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HCA leaders commit to sterilization investments; celebrate NFH groundbreaking

Months after surgeries were suddenly halted, HCA Florida leaders are answering questions about sterilization issues as they celebrate the groundbreaking of a new hospital facility.

The company opened a free-standing ER in January and broke ground on a $231 million project to expand the facility into a full-service hospital, the HCA Florida Gainesville Hospital, on Thursday morning. TV20 asked what HCA leadership is doing about sterilization after North Florida Hospital temporarily shut down its surgery department in January.

Hospital board member Eric Godet also says sterilization is something they are investing in with the new facility.

“One of the biggest investments we are making right now is bringing in state-of-the-art equipment, state-of-the-art instruments, sterilization, and that whole thing,” said Godet. “Just taking it to the next level, and with that, you ensure safety that will go on for the future.”

The ER medical director Gary Gillette says letting patients know they take sterilization seriously is important.

“It’s something that’s in effect every day,” said Gillette. “Make sure we’re providing quality efficient care. It makes people feel safe coming to the ERs, coming to the hospital there is constant.”

When TV20 asked HCA North Florida Executive Director Eric Lawson what the hospital is doing to ensure patients are confident in care following sterilization issues, Lawson said “We are fully open and we’re so excited to continue to grow.”

We also asked Lawson if HCA has implemented any new procedures to make sure sterilization issues never happen again and he said “Absolutely, we are focused on providing the safest highest quality care for our patients.”

HCA Florida aims to open the new hospital in 2026 at 4094 SW 41st Boulevard. HCA Florida Gainesville Hospital will include a surgical services department, a catheterization lab, 60 medical/surgical beds, a 30-bed in-patient rehabilitation unit, and imaging services. The facility will house more than 200 healthcare professionals and support personnel.

“The new HCA Florida Gainesville Hospital is a huge win for our community, both in terms of expanded access to state-of-the art medical treatment and a positive economic impact on our growing area,” said Godet. “We’re excited by the new jobs this major project will bring and look forward to additional business growth in the area as a result.” WCJB TV20

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