Sacred Heart & St. Joe Company Break Ground at Watersound Origins
May 28, 2019 by SoWal Staff
Sacred Heart Health System, part of Ascension Florida, has officially begun construction of a healthcare facility in the Watersound Origins community in eastern SoWal, in collaboration with Commercial Real Estate Development, LLC, a subsidiary of the St. Joe Company.
The new healthcare facility broke ground on May 28 and will be at the entrance of Watersound Origins, 20 miles east of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The St. Joe Company is a Northwest Florida-based real estate developer known for its planned communities.
The facility includes a 6,700-square-foot multi-specialty clinic that will offer primary care, pediatrics and OB/GYN services. The blueprint allows for future expansion up to 13,000 square feet of space for additional specialty care. Future commercial activity planned at the Watersound Origins community includes retail, restaurant, and office space.
“South Walton has seen rapid growth in the past 30 years, and it's only expected to continue,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. “This new facility is part of our outpatient growth plans and supports our Mission to increase access to personalized, high-quality healthcare in the communities we serve. St. Joe’s forward thinking and planning to include convenient access to exceptional healthcare has set high-quality standards for this truly great community. It’s a great day and we are very excited.”
With construction of the facility now underway, the estimated completion date is projected for Spring of next year.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Sacred Heart to provide quality and accessible healthcare services to Watersound Origins homeowners and the residents of South Walton County," said Jorge Gonzalez, President & Chief Executive Officer of St. Joe.
The connection between Sacred Heart and the St. Joe Company dates back more than 18 years when St. Joe generously donated land for the site of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast which opened 15 years ago in Miramar Beach.