Select Medical announced plans to build a new specialty hospital to include critical illness recovery and inpatient rehabilitative care in the Dr. Phillips suburb of Orlando. The state-of-the-art, 63-bed facility will be located at 7450 Sand Lake Commons Blvd.
“We have seen a tremendous growing need for post-ICU and inpatient rehabilitative care across the Central Florida region,” said Tom Mullin, executive vice president of hospital operations at Select Medical. “Florida’s population grew faster than anywhere else in the country in 2022, and more than 20 percent of the state’s population is over 65. With that comes a demand for access to world-class post-acute care to help patients heal and recover from chronic, critical illness or catastrophic injury so they may return to quality of life and back to community.”
Select Medical currently operates two critical illness recovery hospitals (licensed as long-term acute care) in Orlando as well as 11 additional critical illness recovery hospitals and three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units throughout the state of Florida.
Expected to open in late 2024, the new Select Specialty Hospital will serve patients recovering from chronic, medically-complex conditions and debilitating illnesses as well as injuries including stroke and other neurological disorders, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and other orthopedic conditions.
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Lee Health has numerous projects in the works to address health care needs in fast-growing Cape Coral.
They range from adding physician offices so more specialty services are closer to home for residents, including pediatric care, to expansions at Cape Coral Hospital, according to Dave Kistel, vice president and chief facilities executive.
The board for the publicly-operated hospital system recently approved a contract amendment to expand the Surfside Medical Facility at Veterans Parkway and Surfside Boulevard. The total project cost is $10.4 million and is targeted for completion in January 2024.
The phase-two project involves adding 15,000 square feet of space to the two-story outpatient complex.
Specialists employed by Lee Physician Group in orthopedics, endocrinology, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine will go into the new space.
Lee Physician Group currently does not have specialists in orthopedics or endocrinology in Cape Coral so that will become a first in both fields, Kistel said. Rheumatologists have been part time and will become available full time, he said. Outpatient-based rehabilitation medicine has been available at Cape Coral Hospital but is maxed out so the expansion at Surfside will offer a second location.
Overall the expansion of Surfside will mean some patients won’t need to commute to Fort Myers for specialty care with Lee Physician Group and wait times to see other specialists will improve, Kistel said.
Cape Coral Growing By Leaps And Bounds
Cape Coral and its geographic area of 120 square miles has faced steady population growth and is now the eighth largest city in Florida with 204,510 residents, up from 154,305 residents in 2010. City leaders in 2021 projected 50-year growth to 430,000 residents.
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A new medical office building has been proposed on 3.9 vacant acres near Disney.
The three-story, 59,460-square-foot medical office building would go on the corner of Silverlake Park Drive and Village Lake Road in Horizon West, about 7 miles from Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital. The building, which would have 19,820 square feet per floor.
Dr. Niral Patel, an internal medicine specialist in Windermere, owns the land through three entities and proposed the project. The project is seeking a preliminary review by Orange County, and no meeting date is set yet.
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AdventHealth plans to build a new health and wellness campus in southeast Orlando’s Lake Nona community with a 120-bed hospital that may cost north of an estimated $75 million.
The Altamonte Springs-based nonprofit health system — with $6.5 billion in Central Florida revenue — filed plans with the city of Orlando to build a 250,000-square-foot hospital, a 50,000-square-foot medical office building and a parking garage.
Doug Harcombe, CEO of AdventHealth’s south market, which includes Osceola and Orange counties, told Orlando Business Journal construction should start on the new hospital this summer and be finished in late 2025. The general contractor for the project hasn’t been chosen yet.
“Lake Nona is a unique, innovative and rapidly growing community,” Harcombe said. “We plan to expand our care network and better serve the residents and visitors alike.”
A hospital of that size may cost about $70 million to build, while a medical office building that size could cost about $5 million, according to industry standards.
AdventHealth would build the project on a 67.8-acre site it owns east of Narcoossee Road and north of State Road 417 at 10999 Narcoossee Road. That property is across the road from its existing 19,000-square-foot AdventHealth Lake Nona ER at 10080 Lake Nona Blvd., which it opened in 2020. The number of employees for the new campus has yet to be determined.
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Charlotte, NC-based Flagship Healthcare Properties, an outpatient healthcare real estate firm, has acquired a newly built, Class A medical office building located in Winter Garden, Florida.
The property was acquired through Flagship Healthcare Properties‘ private real estate investment trust, Flagship Healthcare Trust. Flagship Healthcare Properties will also provide property management and asset management services for the property.
The 23,241-square-foot property, located at 12323 W Colonial Drive, is anchored by AdventHealth Well 65+, a primary care practice. The property benefits nearby hospital systems such as AdventHealth Winter Garden and Orlando Health – Health Central.
The Winter Garden area is known for its West Orange Healthcare District, a former healthcare investor that amassed more than $245 million for the community in 2022.
“As Orlando’s population has continued to swell, bedroom communities like Winter Garden have benefited and are experiencing explosive growth with an increased need in support services such as patient-focused healthcare,” said Flagship Healthcare Properties EVP of acquisitions Gerald Quattlebaum.