Life Sciences

Jacksonville’s Health Industry Spurs Growth

Jacksonville’s health care providers saw a spate of expansions in 2018, helping cement the area’s status as a medical destination and meeting location for medical professionals.

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville completed a “destination medical facility” in Jacksonville, partially funded with a $20 million grant from the South Florida-based Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation.

A new Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center opened this summer and St. Vincent’s Healthcare began working on a new $55 million facility in Riverside. Flagler Hospital and Baptist Hospital both began working on medical facilities in Nocatee.

“Jacksonville is becoming a destination for health care,” said Dr. Robert Wharen, a longtime professor of neurology at Mayo. “There are new businesses coming here and research efforts that are being coordinated through Mayo, like the Jacksonville campus innovation building for lung transplants.”

Wharen said that Mayo serves more than 100,000 patients a year and employs 6,000 people. In the last three years, international patients have tripled.

For more information, read the article at the Jacksonville Business Journal.