TAMPA — HCA Healthcare West Florida plans to build Florida’s first endocrine surgery hospital in a $50 million extension of the Tampa campus’s Memorial Hospital.
The new 75,000-square-foot facility at 6001 Webb Road is slated to welcome patients in January, officials say. The new operation center will consolidate HCA Healthcare’s endocrinology services at Memorial Hospital and the Medical Center of Trinity under one roof.
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The hospital for endocrine surgery will be a “one-stop shop” for physicians to refer their patients with endocrine tumors of varying complexity for surgery, said Dr. Ravi Chari, president of HCA Healthcare West Florida.
“We (will) have the latest technology in the hospital for rapid, effective treatment of conditions. Patients can go to a place equipped to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine tumors,” Chari said.
Town ‘N Country’s new inpatient and outpatient facility will include 16 private patient rooms, eight operating rooms and 38 pre- and post-operative departments.
Chari said he doesn’t know of any other hospital in the country that deals exclusively with treating endocrine tumors. The new facility will offer thyroid cancer surgery, benign thyroid surgery, parathyroid surgery, adrenal surgery and the innovative radiofrequency ablation treatment of thyroid tumors.
dr. Hyunsuk Suh of Memorial Hospital performed the first scarless thyroid surgery in Tampa Bay last November, according to HCA Healthcare. Thyroid surgeries usually leave a three- to six-inch scar at the base of the neck, but officials said Suh instead used a robot that made minimally invasive incisions in and around the armpits. Suh will offer this service exclusively at the new endocrine surgery hospital when the facility opens, said HCA Healthcare West Florida spokesman Debra McKell.
Chari calls endocrine tumor patients a “very disadvantaged population.” According to the Hospital Network, more than 75 percent of adrenal tumors and 50 percent of parathyroid tumors are underdiagnosed.
Hospital expansion allows HCA Healthcare to grow its patient base with endocrine tumors, not just in Florida, Chari said, but the rest of the country.
“This hospital will create a unique way for patients to receive experienced care and as that becomes better known to the medical community and patients in general, we feel they will search and travel to receive that care,” said Chari .