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Lee Health continues to expand in Estero as it plans to open primary care medical offices near Hertz Arena in 2022.

The building would sit at the southern corner of Ben Hill Griffin and Everblades parkways as part of the Shoppes at University Highland development. Three other buildings, including a Starbucks and Stretchlab, make up the site.

Lee Health would lease a two-story building that is working its way through the Village of Estero application process. The developer is finalizing architectural plans before going before the Planning, Zoning and Design Board for approval. The Village Council will then take a final vote.

The office will be the first for Lee Health near Corkscrew Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. The health care provider wants a location closer to Florida Gulf Coast University and the growing area, Little stated.

“As a community-owned health system, Lee Health is committed to meeting the health care needs of our growing community,” Little stated. “This facility brings access to high-quality primary care closer to people’s homes and strengthens our efforts to provide convenient outpatient services in the ever-evolving health care landscape.”

Lee Health will lease the building from SREG University Highlands LLC. The developer is making small adjustments to the design after receiving critiques from the Estero design board. The board said small changes were needed, including window ornamentation and possible wall decoration.

“We’re trying to make (the building) complimentary by matching the building colors and window styles,” said John Conroy of South Real Estate Group.

The development has entrances from Highland Oaks Drive and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. A parking lot and outside landscaping is already in place. The four-building development began in 2017.

Lee Health Coconut Point opened in Estero less than three years ago, and the health care provider is looking to expand further into the Village.

“Given our region’s growth, both of these facilities will complement each other to meet the growing health care needs of the community,” Little stated. “Lee Health Coconut Point provides convenient access to quality care, and we aim to bring that same experience to other parts of our region.”

 

 

Source:  Naples Daily News

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A new medical office building is in the works for vacant land near a future hospital in Winter Garden.

Orlando-based Central Florida Pulmonary Group PA is the applicant for the planned 20,587-square-foot building at 1680 Marcel Drive, according to permits filed with the city of Winter Garden. City documents show the valuation of the project at $4 million.

The project requires city approvals before the start of construction.

Central Florida Pulmonary Group representatives could not be reached for comment.

The 1.5-acre parcel of land is owned by CF Pulmonary Real Estate Winter Garden LLC, an entity connected to CF Pulmonary.

Meanwhile, just 3.3 miles from that site, AdventHealth is building a 227,000-square-foot, five-story, 80-bed hospital patient tower that will convert the freestanding Winter Garden ER into a full-service hospital. That is expected to open next spring near the Winter Garden Village shopping center.

Founded in 1982, Central Florida Pulmonary Group has locations in downtown Orlando, east Orlando and Altamonte Springs. Its website lists 18 doctors and eight physician assistants and nurses.

 

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While much has been made about COVID-19’s impact on everything from office to retail and hotels, there’s one property type that’s keenly feeling its effect: the health care sector.

Hospitals and medical facilities have fundamentally changed their operations since the pandemic ripped across the nation in early 2020. Sanitization and social-distancing needs became paramount; telemedicine went from fringe to mainstream; and the care of aging patients, especially in areas like Florida with large populations of senior citizens, came front and center. That’s shifting the design of new health care facilities, including projects like Miami’s Vertical Medical City Biscayne, which are trending towards mixed-use complexes that fuse health care with accessibility.

Developers are experimenting with models where patients don’t have to leave their neighborhoods to get the care they need. The trend is driven by the demand among South Florida’s many baby-boomer residents for community-based wellness centers that incorporate apartments, condos, medical-grade pharmacies and advanced medical services on the same campus.

Some developers are acquiring vacant 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot retail centers for conversion to mixed-use wellness centers.

Developer Tabitha Ponte’s Orlando-based company, Ponte Health Properties, is planning a mixed-use, health care city of the future for Miami’s downtown. Vertical Medical City Biscayne, a triple-tower, high-rise complex designed to provide comprehensive health care for people over the age of 60, will combine medical offices, outpatient surgery areas, a life science research component, and a residential component of up to 800 senior-living units that will offer both independent and memory care options. A small on-site hotel would provide short-term recovery from outpatient surgery outside of a hospital setting.

Ponte envisions a network of similar projects across the U.S., starting in Florida. The first project, in Orlando, is about to break ground. And Miami’s Vertical Medical City Biscayne, which was pushed back a bit by the pandemic, will follow next year.

When it comes to new construction, the key is more flexible design options that include adaptive reuse.

Location is also critical. By and large, hospitals and single-purpose properties are giving way to more outpatient centers and ambulatory service centers located within the neighborhoods they serve.

Interior design changes include finishing floors with porcelain or vinyl tiles, rather than carpets and selecting fabrics that don’t absorb moisture. Upgrading air filtration and exhaust systems is critical. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that large commercial properties upgrade air filters to the highest efficiency possible that is compatible with the system and check the filter fit to minimize filter air bypass.

Renovations could also include electronic patient screening at the entrance to medical buildings and monitors that guide patients to individual waiting rooms, eliminating the need for person-to-person contact until the patient enters the doctor’s office, as well as touch-free innovations, such as doors that open and shut automatically, and lights that turn themselves on and off.

 

Source:  Commercial Observer

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A health group is buying five South Florida hospitals for $1.1 billion. Their new owner has strong regional ties.

Dallas-based Steward Health is purchasing North Shore Medical Center, Florida Medical Center, Coral Gables Hospital, Hialeah Hospital and Palmetto General Hospital from Tenet Healthcare Corp., which is also based in Dallas.

Steward, led by Cuban American and Floridian Dr. Ralph de la Torre, is among the largest physician-owned healthcare networks in the U.S., with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 healthcare professionals. In addition to de la Torre, several of Steward’s senior leaders have close ties to South Florida. Dr. Octavio Diaz, Steward’s chief medical officer, previously practiced in South Florida and worked at several of the acquired facilities; while Rubén J. King-Shaw Jr., Steward’s Chief Strategy Officer, served as COO for Neighborhood Health Partnership before becoming Florida’s Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration under former Gov. Jeb Bush.

“As a Floridian with close family ties to the area, I am proud of Steward’s significant investment in the people of South Florida, whose tight-knit communities and vibrant diversity have always represented the very best of American culture,” de la Torre said in a statement.

Steward’s operations will be directed by Dr. Sanjay Shetty, president of Steward North America. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.

Tenet’s ambulatory facilities, operated by United Surgical Partners International, will remain with Tenet and are not included in the transaction.

 

Source:  Miami Herald

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The Westside Medical Arts Building near Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation sold for $15.5 million.

Westside Medical Center Development LLC, managed by Dhvanit Patel of Tampa-based Onicx, sold the 40,296-square-foot medical office building at 8251 W. Broward Blvd. to Westside MOB LLC, in care of Irvine, California-based Healthpeak Properties, an investor in medical office properties nationwide. The price equated to $385 per square foot.

The building sits on a 19,301-square-foot site leased from the owner of the hospital. The deed was for an assignment of the land lease, not the underlying land.

 

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Easton & Associates advised a publicly-traded healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) on the acquisition of a 32,758-square-foot medical office building in Tallahassee.

The REIT paid $9 million cash for the asset in an off-market deal that closed June 2.  The seller was Realco, a family office based in West Viriginia.

The two-story building, located at 1803 Miccosukee Commons Dr., was built for Tallahassee Primary Care Associates (TPCA) which currently occupies the entire space on a long-term lease.   TPCA is one of the largest primary care medical practices in Northwest Florida, employing more than 50 practitioners across the Florida panhandle and parts of Georgia.

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Brooks Rehabilitation announced its purchase of 14 acres near the State Road 207-Interstate 95 interchange for a future facility.

According to a release from Brooks, the property was selected based on its strategic location and the significant growth occurring in St. Johns County.

Many health care organizations are expanding into St. Johns County or increasing operations there. The county has seen startling population growth in recent years, going from about 191,000 residents in 2010 to about 264,000 by 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Baptist Health also owns land at that intersection but has not announced its specific plans for the property.

“Brooks has been a recognized leader in physical rehabilitation for more than 50 years. Purchasing this land is an investment in the long-term future expansion of our system of care,” said Doug Baer, president and CEO of Brooks Rehabilitation, in the release. “While we do not have immediate plans for its specific use, we want to position Brooks to meet the rehabilitation needs of this rapidly growing region.”

Brooks currently operates seven outpatient therapy clinics in St. Johns County with more than 40 throughout Florida.

 

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