The 165-bed HCA Florida University Hospital opened Monday at Nova Southeastern University's Davie campus.

The opening of the $360 million hospital by the Nashville, Tennessee-based hospital giant (NYSE: HCA) is a milestone for the nonprofit university. It is expected to increase training and research opportunities for the two medical schools at NSU.

The hospital at 3476 S. University Drive has about 650 employees and more than 600 physicians on staff. Most of the employees from the recently shuttered Plantation General Hospital, another HCA facility, joined the staff of the new hospital, said Giorgio Tarchini, chief medical officer at HCA Florida University Hospital, as well as the entire HCA East Florida division. Only a free-standing emergency room will remain open in Plantation.

He said hospital staff will work closely with NSU’s medical schools on clinical research that results in published papers. There are several classrooms in the building. Eventually, the hospital will establish residence programs for post-graduates, he added.

The strengths of the hospital includes its women’s health center with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, robotic surgery, neuroscience, and orthopedics, Tarchini said.

HCA Florida University Hospital has all private rooms and many of them are especially large, with couches for family members and smart TVs. The TVs can be used to communicate with nurses, watch streaming video or order food.

Tarchini said many doctors were attracted to the hospital by its advanced equipment in the operating rooms, including imagery machines to give doctors a better view of the patients.

While the hospital is currently four stories, it has the option to expand to 10 stories and about 600 beds in the future.

The general contractor of the hospital was Birmingham, Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie.

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