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Orlando Health unveiled plans to reimagine its current Seminole County campus as a healthcare hub in downtown Longwood, anchored by a new free-standing emergency department (FSED).

Plans call for the FSED to be built and ready to serve the community in the summer of 2024, concurrent with the closure of Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital and the opening of the new Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital.

Leaders at Orlando Health and officials with the City of Longwood are working together to create a destination for residents that complements the redesigned Reiter Park. The current campus is envisioned to include a 15-acre town center for the City of Longwood comprising a high-quality mix of multi-family residential, retail and office uses.

“We’re very proud of our nearly 40-year history here in Longwood as a hospital caring for so many people in our community and as one of the largest employers in the area,” says Shawn Molsberger, senior vice president of Orlando Health’s northeast region and president of Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital. “Working closely with the city, we’re making an investment into our community that allows us to continue providing a high level of care while bringing in new amenities that will further enhance the quality of life for Longwood residents.”

Most of the Longwood campus will be redeveloped, leaving two existing medical office buildings to continue offering important services such as cardiology, pulmonology, rehabilitation, general surgery, infectious disease, and urology. Plans are also underway to relocate behavioral health services at South Seminole Hospital to a new Central Florida location, where Orlando Health will develop a new dedicated facility to allow for greater access to clinical mental health services. An announcement on the new behavioral health project is expected soon. Construction on the new Longwood FSED is expected to begin in early 2023.


Source:  Orlando Health

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Orlando Health is expanding in the Tampa Bay area with plans for a new hospital in Wiregrass Ranch, a high-quality, master-planned community of more than 5,000 acres.

Located at the northeast corner of the intersection of State Road 56 and Wiregrass Ranch Boulevard, Orlando Health Wiregrass Ranch Hospital will be easily accessible for residents living in Pasco County and northern Hillsborough County.

“With the tremendous growth on Florida’s West Coast, we are truly excited to have Orlando Health meet the needs of this region,” said John Moore, senior vice president of Orlando Health’s West region. “At Orlando Health Wiregrass Ranch Hospital, we will provide a broad range of healthcare services, all in one convenient location. Patients will receive exceptional emergency and inpatient care from clinical experts in multiple specialties, the highest quality diagnostic services, and seamless access to all of Orlando Health’s trusted primary and specialty care providers.”

A site plan submitted to Pasco County provides a glimpse into the ultimate 300-bed multi-story hospital and wellness campus.

“We are thrilled to welcome an amazing health system like Orlando Health to our Wiregrass Ranch Community,” said J.D. Porter, Wiregrass Ranch Inc.  “Access to the best healthcare has always been a foundation of the Wiregrass Ranch community and Orlando Health’s excellent track record of putting patients first will no doubt serve our vibrant and growing population looking for high quality healthcare, and a great foundation to our town center.”

The property purchase is slated to close later this fall. An official groundbreaking and opening date will be announced at a later date.


Source:  Orlando Health

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There’s no lack of health care projects in Orlando so far in the first six months of 2022 — bringing more construction and jobs into the area.

Major care systems like AdventHealth and Orlando Health are finishing up respective projects estimated in the millions of dollars.

For example, Orlando Health has plans to wrap up its $341 million, 370,000-square-foot Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Center during 2023. Also, Altamonte Springs-based AdventHealth is finishing its 12-story, 300,000-square-foot Innovation Tower medical office building in downtown Orlando later this year and is preparing a new freestanding emergency department and medical office on the former site of The Holy Land Experience in Orlando’s Millenia neighborhood.

Nationally, the activity is following the same trend. Raleigh, North Carolina-based FMI Corp. expects health care construction spending in the U.S. to go from $53 billion in 2022 to $62 billion in 2025. That is due to demand for services for an aging population and the addition of people to certain parts of the country.

Jeff Butler, senior pre-construction manager in Florida for Birmingham, Alabama-based Robins & Morton, previously told Orlando Business Journal his company has seen a lot of local health care systems and companies invest in facilities due to the area’s population growth and other factors.

“We are seeing more health systems add capacity to their hospital campuses, from inpatient beds to emergency, imaging and specialty care services,” Butler said. “We believe some of this is a response to the lack of bed availability throughout the Covid pandemic, but we also believe it’s a reaction to aging infrastructure.”

Here are some of the largest health care projects proposed so far in metro Orlando:

Healthcare Trust of America Olympus medical office

  • Cost: Estimated at $100 million
  • Description: Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE: HTA) has proposed 175,000 square feet of space, including a 96,000-square-foot building in the first phase inside the Olympus mixed-use development in Clermont. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company is targeting the start of construction either this December or January 2023.

AdventHealth’s two new medical office buildings

  • Cost: Roughly $30 million each, $60 million total
  • Description: AdventHealth will open a new three-story, 58,000-square-foot medical office building with an outpatient surgical center at 950 Rinehart Road in Lake Mary early next year and a new two-story, 36,000-square-foot medical office building will open at 5821 S. Williamson Blvd. in Port Orange in October. Both projects are located next to existing freestanding emergency rooms.

HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital expansion

  • Cost: $9.9 million
  • Description: HCA will build out 13,000 square feet of shell space in the hospital, expanding the hospital’s intensive care unit capacity from six to 12 bed and adding 18 inpatient beds to reach a total of 94. The project is expected to wrap up in spring 2023 after starting construction in May.

Orlando Health Center for Rehabilitation conversion

  • Cost: Not listed
  • Description: Orlando Health is establishing its first rehabilitation hospital in the region by converting the Orlando Health Center for Rehabilitation on the campus of Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital in Ocoee into a 54-bed inpatient facility. The hospital will have room to expand up to 100 beds in the future and is expected to start taking patients in 2023.

HCA Healthcare Inc.’s new Lee Vista emergency room

  • Cost: Not listed
  • Description: The Nashville, Tennessee-based (NYSE: HCA) health system filed plans with the city of Orlando for a 10,860-square-foot, one-story freestanding ER at 5597 Lee Vista Blvd. in Orlando, where it has a ground lease. A timetable for the facility to be built has not been announced yet.


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Residents on the west side of St. Petersburg will soon have easier access to medical care thanks to Bayfront Health’s new state-of-the-art, $37 million facility currently under construction in the Crossroads neighborhood.

City and county officials joined leadership from Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and its parent company, Orlando Health, on March 26 to commemorate the completion of the foundation for the new Bayfront Health Emergency Room & Medical Pavilion – Crossroads. The four-acre site at 1800 66th St. N. will feature a three-story, 42,000-square-foot facility with a 14,000-square-foot emergency room on the ground floor. According to a release, the emergency department will include 12 exam rooms, two resuscitation rooms, six waiting areas and an ambulance bay.

Bayfront Health purchased the property, formerly home to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) facility, in March of 2021. After partnering with Ryan A+E, Inc. and the City of St. Petersburg on a master plan, construction crews broke ground on the site in February. After congratulating all of the project’s stakeholders, Pinellas County Commission Chair Charlie Justice joked that it was also a sad day due to his nostalgic memories of waiting at the former DMV for hours.

“In Pinellas County, we have 24 cities and nearly a million people,” he said. “We know nothing happens without good partners and partnerships, and healthcare for a million people in Pinellas County is also a partnership.

“We’re incredibly grateful for Bayfront Health expanding their reach beyond their scope to now come out to the west side.”

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Owens said her experience in several levels of government, including two presidential administrations, provided a broad perspective on a variety of issues – especially health care. The most important work, she said, takes place locally in communities like St. Pete and through projects like the Crossroads Medical Pavilion.

Owens said the ceremony was more than a celebration for a concrete foundation as it highlighted continued investment in the city’s communities.

“As our city continues to grow, so does the need for increased services,” she added. “It’s partnerships like this that make me excited for the future of the city.”

City Councilmember Copley Gerdes represents District 1, which encompasses the site of the future medical pavilion. He also grew up less than a mile away and said he could hit a golf ball to his current home. Gerdes reminisced of playing sports in the area with his family as a child, which provided many opportunities for minor injuries. He said his family would soon have a shorter distance to travel when seeking care for future mishaps.

Gerdes also noted the large construction site for a new development was an unaccustomed view for residents on the west side of the city and said he hopes it spurs further growth.

“I really have a belief that a building like this can be the anchor for continued development on the west side of St. Petersburg,” he said. “And the great part about that is … giving quality healthcare to our side of town, as well.”

Dr. Traci Ryan, medical director for Bayfront Health’s emergency facilities, told the Catalyst that the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Emergency Room would provide emergency medical care for those living within a 10-mile radius of the site. She said the organization’s closeness with the surrounding community sets it apart from other healthcare providers, and she also noted that many employees grew up in the area.

Ryan said Bayfront focuses on fostering good relationships between its patients and providers and makes a conscientious effort to quickly move patients through its emergency facilities.

“Nobody wants to spend their day in E.R.,” she added. “Generally, our wait times at our freestanding (clinics) are five or 10 minutes, and you’re in and out in … 120 minutes to less than 90 minutes.”

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg has provided health services for the city since 1910, and officials expect the Crossroads Emergency Room & Medical Pavilion to open in the spring of 2023.


Source:  St. Pete Catalyst

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Cushman & Wakefield has brokered the sale of the West Orange Professional Center, a portfolio of two medical office buildings located at 10125 & 10131 W Colonial Dr in Ocoee.

The two-story buildings are located directly across the street from the Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital campus. The 38,537-square-foot portfolio was 88.2% leased with a weighted average lease term of over 5.5 years. The property was acquired by OrbVest and SG Property Services. OrbVest is a global real estate company focused on acquiring healthcare real estate assets across the United States.

Anne Spencer and John Skinner with the Florida Healthcare Advisory Practice in partnership with Travis Ives and Gino Lollio of Cushman & Wakefield’s US Healthcare Capital Markets Team represented the seller, Miami-based Larkspur Properties, in the transaction.

“Desirably located adjacent to a major regional hospital facility, the property was a unique opportunity to acquire a dependable income stream from an esteemed tenant roster combined with a value-add opportunity in the lease-up of vacant space,” said Ives, Managing Director. “During the seller’s ownership, several new tenants were signed to the property that increased the overall occupancy and stability of the asset. This building and location offers exceptional synergy across the healthcare landscape.” 


Spencer, Director said, “Ocoee is part of the greater Orlando MSA, one of the fastest growing regions in the country for its fantastic climate, affordable housing stock and abundance of shopping and employment opportunities. This growth has led to the rising need and demand from medical users, and therefore investors. The market for medical space on and around the property is nearly fully occupied, putting this asset in great position for further potential future success.”

Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital is a 211-bed, general acute care hospital that features nationally accredited programs in orthopedics, spine and heart care. In addition, the hospital recently completed a 30,000-sf cancer treatment facility.


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Orlando Health has made its first acquisition of 2021.

The nonprofit health care system — which has $7.1 billion in assets and $4.5 billion in annual revenue — closed a deal to acquire Leesburg-based FHV Health for an undisclosed price. The multispecialty medical group has 19 physicians and 10 locations, including primary care, cardiology practices and urgent care facilities in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties.

The group’s new name is Orlando Health Medical Group FHV Health. The acquisition will expand its presence in those three counties and advance FHV Health’s ability to provide services to patients, said Dr. Jose R. Rosado, vice chairman, in a prepared statement. FHV Health was founded in 1991 by Dr. David Lew, who is chairman. Its specialties include cardiology, general surgery, endocrinology, kidney disease, urology and primary care.

The 3,200-bed Orlando Health system includes 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments, as well as speciality care across several categories. Nearly 4,200 physicians have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which has about 22,000 employees. In fiscal 2020, Orlando Health served nearly 150,000 inpatients and 3.1 million outpatients.


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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

The city’s oldest and largest hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, is set to be sold to nonprofit health care company Orlando Health, pending a vote by the City Council on July 9.

Community Health Systems Inc., the private company which currently owns the 480-bed facility, announced it had signed an agreement with Orlando Health on Thursday. The news comes about a year after city officials raised concerns about the management of the hospital, which sits on city-owned land and provides care to all, regardless of insurance status.

Orlando Health will take over operations and the long-term lease that Community Health Systems holds with the city, so long as council members approve next month, a news release said. A copy of the proposed lease obtained by the Tampa Bay Times shows it would run for 50 years.

The agreement states Orlando Health must continue to “provide charity care to needy and underserved persons” and “those who may otherwise be unable to afford or obtain care due to various possible adverse circumstances.”

City councilman Robert Blackmon, who was born at Bayfront St. Petersburg, said Friday that continuing the charity care was a “sticking point” in negotiations with Orlando Health. He said he will support the agreement, as did councilwoman Darden Rice.

After a one-on-one conversation with the company’s president and CEO David Strong a couple of months ago, Blackmon said he is confident charity care will continue at the hospital — and be even better under new management.

He pointed to a string of troubles at Bayfront under Community Health Systems, which purchased it in 2013. The hospital has seen layoffs and resignations of top executives, the ending of a partnership with the University of South Florida, and a Department of Justice investigation related to charity care finances in recent years.

Already frustrated, city officials grew more so in early 2019, when then-Bayfront CEO Joe Mullany gave council members a glowing annual report that did not align with problems playing out in public view.

“We’ve had difficult times in the last few years,” Blackmon said. “Orlando Health is the best-situated group to bring (Bayfront) back to the excellence it was once known for.”

Rice called the sale the “only reasonable solution” to the ongoing issues at the hospital.

“Ultimately, the new ownership is what is best for our community,” she said.

The city’s other six council members did not respond to requests for comment Friday. Mayor Rick Kriseman was not available for an interview.

About 15,000 patients were served at Bayfront St. Petersburg in 2018, according to hospital records. As of July 2019, the hospital employed 1,839 people and had 171 open positions.

Officials for Orlando Health declined to be interviewed, instead releasing a statement that said the sale should be final by Sept. 30.

Peter Young, a hospital consultant based in Fort Myers, said Orlando Health, which operates the only Level 1 trauma center in the Orlando area, is in an “expansion moment” of “picking up the skeletal remains” of hospitals in need of rejuvenation.

The purchase of Bayfront St. Petersburg would be the nonprofit’s debut in the Tampa Bay area, and make it so the nonprofit owns 14 total hospitals, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The sale also would mark the second Community Health Systems hospital acquired by Orlando Health, as it purchased Osceola County’s St. Cloud Regional Medical Center in April, the Sentinel reported.

Community Health Systems, based in Tennessee, has sold more than 50 hospitals since 2017 to pay off debt related to its $7.6 billion purchase of Florida’s Health Managed Associates in 2014, according to the National Business Journal.

Bayfront officials declined to be interviewed, and the company released a statement by Sharon Hayes, chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg hospital:

“Orlando Health is well-respected for their work to sustain and enhance medical services, and we are excited to partner with them to benefit our patients and communities,” she wrote. “This is an extraordinary time in health care and together we will continue to provide quality care for our neighbors, friends and family.”


Source:  Tampa Bay Times

The West Orange Healthcare District has plans for a new nonprofit and office building as part of its latest initiatives.

The Ocoee-based organization will create the Foundation for a Healthier West Orange, which will oversee Healthy West Orange, a health-related project launched in 2016 by the district, Orlando Health and Sarasota-based Observer Media Group Inc. The new nonprofit, in turn, will launch a new community resource center in 2020 called the Healthy User Bulletin Board (HUBB), which will help area residents find access to local health care and wellness services.

“There are a whole host of organizations delivering health and wellness programs in our community, but not everyone is aware of them, and if they are, they don’t necessarily know how to access them,” West Orange Healthcare District CEO Tracy Swanson said in a prepared statement. “HUBB will bridge the gap between these programs and the people who can benefit from them.”

With the new nonprofit will come a new building to house the Foundation for a Healthier West Orange and West Orange Health Care District in Winter Garden at the corner of Plant Street and Southwest Crown Point Road, a West Orange Healthcare District spokeswoman told Orlando Business Journal. Construction started on the $4.5 million, 25,000-square-foot building in August 2019 and should be completed in spring 2020.

Notably, more than half of the building’s space will be leased to local organizations and businesses, with the earnings from that going to the foundation’s operations. Orlando-based Baker Barrios Architects is the architect for the project, while Orlando-based McCree General Contractors and Architects general contractor.

Initial funding for the new foundation will come through two grants. The first, a $10 million grant, will establish and staff HUBB for its first three years as well as expand Healthy West Orange programs and outreach. The second grant, which totals $40 million, will create an endowed fund whose earnings will fund the organization’s programs from year four onward.

The district, which was founded 70 years ago, will keep its community health care grants program going. The organization has awarded more than $180 million in local grants, including the two grants to the new foundation.

Orlando Health is setting up another potential expansion into Osceola County after closing on the purchase of a property near Interstate 4.

The $3.4 billion nonprofit health care provider bought a 28-acre parcel at 8011 Osceola Polk Line Road in Davenport near the Polk County line. The property, sold by EHOF Acquisitions II LLC for $14.4 million, previously was reported as a 25-acre parcel when Orlando Health went into contract on the property last July.

Currently the hospital is developing plans for the parcel and does not have a dedicated use set for it yet, Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis told Orlando Business Journal.

Orlando Health’s property will be part of a 108-acre mixed use development called Reunion Village. That project, owned by Encore Capital Management, currently is seeking hotels, shops, grocery and other concepts to be part of a 200,000-square-foot retail center, according to a LandQwest listing on the proposed development.

Meanwhile, the health care provider has locked up several other Central Florida properties in the past year:

• On Nov. 19, it paid $1.64 million for a roughly 1-acre parcel with an existing 18,000-square-foot office building at 1300 S. Division Ave., north of Kaley Avenue near its Orlando Regional Medical Center Campus.

• On May 25, it acquired a two-story, 72,000-square-foot building at 1000 W. Broadway St. in Oviedo from Oviedo Medical Properties LLC for $22.2 million, which it will use as medical office space.

• On Sept. 28, it bought a 1.5-acre parcel with a 30,000-square-foot warehouse at 1402 Sligh Blvd. for $2.03 million in downtown Orlando, which it previously leased from the seller, rail company CSX Corp. (Nasdaq: CSX).

• On June 18, it bought a vacant half-acre lot at 121 W. Copeland Drive in downtown Orlando for $833,500.

• Also in June, it purchased 15.13 vacant acres on the northeast corner of Dowden Road and Randal Park Boulevard in the Lake Nona area for roughly $9.9 million, where it will build a $140 million-$160 million hospital that already has gotten state approval.

• On Dec. 14, it bought 51 acres of former grazing land at 5401 Effie Drive in Apopka for $1.48 million from Orlando Beltway Associates Plymouth Sorrento LLC.

Orlando Health also expanded its footprint in Osceola with the $32 million, 60,000-square-foot Orlando Health Emergency Department & Medical Pavilion – Osceola County it opened at 1001 E. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee on Jan. 3. That facility’s future phase 2 eventually will include a second 60,000-square-foot medical pavilion.

Orlando Health’s eight Central Florida hospitals have a total of 3,300-plus beds. It has the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and children, and is a teaching hospital system. Its hospitals are: Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Seminole Hospital, Health Central Hospital, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, South Lake Hospital and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. It also owns 10 urgent care centers in the region, as well as several cancer centers, freestanding ERs and more. It is one of the region’s largest employers, with 23,000 workers.


Source:  OBJ