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AdventHealth has submitted plans showing that it intends to build medical offices and a hospital on the former Holy Land Experience site in Orlando, according to a report in GrowthSpotter.

According to a recently submitted application to Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board, the health system won’t be demolishing the existing three-story auditorium nor the existing Holy Land building directly across yet.

Instead, AdventHealth intends to build around the structures at 4655 and 4615 Vineland Road, and embark on a two-phase development plan, called AdventHealth Millenia, that involves building a four-story, 80,000 square foot medical office building (Phase 1) and a five-story, 261,500-square-foot hospital (Phase 2).

Included in plans for the first phase are a helipad, which will require a Conditional Use Permit, and associated surface parking.

The first floor of the medical office building will feature a 20,000-square-foot of Emergency Room.

The second floor will have 20,000 square feet of medical office space and the third and fourth floors will feature 19,000 square feet each consisting of either medical office uses or ambulatory surgical centers.

Phase 1 will also include building the master infrastructure to serve future phases of the hospital. According to the plans, AdventHealth is still considering demolishing the current Holy Land Experience structures for future phases.

Kimley-Horn is the civil engineer assigned to the project. The proposed plans are set to go before Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board on Feb. 15.

Earlier this summer, the hospital system paid $32 million for the 14.2-acre site on the northeast corner of Vineland Road and Conroy Road.

The Christian theme park’s parent company, Trinity Broadcasting Network, had struggled to keep the business afloat. Shortly before the pandemic struck, Holy Land Experience ended all of its stage shows and laid off much of its workforce.

AdventHealth is one of the largest faith-based health systems in Florida. Its Central Florida division has more than 20 hospitals and ERs across seven counties.


Source:  Orlando Sentinel


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Flagler Health+ purchased 70 acres of property in Palm Coast with plans to build a comprehensive health complex, including a hospital, on the west side of the U.S. 1 and Palm Coast Parkway intersection, officials announced.

“The scope and timing of the hospital campus project is still in development,” said hospital spokeswoman Gina Mangus in an emailed statement. “We are excited to bring locally based hospital care and more services to the region that truly serve the unique needs of this very special community.”

The hospital system paid more than $2.2 million for the property, according to Flagler County Chairman Joe Mullins.

This is the second new hospital announced in Flagler County this year. In January, AdventHealth, which operates the only operational hospital in the county, announced plans to construct a $145-million, 100-bed hospital off Palm Coast Parkway near Bridgehaven Drive. The hospital system broke ground in September and the facility is expected to open in the spring of 2023.

Palm Coast Mayor David Alfin said the city needs more health-care services.

“This will be another defining moment in the history of the City of Palm Coast as we welcome a second health-care service provider network into the city,” Alfin said Monday. “The demographic obviously supports health care and we look forward to the new arrival to broaden the variety of services and increase the service level of care to residents.”

Flagler Health+, which also operates Flagler Hospital in St. Johns County, did not provide details regarding cost, timeframe or a name for the new hospital.

“To ensure the community’s needs are being met, our strategy team conducted a market study which demonstrates that there is a need for additional outpatient care, acute care services and inpatient beds,” Mangus said in her statement. “With that, we are currently in discussions with UF Health regarding a collaborative approach to best achieve this.”

Mullins hopes the hospital will be up and running within the next year.

“They still need to go through planning and zoning,” he said.

But according to Mullins, Flagler Health+ will start collaborating with the county as early as next month with the addition of behavioral health services.

Flagler County’s Medical Needs

The county has been in talks with Flagler Health+ for the past two years, according to Mullins.

“We sat down with them a few years ago and have been working with them the last two years looking at locations,” Mullins said. “We’re very excited. They are committed to being a very strong community partner and have started working with us on mental health needs.”

The county, along with the cities of Palm Coast and Bunnell, have been working together to try and address the community’s medical needs, according to Mullins. Their hope is to turn Flagler County into a medical hub.

“This will bring high-paying jobs and services that the whole region can use, not just our county,” Mullins said. “They are recession-proof jobs. You just see an industry that is needed all the time.”

But for the moment, the most urgent needs are mental health services, labor and delivery, and other trauma-related services, according to Mullins.

“We need these services,” he said. “We have one of the top suicide rates in the state of Florida, no mental health services, zero labor and delivery and we’ve seen so many people come into the area that need them.”

Right now, AdventHealth Palm Coast is the only hospital in the county, and while it has stepped up to help care for the elderly in Flagler County, it has not been able to meet the additional needs for the younger population, according to Mullins.

Anyone needing labor and delivery or trauma services must travel to Volusia County to either Halifax Health or AdventHealth Daytona Beach or to Flagler Hospital in St. Johns County.

“As we step up as a community, these services are needed,” he said. “Flagler County is not gonna sit back and wait any longer for these things to happen. We’re going to get ahead of it.”

Adding another hospital will expand care options for residents across not just Palm Coast but the county as well.

“I think the market supports the competing health-care networks to the benefit of our residents,” Alfin said. “I believe there are enough patients and people who will use the hospital here to support what will now be three campuses. All of our residents in the City of Palm Coast will be in close proximity to all of the health-care services that they demand.”

Other Expansions By Flagler Health+

Flagler Health+ recently reached a clinical agreement with UF Health that includes expanding graduate medical education programs and an array of clinical services across Northeast Florida.

This will include new primary care sites in St. Johns and Flagler counties. Details have not yet been released as they are still under discussion, according to a hospital system press release.

Civil engineering work is currently underway on 7 acres that Flagler Health+ owns at the southwest corner of Matanzas Woods Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway where the it will build a signature health village, according to the release. The Palm Coast health village will incorporate family practice, behavioral health services, orthopedics, specialty care, imaging and laboratory services.

Flagler Health+ has already expanded its footprint in Flagler County with the addition of an orthopedics practice in the Palm Coast Town Center, a primary care office on Old Kings Road, and a virtual walk-in clinic located inside Publix.

In February, Care Connect+ also opened an office inside Flagler Health+ Specialty Care at 50 Cypress Point Parkway to better serve and coordinate care.

Care Connect+ awarded four Innovators Micro Grants to Flagler County nonprofit organizations to support programs for people experiencing homelessness, hunger, behavioral health issues, financial instability, or lack of access to transportation, medication or health care in Flagler County, according to the release.


Source:  The St. Augustine Record

HCA Oviedo Land Purchase

An HCA Healthcare Inc. entity on Oct. 22 bought some vacant property near AdventHealth‘s corporate headquarters.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based health system’s Oviedo Medical Center LLC bought 14.67 vacant acres on Forest City Road from an entity tied to Orlando-based MMI DevelopmentMaitland West LLLP — on Oct. 22 for $15.5 million, according to Orange County property records. Executives with HCA Healthcare and MMI Development were not available for comment.

The property is at the southeast corner of State Road 414 and Forrest City Road abutting the Orange/Seminole county line. Of note, the site is across State Road 414 from AdventHealth’s corporate headquarters at 900 Hope Way in Seminole County.

HCA does not have a hospital or freestanding emergency room facilities in that area near the site at this time.


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The owner of Orlando Christian theme park The Holy Land Experience has sold to health care giant AdventHealth in one of Central Florida’s most high-profile property sales so far this year.

Holy Land Experience Ministries Inc. — an entity related to Tustin, California-based theme park operator and landowner Trinity Broadcasting Network — sold 14 acres at 4655 Vineland Road for $32 million to Adventist Health System Sunbelt Inc., an entity related to the Altamonte Springs-based nonprofit health care system, according to Orange County records.

The deal closed Aug. 2.

The sale appears to only include the theme park and not the rest of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s roughly 65 acres, which includes several office buildings.


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Several properties are hitting the market in a hot corner near downtown Orlando, College Park and Winter Park.

Roughly 3.4 acres are for sale southeast of Wilkinson Street and Orange Avenue near AdventHealth‘s downtown Orlando campus.

JLL‘s John Gilbert and Darryl Hoffman are marketing the properties separately, but combined they may offer a larger redevelopment opportunity which could create jobs and provide new amenities to residents, workers and more.

No one is under contract to buy the properties, which feature roughly 38,000 square feet of commercial space built between 1958-1981, Orange County records show.

Property owners include John W Davies Revocable Living Trust, Orlando Dental Medical Center Inc. and 600 Wilkinson LLLP. Combined, the properties have a market value of $5.8 million, according to the Orange County Property Appraiser. Some parcels have approvals for future development. For example, the 1-acre 600 Wilkinson St., which features an 11,500-square-foot building with short-term leases, can be converted into a 60,000-square-foot, four-story office building with parking garage, according to marketing materials.


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AdventHealth on Tuesday broke ground on a new state-of-the-art building that will serve as Florida headquarters for Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.

At 12 stories and 300,000 square feet, the building will be a major addition to the Orlando skyline, located next to Interstate 4 just north of the Princeton Street exit in the Health Village.

“Our community is growing, and we are seeing an increasing need for specialized care,” said Dr. Duane Davis, chief physician executive of the institutes for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “This building will allow us to expand our services, bringing world-class clinicians together in a single, convenient location.”

In addition, the tower will include space for other AdventHealth services including neuroscience, imaging, rehabilitation, and research, offering comprehensive outpatient care, all in one convenient location.

“This project will have a big economic impact, both in construction jobs and in bringing more high-paying medical jobs to downtown Orlando,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The tower is slated to open in late 2022.


Source:  Fox35 Orlando

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A number of projects are expected to grow the presence of health care providers in the area this year.

Each of the region’s three largest health care systems — Orlando Health, AdventHealth and HCA Healthcare Inc. — are slated to open new facilities, including hospitals, medical office buildings and freestanding emergency rooms.

These established players aren’t the only ones with construction projects on the books. Jacksonville-based Brooks Rehabilitation plans to open a rehab hospital in Lake Nona, its first in the Orlando area.

Non-health care companies also have medical projects in the works. For example, Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart Inc. is bringing a new health care concept to a few of its local stores.

Medical construction projects like these represent opportunities to add construction jobs, as well as provide huge-value projects for companies. Additionally, new health care facilities are needed in areas where the population is growing.

One example is multinational construction firm Skanska signing a $64 million contract to build Orlando Health’s 370,000-square foot, $341 million Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. The project — which is expected to be completed by second-quarter 2023 — will create roughly 1,000 temporary construction jobs along with 500 permanent health care jobs.


Source:  OBJ


AdventHealth plans to build a new facility near its downtown-area campus.

The Altamonte Springs-based nonprofit health system is seeking city of Orlando approval for a 12-story medical office building with a parking garage at a listed address of 225 E. Rollins St.

The project — codenamed “Project Lego” and slated to be built on 15 parcels of land — has not submitted additional project documents with the city of Orlando yet, said city spokeswoman Samantha Holsten.

AdventHealth representatives declined to comment.

The health system is being represented by Orlando-based GrayRobinson law firm for its application seeking site plan approval.

The facility would be built inside AdventHealth Health Village, a 172-acre mixed-use community surrounding AdventHealth’s downtown Orlando campus. The longterm plan for the district includes:

  • Room for up to 800 additional hospital beds
  • 600,000 square feet of medical office space
  • 100,000 square feet of general office space
  • 100,000 square feet of retail space
  • Up to 670 residential units
  • A future hotel

Some of that residential development already has kicked off in the area. Orlando-based Ustler Group of Cos. and Atlanta-based Wood Partners are underway on construction of the 285-unit Alta at Health Village apartment complex at Orange Avenue and Winter Park Street, which is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Ustler Group of Cos. President Craig Ustler supports having a diverse mix of real estate uses there, because they help enliven the area and add to the hospital’s presence, he told Orlando Business Journal.


Source:  OBJ

A new unit at the AdventHealth Orlando campus will bring some innovative tools for the hospital system to care for patients across its footprint.

The nonprofit health care provider on Aug. 28 opened its approximately $20 million, 12,000-square-foot Mission Control Center, which it created in partnership with GE Healthcare Partners. The fourth-floor unit will allow the hospital to manage factors such as emergency vehicle dispatch, patient care management and sorting patients between units with the help of artificial intelligence to make decisions.

“AdventHealth is at the leading edge in deploying this technology to help provide the best, most efficient care possible for our patients,” Daryl Tol, president and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, said in a prepared statement. “While the command center is invisible to patients, our team of experts will be there around the clock to make sure patients receive the care they need, quickly and safely.”

The 24-hour center will be run by 50 staff members from several fields, including Emergency Medical Services and flight dispatch, nurses and transit specialists. In total, the unit will oversee 2,900-plus patient beds at nine AdventHealth hospitals in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

AdventHealth is not the only hospital in the state to adapt a Mission Control to try to improve patient care. Tampa General Hospital last week opened an 8,000-square-foot center in partnership with GE Healthcare Partners in room that previously housed servers for the hospital, sister paper Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

That facility, dubbed CareComm, first opened last December in a temporary space and has helped the hospital and its patients realize $10 million in savings. The facility also decreased readmissions by 5% and cut hospital admission costs from $9,000 to $8,500 on average per patient.

Founded in 1908, the $3.36 billion nonprofit AdventHealth system provided $196 million in uncompensated health care in its Central Florida division in 2018. Its holdings include 11 local hospitals in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Celebration, Winter Garden, Longwood, Kissimmee and Apopka; urgent care centers, imaging and diagnostic centers, laboratories, and sports medicine and rehabilitation centers.


Source: OBJ

AdventHealth once again will add on to its Kissimmee campus to meet the area’s growing health care needs.

The Altamonte Springs-based health care provider is set to build an $84 million, 123,000-square-foot expansion on top of its existing three-story patient tower. The three-story project, expected to be completed by fall 2021,will add 80 beds to AdventHealth Kissimmee and bring its total bed county to 240.

There will be 40 beds each on the fifth and sixth floors of the expansion, while the fourth floor will be held as shell space and can accommodate an additional 40 beds in the future, AdventHealth spokesman David Breen told Orlando Business Journal.

Expanding the hospital is needed, as it had an increased patient count in 2018 with more than 9,000 admissions and 67,000 emergency room visits. That’s up from 8,274 and 62,919 respectively for those totals in 2017, according to OBJ research.

“This investment illustrates our commitment to the health of the Kissimmee community,” AdventHealth Kissimmee CEO Sheila Rankin said in a prepared statement. “We are dedicated to providing whole-person care close to home for the growing population of Osceola County in the years to come.”

Preliminary elevator shaft work for the project already has begun, with work on the future floors expected to begin this fall. Nashville, Tennessee-based ESa is the architect on the project, and Birmingham, Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie L.L.C. is the general contractor.

The project is expected to create 500 construction jobs and a yet-to-be determined amount of health care positions, according to the company.

AdventHealth Kissimmee opened an expanded emergency department in 2014, along with the original 80-bed patient tower in July 2015. The hospital is currently in progress on a $26 million, 27,000-square-foot addition of four surgical rooms with state-of-the-art lighting, robotic services, camera and recording capabilities, set to be completed in January 2020.

Meanwhile, here are some more AdventHealth hospitals being built out or growing inpatient facilities in Central Florida:

• AdventHealth Winter Garden: A $200 million, 300,000-square-foot, seven-story 100-bed patient tower at 2000 Fowler Grove Blvd. Project should be completed in 2021.

• AdventHealth Celebration: $88 million, five-story patient tower at 400 Celebration Place in Celebration. Project initially will have 76 beds and includes shell space for up to 84 more beds at buildout. Completion expected in early 2020.

• AdventHealth Fish Memorial: $100 million, four-story expansion at 1055 Saxon Blvd. in Volusia County’s Orange City. Project will add 50 beds along with an expanded emergency department. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Founded in 1908, the $3.36 billion nonprofit AdventHealth system headed up by CEO Daryl Tol provided $45.3 million in uncompensated health care in 2016. In addition to the Kissimmee campus, its holdings include:

• 10 local hospitals in downtown Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, east Orlando, Celebration, Winter Garden, Longwood and Apopka

• 24 Centra Care (urgent care) centers and 2 Kids Urgent Care centers

• 24 imaging and diagnostic centers

• 15 Lab Care locations

• 18 Sports Medicine & Rehab locations

• 2,500-plus doctors in 123 medical specialties


Source: OBJ