Construction is to begin this month on a $17 million facility at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville‘s Heart Hospital that will house a team specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

Baptist Heart Hospital, Northeast Florida’s only freestanding hospital for heart and vascular care, offers the region’s “most advanced and comprehensive” program in cardiac electrophysiology, or EP, a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on the heart’s electrical activity, according to the health system.

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The Heart Rhythm Center “will offer patients a one-stop destination for EP procedures including catheter-based ablations and implanting defibrillators, pacemakers and other devices,” said Dr. Matthew McKillop, clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and medical director of the electrophysiology program. “All pre-operative, procedure and post-operative care, including overnight stays if needed, will be performed in this state-of-the-art center and will allow patients to stay in this community for the care they need.”