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Tampa General to bring urgent care center to Babcock Ranch

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Jul 5, 2024

Construction of the new 6,500-square-foot TGH Urgent Care at Babcock Ranch is well under way at The Shoppes at Yellow Pine. The facility is expected to open next year. PROVIDED

Tampa General Hospital is bringing more heath care services to Babcock Ranch at The Shoppes at Yellow Pine.

Thomas Hoban, president and Chief Investment Officer, and Partner of Kitson & Partners said that health is one of the eight core initiatives at the growing community on SR 31.

“We want to continue to offer residents multiple ways to improve their physical and mental well-being,” he said. “As one of the most innovative and sustainable towns in the U.S., it only made sense to partner with Tampa General, one of the nation’s leading academic health systems, who is committed to leveraging technology and innovation to better care for their patients.”

With Babcock Ranch growing and expecting to triple in size over the next few years, Babcock Ranch has to grow with the community — adding healthcare services.

“Not to mention, Babcock Ranch is a multigenerational community and having diversity in options, offerings, and care is crucial to our diverse set of residents,” Hoban said.

Construction of the new 6,500-square-foot TGH Urgent Care at Babcock Ranch is well under way. TGH and Kitson & Partners agreed to nearly double their presence by adding an additional 6,000 square feet of space at The Shoppes at Yellow Pine.

The partnership between Tampa General and Kitson & Partners was announced in November to bring urgent care services to The Shoppes at Yellow Pine on Cypress Parkway. The new space will open in 2025.

TGH Executive Vice President and Chief Ambulatory Care Officer Adam Smith said The Urgent Care, powered by Fast Track, will be outfitted with a robust care team available to meet all the needs of the growing community including preventative, routine and urgent care.

“The new clinic, which will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., will treat common illnesses and injuries. Common tests, check-ups and procedures offered will include school and sports physicals, X-rays and certain laboratory tests. This new clinic also will offer testing for infectious conditions, including COVID-19 and the flu. Occupational health services are also available and include pre-employment screenings, employment physicals, Workers’ Compensation injuries and vaccinations,” he said.

The acquired 6,000-foot space will be developed and tailored to fit the greatest need of residents, Smith said. Based on research, feedback, and input from residents at events such as the June Community Forum, providers will develop innovative solutions that help meet the community’s needs today and support its future growth for the newly secured space.

“Working with the community’s residents, we can more effectively design the space and service offerings to meet their needs,” Smith said.

The forum was held on June 22, at the Babcock Ranch Fieldhouse to give community members an opportunity to share their health care needs, as well as ways to enhance health and wellness.

Hoban said Babcock Ranch is an innovative, welcoming town for everyone.

“To continue to foster an atmosphere and culture that is both inviting and fulfilling, we must continue to provide opportunities where homeowners have a real seat at the table to discuss which services and amenities are most important to them and that includes decision on access and quality of healthcare at Babcock Ranch,” he said.

The facility will be open to residents living both in and out of Babcock Ranch, providing world class quality care.

This partnership with TGH is in addition to one that has already been established with Lee Health.

“Babcock Ranch’s partnership with Lee Healthcare is strong and ongoing,” Hoban said. “As the community continues to expand, so will our access and options for healthcare. We believe having more options for residents is a good thing.”