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Shands to build Northside medical complex, despite Memorial's appeal
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UF & Shands Jacksonville is moving forward with plans to build a medical complex that will include a 100-bed inpatient facility on the city's Northside, despite an appeal by Memorial Hospital that was approved on Monday.

In December 2011, Shands Jacksonville's CON application to build the facility was approved by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration.

"While we are disappointed in the court's ruling, we strongly believe that a new health care facility in North Jacksonville is important for the communities of northern Duval County and south Georgia, offering a needed resource closer to where area residents work and live," said Dr. David S. Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of the UF&Shands Health System, in a release from Shands.

Construction of the complex off of Duval Road near Interstate 95 is expected to begin in spring 2013. The complex will also house a medical office building for UF faculty and local physicians, as well as ambulatory services, the release said.

"We still believe that north Jacksonville deserves a state-of-the-art inpatient facility, and we are confident that the future of North Jacksonville will prove us right," Guzick said. "In the meantime, we will move forward with plans to develop our outpatient medical complex on the UF&Shands Jacksonville North campus."

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