Orange Park Medical Center, celebrated the opening of the first two patient floors in its new Patient Tower. The five-story tower, a part of a $126 million expansion project, will offer patients innovative care in a home like setting.

The fourth and fifth floors will house 48 patient beds for medical and surgical patients. The already open first floor includes the hospital’s outpatient testing and imaging services as well as the patient registration area. The second and third floors are designated for future expansion.

More than 100 new jobs are being created to care for the increased number of patients. “Like many in our area we’re feeling the effects of the growth happening in Clay County,” says Lisa Valentine, Chief Executive Officer at Orange Park Medical Center. “With this growth comes the need to expand our team, our facility and our services to continue to rise to the needs of our community.”

Built for today’s patient care, the new rooms will be equipped with the latest in digital medical charting. MyCare boards will sync treatments, lab results, and surgery details for the patient all in one place. An advanced nurse call system will connect the patient directly with their nurse via the nurses handheld iPhone and the Centrak system identifies and logs each care giver entering the room, monitors all patient activity, and tracks medical equipment.

The hospital experience will be more comfortable than ever before with home like furnishings and Apple TVs integrated into the rooms with advanced WiFi and faster internet speeds for connectivity and entertainment. “Using the Apple TV, the physician can review with the patient their lab results or the images from a recent diagnostic test for example, keeping the patient informed of their health status which lets them play an active role and we hope, gets them back on their feet, faster,” said Dr. Brad Shumaker, Chief Medical Officer at Orange Park Medical Center.

“We are already the preferred healthcare provider for thousands of families in our community. We want to continue earning their trust by providing more resources to keep them close to home when seeking medical care, all with the added peace of mind that comes from today’s technology,” adds Valentine.

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. served as the general contractor and TMPartners, PLLC as the architect on the project.