Orange Park, FL - The Clay County Board of Commissioners have approved the rezoning of 14.9 acres owned by Orange Park Medical Center. The hospital plans to build a $38 million, three-story, 60,000 square foot medical office building, expecting to break ground this summer.

"This is a very exciting year for us," said Chad Patrick, Orange Park Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. "In addition this new medical office building we will be breaking ground on a new patient tower, opening a level 3 NICU and a new free-standing emergency room."

Patrick says the new facility will house the headquarters of their graduate medical education program, education and training rooms for the hospital, physician offices and space dedicated to new services the hospital will be adding in the coming years.

Orange Park Medical Center's graduate medical education program currently has 74 residents and fellows, with an additional 53 starting this summer. Orange Park Medical Center's parent company HCA Healthcare has the largest residency program in the country.

"The new facility provides us the opportunity to continue to expand and grow our services. It's important to us to help keep Clay County residents close to home for any and all care they may need," said Patrick.

The rezoned land is located at 1775 Kingsley Avenue and was purchased for $3.3 million in 2015.

Construction is expected to be completed within 9 months of breaking ground.