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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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Brooks Rehabilitation plans to expand its presence in Orlando significantly.

The Jacksonville-based rehabilitation care organization will open five local outpatient clinics through the end of 2021 for a combined $1.9 million in build-out costs; as well as five more new locations in 2022 and another five in 2023.

Brooks Rehabilitation is expanding here due to the area’s high population growth, Ann Leinenwever, vice president of outpatient for Brooks Rehabilitation, told Orlando Business Journal. The company’s market analysis also showed a need for “more specialized rehabilitative services to the greater Orlando region, particularly in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, oncology rehabilitation and pelvic health rehabilitation.”

Locations where Brooks will open in the next several months include:

  • 1700 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando: This 3,048-square foot location will open in August and focus on physical therapy. It will employ four physical therapists and one front desk staff member. It will cost about $335,280, or $110 per square foot, for build-out.
  • 339 Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee: The 2,519-square-foot location will open in September and focus on physical therapy. It will have three physical therapists and one front desk staff member. It will cost about $277,090 for build-out.
  • 15508 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden: The 3,157-square-foot location will open in October and focus on physical therapy, with four physical therapists and one front desk staff member. It will cost about $347,270 for build-out.
  • 2435 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando: The 3,257-square-foot location will open in November and focus on physical therapy with four physical therapists and one front desk staff member. It will cost about $358,270 for build-out.
  • 2616 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont: The 5,000-square-foot location will open next January, and provide physical, occupational and speech therapies. It will have five physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one speech therapist, one front desk staff member and one rehab tech. It will cost about $550,000 for build-out.


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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