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Updated: 07/08/2018 08:30:00AM

Fawcett growing to meet community needs

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Greg Burgess of Miller Electric works on some connections in one of the new diagnostic rooms at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Fawcett is undergoing a $50 million expansion.

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Fawcett's new interventional lab gets a once over from, from left, : Judy Fulton, Ryan Rowe, Lydia Rymarenko, Troy Albritton and Fred Orr.

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Attendants Tracy Crapser, left, and Jonathan Trillizo man the valet parking stand at Fawcett. The expansion includes a four-story, 500-space parking garage.

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Jerry Mix, left, the facilities director at Fawcett, joins Bill Hawley. The $50 million expansion represents ‘Fawcett growing with its community,’ Hawley says.

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Under construction: soon Fawcett will be able to deliver state-of-the-art diagnostic tests in this room.

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Bill Hawley, CEO of Fawcett Memorial Hospital, dons his hard hat before inspecting one of the construction areas. ‘The community is going to have a hospital that is much better equipped to provide the kind of service it deserves,’ he says of the project.

By RUSTY PRAY

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The benefits of Fawcett Memorial Hospital’s $50 million expansion reach from the very practical — parking will no longer be a problem — to the cosmetic — rooms will be newer, nicer — to the medically advanced — stroke and cardiac care will perch on the cutting edge.

“Our community is expanding faster than the hospitals are expanding,” said Bill Hawley, hospital CEO. “During season, our hospital is just full. The hospitals really have not grown with the community. This is Fawcett growing with its community.”

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