The $56 million project involves the construction of a three-story south building that will house 28 private post-partum rooms, the neonatal intensive care unit, and surgical beds. The hospital’s bed capacity will increase from 196 to 250 after the expansion. The campus’ central energy plant will also be upgraded. Construction is expected to be completed by the first half of 2018.

“We have a lot of population growth in the northwest area of the county,” said Drew Grossman, hospital CEO. “Coral Springs downtown development is expected to bring in a lot of new people into the area. Parkland is adding about 5,000 homes in the wedge. The healthcare landscape is also changing. We need to be ready.

“Our community deserves this,” Grossman said. “We will have four and a half medical/ surgical units after the expansion; we currently have three. They are in high demand. We will be adding more clinical and support staff, as well.”

The hospital expects an increase of 37 percent in its service area by 2040; admission rates are projected to increase by 42 percent. The hospital is expected to recover its investment on the project in 12 years.

“We have been really busy; our occupancy rates are extremely high,” said Azeem Sachedina, hospital chief of staff. “Right now, people are having to spend too much time in the emergency room because we do not have the beds ready for them. It is a little bit of a juggling act; increasing the number of beds will make the hospital flow much better.”

The emergency room at the hospital was expanded about four years ago. “The number of emergency room visits increased from about 58,000 two years ago to 64,000 last year,” Grossman said. “We are on pace for 66,000 this year.”

The hospital is currently seeking bids for design and construction of the new building. “We are already planning for future growth,” Sachedina said. “The building will be constructed in such a way that there is room for another floor. We want to do all we can to offer the best patient care possible.”

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