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Crenshaw Joins Community to Break Ground at Naval Hospital Jacksonville
$35.8 Million, 62,000 Square Foot Addition to Be Built
June 9, 2008
Contact: Jeremy Steffens (202) 225-2501
(Jacksonville, FL) – This morning, Congressman Ander Crenshaw saluted the soon to be built $35.8 million, 62,000 square-foot addition to Naval Hospital Jacksonville. He joined Commanding Officer Raquel Bono in delivering remarks and participating in the ceremonial ground breaking.
Rep. Crenshaw said, “Since 2003 I have worked with the Navy and my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to get the necessary funds for this critical project, and I am so pleased that this day has finally arrived.”
The addition is set to extend from the front entrance of the main hospital and will include significant upgrades that will continue to upgrade the quality of care that our sailors and their family members receive at the hospital.
A 28,000 square-foot surgical suite, a new 8-story elevator, and a new physical therapy clinic are a few of the projects included in the expansion.
“As you know this project has encountered several setbacks and unforeseen challenges, we fought through them and worked hard to make this day a reality” said Crenshaw. “I look forward to being a part of the ribbon cutting in the not so distant future.”
Naval Hospital Jacksonville is much larger than the one campus located on NAS Jacksonville. It is comprised of Substance and Abuse Rehabilitation Programs and 7 Naval Branch Health Clinics from Key West, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia. All of these centers offer high quality healthcare to more than 214,000 eligible beneficiaries, some 64,000 in the Jacksonville area alone.
The existing facility at NAS Jacksonville was constructed in 1967. Critical inpatient functions such as surgery and obstetrics have never been upgraded. In addition, the operating rooms fell far short of current Department of Defense and civilian hospital standards. “Captain Bono and her staff have worked hard to instill a high level of care at the hospital, this addition is critical to ensure the facilities are on par with the medical care.”
The expansion will also been a financial influx for Northeast Florida at the time when the building sector needs a boost. The taxpayer dollars spent here along with the billions more invested in local military construction projects not only mean better facilities for the military, but jobs that help fuel the economic engine of the Jacksonville community.
“Meeting the needs of our veterans, service personnel and their families is our nation’s highest obligation, and this addition will take that quality care to another level,” added Rep. Crenshaw.