NEW PORT RICHEY — Morton Plant North Bay Hospital has put the finishing touches on a two-year $24.7 million expansion.

The hospital opened a new emergency department in December, adding 13,925 square feet to the campus. It features private treatment rooms, a spacious waiting area, nature-inspired artwork and contemporary design touches. The final phase added a 15-bed unit for patients requiring further observation or monitoring and four additional treatment rooms. The facility now has 28 private treatment rooms.

A permanent ambulance entrance has opened, as well.

The expansions and renovations have been received positively and are welcome additions to the hospital, said Morton Plant North Bay President Sarah Naumowich. “Our patients and their families continue to express their appreciation for receiving, quality, compassionate care in this new, warm and welcoming space.”

In December 2016, the hospital opened the first phase of the project — a new main entrance that included a canopy and patient drop-off lane, vestibule, lobby and gift shop.

The two-year expansion continues Morton Plant North Bay’s growth this decade.

The four-story, 56,000-square-foot Starkey Medical Tower and three-story 45,000-square-foot Medical Arts Building opened in 2010. A 9,750-square-foot cardiovascular center opened in 2011, followed two years later by a 25,000-square-foot surgical center featuring six operating suites.

The Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital, which specializes in neurological and orthopedic inpatient therapy, completed a two-year renovation and expansion in 2016. The center added 30 new private patient rooms and more space for patient treatment and therapy, larger gym space, a training apartment and an outside course featuring different walking surfaces.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is part of the Clearwater- based not-for-profit BayCare Health System, which operates hospitals and outpatient health care facilities.