Jobs to be created and facilities expansion announced
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and JAXUSA Partnership, a division of JAX Chamber, announced today that Jacksonville-based Diversified Clinical Services, which merged with Boca Raton, Florida-based National Healing Corporation to create the largest provider of wound care and related disease management in the country, will keep and expand the headquarters of the new company in Jacksonville.
“This is a great move that will help to generate good-paying jobs and shine an even brighter spotlight on the health care business in Northeast Florida,” said Mayor Brown. “It’s a tough choice any time a company decides where to locate corporate headquarters and I commend the National Healing Corporation for recognizing the competitive advantages in Jacksonville.”
Governor Rick Scott applauded today’s announcement. “We continue our efforts to encourage companies to choose Florida as home for their headquarters, and we are pleased National Healing has chosen to grow here in Jacksonville,” said Governor Scott. “Their decision confirms our state’s ability to meet the needs of innovative businesses looking to expand and grow.”
The company, which will now be known as National Healing Corporation, is making a significant investment in the city, relocating to a new facility on the Southside of Jacksonville in March 2012. With the move, National Healing will expand from 23,000 to 35,000 square feet. Within its new location, National Healing is building a state-of-the-art, high-tech training center that will serve as a global hub for wound care education where hundreds of doctors, nurses and other medical technicians will be trained monthly.
National Healing, which has 2,000 employees nationwide, will add to its staff in Jacksonville, expanding from 80 to 145 employees. National Healing manages more than 500 wound care centers in more than 10 percent of the hospitals in the nation, including Baptist Beaches and Baptist Downtown in Jacksonville. The company provides hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long‐term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health care and physician management with the innovation, resources and talent to provide more patients with affordable access to life‐saving wound care.
“The decision to keep our company here in Jacksonville was based on several factors,” said Jeff Nelson who is president of the company. “The City of Jacksonville offers our company and our employees a family friendly atmosphere, significant growth opportunities and a friendly business environment. We have our roots here in Jacksonville and are happy to announce that this wonderful city will be our home for many years to come. We are poised for continued growth and we appreciate all of the support we have received from the Governor, Mayor Brown, the city and JAXUSA.”
A. Hugh Greene, President and CEO, Baptist Health and 2011 Chamber Chair has worked with theJacksonvillebased company since 2009. “Over the past few years, we have worked together to heal hundreds of patients in the community. I am pleased that the new company will remain headquartered inJacksonvilleand look forward to working together for many years to come,” said Greene.
National Healing received $200,000 from the State of Florida through the Quick Action Closing Fund, one of the state’s economic development incentives. Designed to target the needs of the company and the development plans of localities and the state, Florida offers a variety of performance-based incentives. A closing fund award is paid out based on specific project criteria outlined in a performance-based contract between the company and the State of Florida. Florida will continue to invest in those who invest and expand in the Sunshine State.
The company will increase investments in clinical care, program development, and education and training, while improving comprehensive wound care therapy programs to find the most effective solutions for reducing costs associated with chronic wounds and to continue to meet the critical needs of patients suffering from debilitating and chronic wounds.
“The Jacksonville region places a strong emphasis on the growth of its life sciences industry sector. With the merger of these two great companies and the decision to keep the headquarters here in Jacksonville, we have further enhanced the reputation of our city as a leader in the industry,” said Robert Hill, JAXUSA Partnership Chair.
About National Healing Corporation
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., National Healing Corporation is the largest provider of wound care and related disease management in the country. National Healing manages more than 500 wound care centers in more than 10 percent of the hospitals in the nation. The company provides hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long‐term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health care and physician management with the innovation, resources and talent to provide more patients with affordable access to life‐saving wound care. For more information, please visit www.nationalhealing.com.
JAXUSA Partnership is the regional economic development organization comprised of almost 200 top private sector investors in Northeast Florida including the JEDC, JEA, JAXPORT, JAA, JTA, WorkSource and the regional county partners – Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. A division of the JAX Chamber, our purpose is to facilitate the creation and retention of quality jobs and significant capital investment, resulting in a higher standard of living and better quality of life in Northeast Florida.