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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Vincent's Medical Center opened its doors to patients in Clay County Tuesday morning.

Thecenter opened at about 7 a.m. andincluded64 private inpatient rooms. The rooms are said to expand to 250 beds, enabling the hospital to accommodate the area's growing population. A neighboring 50,000 sq. ft. medical office building that is scheduled to open by the end of the year will have different physician groups.

"St. Vincent's Clay County has been a dream for many years. Today that dream officially became a reality," said St. Vincent's Clay County President Blain Claypool. "We are honored to bring high-quality care closer to home for the families who live in Clay County."

The opening of the medical center and office building will bring an economic impact on the county that is expected to be more than $50 million a year, making it Clay County's largest one-time investment.

"We are thrilled to expand our Mission by bringing Clay County residents the same level of quality, safety and compassion that St. Vincent's is known for," St. Vincent's HealthCare President & CEO Moody Chisholm said.

St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County is located at 1670 St. Vincent's Way Middleburg, FL 32068, near the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and Branan Field Road.