Orlando Health Announces Plans for Regional Neuroscience Institute

Orlando, FL (July 6, 2022) – Orlando Health has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art neurosciences institute that will serve patients throughout the southeastern United States. The three-story, 45,000-square-foot medical office building will be the new home of Orlando Health neuroscience service lines including neurosurgery, neurology, neurodiagnostics, interventional pain, and the Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute Spine Care Center. 

“Construction of the Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute is just one of many ways that we are expanding to meet the growing healthcare needs of Florida and the southeast region of the United States,” said David Strong, president and CEO of Orlando Health. “We’re looking forward to the positive impact this new facility will have on our current and future patients.” 

The Institute will be located at 86 W. Underwood Street, along “Institute Row,” on Orlando Health’s downtown campus. “Institute Row” is home to multiple, high-quality, medical institutes located on the north and south sides of Underwood Street, including the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute, the Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute, the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute – phase one of which is scheduled to open spring 2023 – and the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. Construction of the Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute is slated to begin following demolition and clearing of the site this coming fall.  

The new facility was designed in conjunction with Orlando Health’s Energy and Sustainability Task Force to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent and optimize building performance. The project is yet another Orlando Health building designed with environmental responsibility in mind.  

“This is an exciting announcement for patients in need of the best, quality neuroscience care,” said Robert Hirschl, MD, Orlando Health neurosurgery chairman and Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute president. “The Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute will allow us to expand our capacity to see more patients while also having our highly skilled neurologists and neurosurgeons in one central and convenient location on our downtown Orlando Health campus.” 

The Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute is anticipated to open in late 2023. 


About Orlando Health  

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States. 

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for Central Florida’s only pediatric and adult Level One Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region. 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 3,200-bed system includes 10 award-winning hospitals, 9 hospital based ERs, and 7 free-standing emergency rooms; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. More than 4,200 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 23,000 team members. In FY21, Orlando Health served more than 160,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided approximately $648 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. Additional information can be found at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth. 

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