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Hurricane Irma: Florida Keys hospital to be rebuilt for $40 million

MiamiHerald / Following extensive roof damage and flooding during Hurricane Irma, Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon will undergo a $40 million rebuild next year.

Baptist Health South Florida, which bought the hospital at mile marker 48.5 oceanside last year, said this week it aims to raise $15 million from donations as part of the $40 million project. Construction will start in early 2019.

It’s the only hospital on the 80-mile stretch from Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, also a Baptist hospital.

In the meantime, patients in need of a visit to the emergency room can go to the temporary hospital on the Fishermen’s hospital property. It went up two weeks after Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys. About 20 patients are seen there daily.

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