Facility will provide enhanced healthcare services to growing community
Winter Garden, FL (September 25, 2018) -- To meet the healthcare needs of the rapidly growing population in West Orange County, Orlando Health, with the support of the West Orange Healthcare District (The District), will soon open the doors of the Orlando Health Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion – Horizon West.
Funded primarily by a $29.7 million grant from The District, this $37 million facility is a two-story, 78,000 sq. ft. freestanding emergency department and medical pavilion. The first floor, which houses the emergency department containing 24 patient beds plus an additional six observation beds, will be the first part of the facility open to patients. Construction is expected to continue on the medical pavilion’s second floor through January 2019. Once complete, the medical office space will feature services that include primary care, family medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery, laboratory, orthopedics, neurology, urology, cardiology, pharmacy, outpatient rehabilitation and a center for health improvement.
“We are excited to open this new facility and offer its enhanced services to the Horizon West community,” said Mark Marsh, President of Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital. “Having the support of The District has been instrumental in our ability to keep pace with the population growth not only here, but all across West Orange County.
The emergency department and medical pavilion is part of a $100-million expansion currently underway to bring much-needed healthcare services to West Orange County. It includes $75 million in funding from the District for the new freestanding emergency department and medical pavilion at Horizon West, a recently opened Cancer Center ($21 million) and a 110-bed skilled nursing facility currently under construction on the Health Central Hospital campus ($24.5 million).
“We’ve been monitoring the potential healthcare needs in Horizon West for many years,” said Norma Sutton, chair of the West Orange Healthcare District, which guides and invests in healthcare facilities and programs throughout west Orange County. “It’s exciting to know we’re delivering this high level of access years ahead of what would have otherwise been possible.”
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization and a community-based network of hospitals, physician practices and outpatient care centers across Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,900 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,000 employees who serve more than 112,000 inpatients, more than 2.4 million outpatients, and more than 10,000 international patients each year. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $450 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.
About the West Orange Healthcare District
The West Orange Healthcare District (WOHD) is an independent special healthcare district created in 1949 by the Florida Legislature and governed by a 16-member board appointed by the Governor of Florida. Since 2012, the District has awarded more than $135 million in local community grants to enhance residents’ health and wellness. For more, visit www.wohd1949.org. The District is also a proud founding champion of “Healthy West Orange,” a grassroots movement to inspire west Orange County to become the healthiest community in the nation. For more, visit www.healthywestorange.org
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