Orange Park, FL., — On Monday, July 20th Orange Park Medical Center will be opening its new 18,200 sq. ft. expansion that houses an indoor and outdoor dining area, cafeteria and kitchen. The expansion is part of a $126 million project that began in June of 2019.

“We’re excited to provide this beautiful space for visitors and staff to step away and relax,” said Food and Nutrition Services Director Leann John. Orange Park Medical Center serves 1,800 meals a day to patients, visitors and staff.

The new cafeteria The Orange Grove, named by the Orange Park Medical Center employees, will promote good health by offering gluten free, diabetic and vegetarian options, as well as a “you choose” style menu for patients. The food and nutrition services team of over 60 employees includes dietitians that provide valuable input into menu selections for special diets required for a variety medical conditions.

John says, the hospital will continue to have some limitations in the way they can display and serve food in the new cafeteria as the hospital continues to follow COVID-19 precautions but they look forward to introducing new options such as a pizza oven, grill selections, soft serve ice cream, deli options and salad bar, once the restrictions are lifted.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for loved ones and our staff to have a place they can enjoy a healthy meal and take time away to recharge,” says John. “We are fortunate to have amazing colleagues at the frontlines caring for our community.”

Construction on the dining and kitchen space took twelve months and cost $9 million. The remainder of the $126 million project includes a patient tower that will include 48 patient rooms for medical and surgical patients. The new rooms will bring Orange Park Medical Center’s total number of license beds to 365.

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