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Updated: 11/30/2017 08:30:19AM

Hardee gets ‘sneak peek’ at hospital

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Denise Grimsley, second from the right, gives a tour as administrator for Florida Hospital Wauchula to dignitaries during a sneak peak Tuesday at the hospital's new $31.5 million facility on U.S. 17 northbound at Fifth Avenue in Wauchula. The facility will officially open on Sunday with hopes of moving patients in by mid-December. With Grimsley are, from left, Florida Hospital Foundation board member Jean Lund; Jerry Whitfield, project manager for Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors; Dr. Rey Arcenas of Cardiology Associates; Cathy Jaco, director of Quality for Florida Hospital Heartland, and Dr. Jorge Gonzalez-Jirau, chief medical officer for Florida Hospital Heartland Division.

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Denise Grimsley, administrator of Florida Hospital Wauchula, shows a tour one of the many patient rooms on the second floor of the hospital's new facility. The 'sneak peak' on Tuesday let local dignitaries see the improvements at the new campus.

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Florida Sen. Denise Grimsley, who works as administrator for Florida Hospital Wauchula, shows a tour down a hallway in the hospital's first-floor emergency department. The hospital just completed a new $31.5 million facility on U.S. 17 in Wauchula. Local officials got their first peak at it Tuesday.

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From left, Dr. Rey Arcenas of Cardiology Associates and Cathy Jaco, director of Quality for Florida Hospital Heartland, step out of the Emergency Department trauma room at the new Florida Hospital Wauchula facility.

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Florida Hospital Wauchula did not have a helipad at the previous location on Calton Street. Now, as seen here from the roof of the new facility on U.S. 17 at Fifth Street, the facility has a helipad between it and the northbound lanes of the highway.

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Hanging flames inside the main entrance of the new Florida Hospital Wauchula building hang just outside the second floor chapel, not pictured to the right, and by the glassed-in overlook of the second floor lobby. Since the facility focuses on physical therapy, hospital officials wanted to create a serene environment.

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WAUCHULA — When Florida Hospital Wauchula patients move to the new building on U.S. 17, they should have spacious and well-appointed rooms for rehab.

“We’re almost always at capacity,” said Denise Grimsley, registered nurse and — when she isn’t serving as a state senator in Tallahassee — administrator for the facility. “On average, our patients have a 14-day stay for rehabilitation. We wanted it to be comfortable.”

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