Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brooks Health Plans New Fitness Concept at Deerwood

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brooks Health Plans New Fitness Concept at Deerwood

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

A Brooks Health System affiliate bought 18 acres in Deerwood Park to develop what is tentatively called Brooks Medical Fitness, a new concept for the Jacksonville-based network of rehabilitation services.

Deborah Stewart, chief medical officer of Brooks Health System, described the facility as a medically based fitness center that would be open to the public. It would include rehabilitative services.

Records show that GH Medical Services Inc., affiliated with Brooks, paid $4.011 million for the land, buying it from Deerwood Land LLC, which is owned and controlled by Capital Partners.

"They are going to get under way as soon as plans are completed and they pull their permits," Capital Partners chief operating officer Bill Evans said Monday. He said Jacksonville-based Elkins Constructors would build the center.

Capital Partners acquired the land Dec. 31 when it bought the Bank of America office complex in Deerwood Park, at southeast Butler and Southside boulevards. Capital Partners bought the office buildings as well as about 37.5 acres of undeveloped land.

We reported in January that Brooks Health System was interested in about 18 acres.

Brooks Health System operates at 3599 University Blvd. S. The system includes the 127-bed Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital; a Brooks Rehabilitation Network of outpatient clinics; the University of Florida Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies; and the Brooks Health Foundation.

Brooks Health System began in 1969 as the Cathedral Rehabilitation and Nursing Home downtown. Memorial Hospital bought it in 1982 and moved it to its Southside campus, renaming it Memorial Regional Rehabilitation Center. …

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