Orlando Health Announces Plans to Build New Freestanding Emergency Room in Polk County

New facility to serve north Lakeland community

Orlando, FL (December 19, 2023) – Today, Orlando Health announced plans to build a new freestanding emergency room (ER) with construction to begin in 2024. Located at Lakeland Park Center, the new North Lakeland ER will have capacity for up to 24 exam rooms in a 20,800 square foot facility and include an imaging suite, lab and ambulance bay.

“Lakeland has experienced strong population growth over the last few decades,” said Matt Taylor, senior vice president of asset strategy for Orlando Health. “As a result, the demand for accessible and high-quality healthcare continues to grow in this area. Orlando Health is pleased to expand its presence and maintain its commitment to delivering exceptional care for the communities we serve,” adds Mr. Taylor.

The new free-standing emergency room will serve patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be fully staffed. The opening date for the new facility has not yet been announced.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.6 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 3,429-bed system includes 29 hospitals and emergency departments – 25 of which are currently operational with four coming soon. The system also includes nine specialty institutes, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility under the management of Acadia Healthcare, and more than 375 outpatient facilities that include physician clinics, 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 1,500 physicians.

In FY 23, Orlando Health cared for 197,000 inpatients and 6.6 million outpatients.  The healthcare system provided nearly $1.3 billion in total impact to the communities it serves in the form of community benefit programs and services, Medicare shortfalls, bad debt, community-building activities and capital investments in FY 22, the most recent period for which this information is available.

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