Orlando Health Opens Florida’s First Orthopedic Hospital

Facility features 10 operating rooms, 75 private patient rooms, and a research and education center

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Orlando, FL (August 24, 2023) – Orlando Health is proud to announce the grand opening of Florida’s first orthopedic hospital. With a longstanding track record in providing excellent patient care and a highly skilled team of physicians and other healthcare professionals, the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute aims to raise the bar for orthopedic care throughout the region.  

“Orlando Health loves working in concert with physicians that see beyond themselves. These physicians dreamed and designed every inch of the facility to improve the care and service to their patients. It is wonderful to see their vision come true for the people across the southeastern United States and beyond,” said Orlando Health president and CEO David Strong.

Located at the corner of Columbia St. and Lucerne Terrace in Orlando, the 375,000-square-foot, seven-story institute is the first of its kind in the southeastern U.S. The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Downtown Complex provides every aspect of elective orthopedic care and world class physician training tools under one roof. Patients will be able to access the hospital beginning August 29. The first phase of the project, which was completed in March, included imaging services, an ambulatory surgery center, walk-in orthopedic clinic, and rehabilitation space.

“We designed this facility around patient safety and experience,” said Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute president Carlos Carrasco. “That’s going to be obvious from the moment a patient walks in the door and throughout their entire time in our care.”

Orlando Health created a new ‘patient ambassador’ position to enhance each patient’s stay in the hospital. The patient ambassador will be assigned to each person as they check-in for surgery and will serve as a dedicated liaison between the patient, loved ones and their care team, addressing any needs as they arise.  

Another key feature to comfort patients and their families is an educational showroom in the lobby of the hospital. The room, which is a replica of an operating room, is surrounded by glass and displays the equipment, instruments, robots and implants most commonly used in orthopedic surgeries. Interactive technology walks a patient through their procedure and educates them on the equipment and tools used during surgery.

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“As surgeons, we often get questions about what the operating room looks like and the technology we utilize during each procedure,” said Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute physician president Dr. Michael Jablonski. “We included physicians, nurses and other medical professionals in the planning of this project, which led to these unique touches that will benefit our patients and help ease anxiety before surgery.”

The hospital includes 10 state of the art operating rooms, 75 smart patient rooms, an 11,000 sq. ft. sterile processing center and cafeteria. In the operating rooms, physicians will be able to live stream surgeries to Orlando Health medical residents, as well as collaborate with doctors anywhere in the world. The smart patient rooms will feature a digital whiteboard with access to medical information, video conferencing, as well as personal entertainment streaming services. Patients will be able to use advanced remote technology to optimize their comfort level by controlling environmental factors such as temperature and window shades in the coming months. 

The seventh floor of the hospital is dedicated to education and research. It includes the largest Bioskills Lab among the nation’s 54 orthopedic hospitals. In the Bioskills Lab, residents will be able to simulate real-life surgical procedures using anatomical specimens, medical simulators and synthetic models to advance skills and knowledge.

“We already have a competitive and sought after residency program here at the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute,” said Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute academic chairman Dr. George Haidukewych. “The Bioskills lab and additional advanced learning opportunities built into the hospital will allow us to continue to attract the most talented orthopedic surgeons to Central Florida.”  

 A 116-person stadium-seated auditorium is located on the seventh floor to host lectures. Team members will also be able to utilize a 3D printer to work on complex cases and develop unique devices to advance science and medicine.

The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Downtown Complex will serve more than 250,000 patients each year. The 50 physicians on staff specialize in every area of orthopedics, including joint replacement, hand and upper extremities, foot and ankle, orthopedic trauma, spine, electrodiagnostic medicine, sports medicine, concussions, musculoskeletal radiology, bone health and anesthesia.

The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute serves as the official medical provider and healthcare partner for a number of teams including UCF Athletics, Orlando City and Orlando Pride Soccer, the Orlando Ballet, Special Olympics Florida, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Downtown Complex is located at 62 Columbia St., Orlando, FL 32806.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.2 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level I Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level II Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its Graduate Medical Education program hosts more than 350 residents and fellows.

The 3,888-bed system includes 29 hospitals and emergency departments – 24 of which are currently operational with five coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, more than 100 adult and pediatric primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 60 outpatient facilities that include imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,750 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 27,000 team members and more than 1,200 physicians.

In FY22, Orlando Health served nearly 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients. The healthcare system provided more than $782 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more in FY 21, the most recent period for which this information is available. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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