JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The Mayo Clinic will begin construction on a $100 million addition to their medical center in Jacksonville beginning Summer 2016.
In a news release, the Mayo Clinic announced a new four story, 150,000 square-foot building with the potential for 11 more stories as well.
Over 126,000 patients are expected to visit the new clinic in its first year of operation.
Among the new services to be provided:
Two floors will be devoted exclusively to hematology (the study of blood) and oncology (the study of cancer), doubling the current size of those branches and increasing staff by 50 percent.
A chemotherapy area will be added offering patients privacy comfort, as well as a space for families, a dedicated nourishment area and a patient library.
One floor devoted exclusively to neurology and neurosurgery which will double the size of those departments and hire 12 new neurologists and neurosurgeons.
Patient care enhancements will be added, including a garden and meeting space for support groups.
Education enhancements will be made as well, including spaces designed specifically for Mayo's efforts and the training of residents and fellows.
In addition to all of those improvements, construction will begin this year on a brand new positron emission tomography (PET) radiochemistry facility. The scans "light up" prostate cancer wherever it is found.
Over the next five years, the Mayo Clinic says they'll add 50 physicians and scientists and 250 allied health employees to support the new medical building and PET facility.
Mayo currently employees 5,351 employees and contributes more than $1.6 billion to the Florida economy.