AdventHealth broke ground last week on AdventHealth Minneola, an 80-bed hospital that will bring inpatient care to the growing population of south Lake County. Leaders and community members came together to mark the start of construction.
The four-story hospital will be located on Hancock Road at Florida’s Turnpike, off the Minneola interchange.
The facility will be approximately 204,000 square feet and includes an emergency department; full-service imaging; five operating suites; endoscopy services; outpatient laboratory; heart catheterization labs; 40 critical care patient rooms and 40 general medical or surgical rooms. These new services will meet a significant need in south Lake County which has seen a shortage of physicians in nearly every specialty.
As part of AdventHealth’s $271 million investment in the community’s health care infrastructure, AdventHealth Minneola will serve as a beacon of hope and healing. A recent study by Sg2, a health care consulting agency, estimates the population of Minneola will increase by 13% in the next five years, making the provision of high-quality acute care services critical.
“We are committed to providing convenient, whole-person care close to home, wherever consumers live in Central Florida,” said Kari Vargas, CEO of AdventHealth’s Northwest Market. “With a fast-growing population and a community need for additional access to primary and specialty care, we look forward to offering the residents of South Lake a complete range of exceptional, compassionate care.”
The Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA) reports that over 45% of residents of this community leave the county to receive inpatient services.
“In many cases, we know that the best medical care is care that is close to home,” said Dr. Nicholas McAlister, director of emergency medicine at AdventHealth Clermont and Winter Garden. “For many residents of this community, that care hasn’t been available, which leads them to leave the area if they need hospital services. This facility will allow more of those people to receive world-class care closer to home.”
The Minneola campus joins AdventHealth’s growing network of inpatient and outpatient services in the South Lake and West Orange communities. The hospital will be located in a new and up-and-coming development, as well as within walking distance of shopping, entertainment, housing, and green space.
“It is an honor for me and my fellow City Council members to welcome AdventHealth to Minneola,” said Mayor Pat Kelley. “The presence of AdventHealth in our community will further accelerate the development of our economic development zone. AdventHealth Minneola hospital will not only offer residents a health care provider to proud of, but also bring good high-paying health care jobs to our community.”
Upon completion, the hospital will bring 500 jobs to the community.
The architect is ESa and the general contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie. AdventHealth Minneola is scheduled to open in late 2025.