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HCA announces plans to build three hospitals in Florida

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare, speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington.  HCA Healthcare’s second-quarter profit jumped past analyst expectations as patients returned to operating tables and hospital rooms after staying away last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation’s largest publicly traded hospital chain hiked its 2021 forecast on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 after a quarter in which it saw admissions at established locations climb nearly 27% when counting both in-patient and out-patient care.     (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare, speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. HCA Healthcare’s second-quarter profit jumped past analyst expectations as patients returned to operating tables and hospital rooms after staying away last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation’s largest publicly traded hospital chain hiked its 2021 forecast on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 after a quarter in which it saw admissions at established locations climb nearly 27% when counting both in-patient and out-patient care. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

HCA Healthcare, which operates 47 hospitals in Florida, said Tuesday it will build additional hospitals in Gainesville, The Villages area and Fort Myers.

“Florida continues to experience rapid population growth, and the addition of these new hospitals will help HCA Florida Healthcare meet the increasing need for acute care services in these areas,” Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, said in a prepared statement.

“We are excited to expand our presence in the state and enhance our ability to care for patients.”

The Tennessee-based company is known as HCA Healthcare Florida in the state.

Construction is expected to start next year on a 90-bed hospital in Gainesville, a 60-bed hospital near The Villages and a 100-bed hospital in Fort Myers, according to Tuesday’s announcement.

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