Attached photo: Ribbon Cutting - South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership and Ambassadors

Tampa, FL - Memorial Hospital of Tampa, an HCA West Florida facility, unveiled its new Surgical Center with a Ribbon Cutting and Sneak Peek Community Grand Opening held this week. Construction of the state-of-the-art Surgical Center began last year as part of the hospital’s major renovation and expansion project. The Center includes 18,500 square feet of new surgical space, two new Operating Rooms (ORs) with shell space for a third, 17 new pre- and post-op surgical units, and a bigger and brighter Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

“The opening of our new Surgical Center is a time to celebrate the latest upgrade to Memorial Hospital,” said Sonia Wellman, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “This is only one of many upgrades the community can expect from our hospital as we continue to grow and expand our services.”

Guests attending the Grand Opening included Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, County Commissioner Sandra Murman, and City Councilman Guido Maniscalco. Mayor Buckhorn noted: “It is exciting for this community to know that we have another great expansion of a healthcare facility where folks can get world-class treatment, and in their time of need, Memorial Hospital will be here for them as they have been for a long time.” The completion of the Surgical Center marks the second phase of a multi-phase expansion with the next phase to include privatization of patient rooms.

Last year, Memorial Hospital had a direct economic impact in South Tampa exceeding $61 million dollars.