Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute welcomes 1,000th patient

Florida’s first dedicated orthopedic specialty hospital opened in August

OHJOI Welcomes 1,000th Patient

Orlando, FL (December 13, 2023) – After opening in August of 2023, the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute is proud to announce that it has served 1,000 patients at its specialty hospital.

Winter Springs resident James Brewer was the 1,000th patient. He underwent a knee procedure at the hospital on December 4 with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Avilucea.

“It’s an exciting milestone,” said Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute President Carlos Carrasco. “We’ve received great feedback from our patients since opening our doors and strive to provide unmatched patient care and experience every day.”

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 specialty hospital opened on August 29, 2023. The first phase of the project was completed in March of 2023 and includes an ambulatory surgery center, walk-in orthopedic clinic, and rehabilitation space. The medical pavilion also offers imaging, pharmacy and lab services.

“I was very impressed with my team of doctors from the very beginning,” Brewer explained. “They answered all of my questions and put me at ease before surgery. I would rate bedside manner at 100 percent.”

In addition to serving more than 1,000 patients inside the hospital, the medical pavilion has received an estimated 137,000 visits since opening in March.  


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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