Late last month, a group of masked men and women in business attire posed for pictures holding shovels just outside the West Marion Community Hospital. The occasion? That hospital is set to receive a notable expansion- an expansion that many hope takes a step toward the goal of providing those in Marion County with the best care possible.
West Marion Community Hospital, located at 4600 SW 46th Ct. in Ocala, broke ground in late March (March 24, to be precise) on a new development that will see the hospital increase to a total of 222 beds. The expansion will soon be adding 40,000 additional square feet of real estate to the hospital property, as well as 36 new beds.
The three dozen new beds are expected to be part of a new inpatient stroke rehab center. The massive expansion project will also include adding more space to its parking lot for visitors and patients, as well as a significant expansion of the existing emergency room.
In total, the new development to the West Marion Community hospital is expected to cost around $33M.
As of this publication, there is currently not an estimated timetable for completion of the hospital's expansion project.