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Mayo announces major expansions of Arizona and Florida campuses

Mayo announces major expansions of Arizona and Florida campuses

While Mayo Clinic's role in the $5.6 billion Destination Medical Center initiative may steal the headlines here in Rochester, its announcement this week to expand its campuses in Arizona and Florida demonstrates once again that its growth strategy extends far outside southeast Minnesota.

Mayo said it plans to invest more than $800 million in its Phoenix and Jacksonville sites. Most of the new funding — $648 million to be exact — will go toward doubling the size of the Arizona campus over the next five years.

Dubbed the "Arizona Forward Project," Mayo plans to add 1.4 million square feet of building space (to the existing 1.7 million) on the campus. In doing so, Mayo will increase the number of inpatient beds from 280 to 374 by 2023 and create close to 2,000 new jobs, including nearly 200 physicians by 2029.

“Patients recognize that Mayo Clinic provides some of the best and safest care in the United States," Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said in a statement released this week. "Growing our facilities in Arizona to accommodate increased demand is essential."

The highlights of the expansion, according to a Mayo news release, include the construction of a new six-story patient tower; a three-floor addition to the existing four-story Mayo Clinic Building; and a new three-story building to house expanded emergency services and other departments.

Meantime in Florida, Mayo plans to invest $144 million on a 120,000 square-foot expansion of its facilities there. The additional room will provide space for up to eight operating rooms, as well as procedural space for cardiology, gastroenterology and hepatology, and other departments. As part of the plan, Mayo will also build a 1,000-space parking garage on site.

The investment in Florida is part of a $500 million overall expansion of its patient care, biomedical research, education and technology facilities.

The Jacksonville campus now employs more than 6,400 employees, while the Phoenix site has a staff of about 6,600. Both Mayo sites, which opened in the mid 1980s, were ranked as the top hospitals in their respective states in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The Rochester location, which was again ranked the top overall hospital in the U.S. this year, remains the flagship campus for Mayo. As part of DMC, Mayo will invest $3.5 billion in Rochester through 2035.

Cover graphic: Arizona campus / courtesy Mayo Clinic

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