The Treasure Coast has a new full-service hospital. It’s the Tradition Medical Center in western Port St. Lucie. More precisely, the hospital is in the research park called the Tradition Center for Innovation in the planned community of Tradition off I-95. It is owned by Martin Health System, a not-for-profit health-care organization, which also owns Martin Medical Center and Martin Hospital South in Martin County, plus three walk-in clinics in Martin County and two clinics in St. Lucie County. The Tradition Medical Center is six stories high, encompasses more than 200,000 square feet and cost $110 million. It has 90 beds to start, four operating rooms, an emergency department and intensive care units. The medical center’s neighbors in the Tradition Center for Innovation are VGTI – which stands for the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida -- the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. and the Mann Research Center. Martin Health System already has collaborated with VGTI on research and may do the same with Torrey Pines. If the Treasure Coast is becoming the Research Coast, then the Tradition Center for Innovation is a hub. The new Tradition Medical Center plans to begin treating patients on December 18th. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.