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Hospital to follow clinic in Westchase

Town & Country Hospital will start with two doctors on Webb Road. Within 15 months, it will have a full staff.

By JANE BOKUN and LOGAN MABE

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001


WESTCHASE -- Getting sick in Westchase will be slightly less painful as more medical care becomes available here.

On the heels of the new St. Joseph's-Baptist Health Care clinic, Town & Country Hospital also is moving into the fast-growing development.

The hospital on Webb Road will be represented by two physicians in a new condominium-type office complex near the corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue in Westchase. Eventually there will be a full staff of primary care physicians.

"It's true," said Betty Weaver, marketing director for Town & Country Hospital. "We've got some doctors going in over there. The area is growing so fast, we needed an outside facility to make it more convenient for our patients out toward Westchase."

When completed, Chase Professional Plaza will have seven separate buildings totaling 22,500 square feet of office space. Its first phase is slated for completion within the next two months. Residents of the buildings will own them instead of leasing, said John Westfall, the owner of Waterford Construction. "There will be a 15-year fixed mortgage and an association to handle the common areas," he said.

Westfall said the complex has sold out in its first phase at $120 a square foot. New owners include an engineering firm, software company, four dentists, and the Town & Country Hospital physicians.

The Town & Country team includes Dr. Patrick Horan, an orthopedic surgeon; and a primary care physician who has not been named. In Phase II of Chase Professional Plaza, which will be completed in 15 months, Town & Country Hospital will have 5,000 square feet of office space with a full staff of primary care physicians.

"We're trying to get our doctors out in the new areas where they're needed," she said. "We felt there was an absolute need for more office space in the growing Westchase area, and it looks like we were right."

Weaver said the hospital's proximity to Westchase should make it an integral part of residents' health care. "We actually look at northwest Tampa as our community," Weaver said. "We see Westchase as part of the Town N' Country community, so it just made sense for us to move in there."

So does St. Joseph's, which opened a 27,400-square-foot outpatient clinic in the heart of Westchase on Jan. 13.

In addition to its Westchase offices, Town & Country Hospital is expanding its emergency room services on Webb Road from 11 treatment rooms to 22, effective in March.

"We're obviously preparing for the growth in this area," Weaver said. "We're trying to make it newer, more modern."

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