Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Opens Phase 1 of Downtown Complex

Doors to the medical pavilion opened March 27

Orlando, FL (March 26, 2023) – The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute is excited to begin welcoming patients to its new, downtown complex on March 27. During the first phase opening of the facility, guests will be able to access imaging, lab and pharmacy services, a 62-exam room clinic, the ambulatory surgery center and rehabilitation space.

Orlando Health leaders and physicians recently celebrated the orthopedic medicine pioneer who provided inspiration for the project. Dr. Eugene Jewett was a Central Florida orthopedic surgeon and inventor, whose dedication to orthopedics saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

“Dr. Jewett was also passionate about innovation, training the surgeons of the future and excellence in patient care. That is a mission we are excited to carry on with the creation of this Center of Excellence,” said Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Physician President Dr. Michael Jablonski.

The ambulatory surgery center, which includes 12 operating rooms and a nano-suite for minimally invasive sports medicine technology is named in his honor as the Eugene Jewett, MD Surgery Center.

“The Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic institute downtown complex provides a new level of orthopedic care for people in Central Florida and the Southeast,” said Carlos Carrasco, president of the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. “This project combines world class doctors, state of the art technology and thoughtful dedication to safety and patient experience.”

Orlando Health is the first health system in Florida to receive MRI technology that will significantly speed up scans and enhance patient experience. The operating rooms will be virtually connected to provide learning and collaboration opportunities. In the clinic, patients will be able to access walk-in orthopedic care.

The 375,000 sq. ft., seven story facility is located on Orlando Health’s downtown campus and is the latest addition to the vast array of specialty care patients can find on Institute Row.

“With significant population growth in Florida, we know orthopedic care will continue to be in high demand. We want to make sure we are not just meeting those needs but providing a level of care and service that is second to none,” said Orlando Health president and CEO, David Strong.

In phase two of the project, Orlando Health will open Florida’s first orthopedic specialty hospital. The hospital will include 75 inpatient smart rooms that will feature advanced remote technology and digital access to medical and recovery plan information. A research and innovation center on the seventh floor will provide a hands-on learning environment for orthopedic surgery residents. It includes a 10-station cadaver lab, 3D printer and 116-seat auditorium.

“An institute is defined by excellence in patient care, education, and research,” said Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute Academic Chairman Dr. George Haidukewych. “We feel the learning environment and tools that come with this project will help train the best surgeons in the world right here in Orlando.”

Phase two of the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute downtown complex opens August 1, 2023.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $8.1 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 3,238-bed system includes 23 hospitals and emergency departments – 18 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 4,000 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 25,000 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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