lot of traffic.”
Martin Memorial filed an application with the state for a
new 80-bed, $117 million hospital in Tradition in April
2007, after five years of trying to win state approval for a
new hospital in St. Lucie West.
“Competition is good and helps ensure that hospitals are
responsive to the needs of the community, but there are also
commonalities among the needs of hospitals,” said Rich
Rasmussen, spokesman for the Florida Hospital Association.
“Bringing the specialists into Florida is still a challenge here.
And the biggest issues hospitals are struggling with is the
growing number of uninsured patients and getting enough
physicians to respond to on-call services.”
The entire western part of Port St. Lucie is responsible for
St. Lucie Medical Center is currently Port St. Lucie’s only hospital, though another is planned for Tradition.
This is a rendering of Martin Memorial Health Systems’ planned $117 million 80-bed hospital in Tradition.