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Orlando Health and Acadia Healthcare Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Behavioral Health Hospital to Serve Greater Orlando Area

Orlando Health and Acadia Healthcare today held a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on a previously announced 144-bed behavioral health hospital that will expand access to critical mental health services in the Orlando metro area. The event occurred on the site of the new hospital – located at 1452 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Apopka – and celebrated the joint venture partnership between Orlando Health and Acadia Healthcare.

Slated to open in spring 2025, the hospital will be a center of excellence situated ideally to serve as a natural extension of the Orlando Health system. The state-of-the-art hospital will offer comprehensive inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for adults, seniors, children and adolescents who struggle with acute symptoms of mental health such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as treatment for co-occurring disorders. Berglund Construction is the general contractor and Stengel Hill Architecture is the architect for the project.

"We are very pleased to expand the inpatient and intensive outpatient capacity for behavioral healthcare and broaden these essential programs," said David Strong, president and chief executive officer, Orlando Health.

"This hospital will expand Orlando Health's existing capabilities and provide greater access to life-saving behavioral health services," Chris Hunter, chief executive officer of Acadia Healthcare. "We are so proud to be affiliated with Orlando Health and we look forward to the opportunity to work together to address a vital and growing need in Central Florida. This hospital will continue in Orlando Health's legacy of providing quality behavioral health services to their patients."

Once the new hospital is fully operational, Orlando Health will transfer all inpatient behavioral health services from the Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital campus.