When the doors of Tradition Medical Center opened in December 2013, Martin Health System anticipated it wouldn’t be long before it would be required to take advantage of the building’s flexible and expandable design. In less than two years, that day has arrived.
On October 21, 2015, leaders from Martin Health and the Port St. Lucie community celebrated the groundbreaking for Phase II of Tradition Medical Center.
In its first year of operation, Tradition Medical Center exceeded projections with a total of approximately 5,200 admissions, 22,000 emergency room visits, 1,100 surgeries and 1,470 births. The acute care hospital has been at full capacity two to three days every week.
“Fortunately, our leadership and design team had the foresight to build flexibility into the hospital’s initial phase and develop a six-floor hospital that could be easily expanded to meet future demand,” said Mark Robitaille, president and chief executive officer of Martin Health.
To satisfy the health care needs of one of south Florida’s fastest growing communities, Martin Health will add 170,000 square feet and three stories to the facility. When completed in 2018, Tradition Medical Center will double in size, with a total of nine stories and 90 new patient rooms. A mechanical mezzanine level, located on the third floor rather than the roof, allows for a more efficient vertical expansion.
In addition to doubling the number of patient rooms, the expansion includes the following service enhancements: a catherization lab for cardiac care, interventional radiology and vascular procedures; expanded maternity, neonatal intensive care and emergency departments; and an 18-bed observation unit designed to improve the flow of emergency patients who require hospitalization. A medical office building will be constructed alongside the hospital and a new outpatient surgery center will be built offsite.
When the hospital first opened, the project’s management team was applauded for incorporating smart design features and the ability to deliver a high quality, high performance medical facility on schedule and under budget. Just six months after opening the doors of Tradition Medical Center, the hospital received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification for its environmentally friendly “green” building.
This commitment to quality will continue as Martin Health strives to stay in step with Port St. Lucie’s projected growth of 79 percent by 2030.
To date, Tradition Medical Center has also had a significant economic impact on the region, creating approximately 550 new jobs. The influx of employees, physicians, patients and visitors to the area has been welcomed by the restaurant, retail and housing industries.
“The enormously positive response from the community in support of this hospital has been gratifying,” Robitaille said. “We designed Tradition Medical Center to meet the growing needs of the surrounding community and provide the most efficient, effective and comfortable care possible to our patients and their families. This is our commitment to the people of Port St. Lucie.
CBRE Healthcare served as project manager for Tradition Medical Center and has been awarded the contract for the Phase II expansion. Construction has begun on the parking lot. North, South and Tower expansion as well as interior renovations are scheduled to begin on November 2nd. Targeted completion is set for Spring 2018.
About Tradition Medical Center
Martin Health System based in Stuart, Fla. comprises three hospitals, one MediCenter, a free-standing emergency center, and numerous outpatient centers and clinics. The system is a not-for-profit, community-based health care organization that offers preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer care, a heart center, wellness and rehabilitation services, and much more. Our services provide care for residents throughout the Treasure Coast, including Stuart, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Palm City and Port St. Lucie. More information is available at http://www.martinhealth.org/.
About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.