HCA Healthcare invests $16M in Broward County hospital to build gastrointestinal laboratory, therapy gym, and 25 state-of-the-art patient rooms

Tamarac, FL – Community leaders came together on Tuesday to commemorate the construction of an inpatient rehabilitation unit at University Hospital and Medical Center, a 317-bed acute care hospital in the heart of South Florida. Known for its robust surgical offerings, including joint replacement, spine and robotic surgery, the hospital’s new unit will provide expanded services to surrounding communities in May 2022.

“This is an exciting time as HCA Healthcare continues to invest in our facility and our community,” said Ben Harris, Chief Executive Officer for University Hospital. “The addition of our inpatient rehabilitation unit will provide expanded services to our patients and further the nearly 50-year legacy of our hospital.”

Attendees included, but were not limited to: Broward County Vice Mayor Michael Udine; Tamarac Mayor Michelle Gomez; Former Tamarac Mayor and current University Hospital Board Member Beth Talabisco; Tamarac Fire Rescue Chief Percy Sayles; Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Peter Mason; HCA Healthcare Regional Vice President of Post Acute Services for East and West Florida Divisions Randy Kitchen; and HCA Healthcare East Florida Division Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement Ellice Martinez.

As part of the inpatient rehabilitation unit project, the hospital’s First Floor will include a therapy gym as well as a state-of-the-art gastrointestinal laboratory (GI lab) adjacent to surgical services. The Fifth Floor, which recently served as the hospital’s COVID-19 unit, will include 25 private patient rooms.

“This is just the beginning and we have more growth initiatives on the horizon,” said Harris. “We are committed to offering expanded services to our patients and community to ensure they receive access to the high-quality care they need and deserve,” said Harris.

University Hospital is part of HCA East Florida, the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of HCA Healthcare. The hospital recently received several awards from Healthgrades and was named among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for patient safety.