Orlando Health is in its biggest expansion in 103 years of history
Orlando, Florida. Orlando Health is in the midst of its largest expansion in its 103-year history to keep pace with all of the growth across Central Florida.
Since 2018, Orlando Health has opened or will open 18 new hospitals and hospital expansions, with nine projects currently underway and two more yet to be announced.
“We’re in the midst of the biggest boom if you will, to meet the needs of our communities,” said Matt Taylor, senior vice president of asset strategy at Orlando Health.
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Taylor spends most of his days calculating the trend of growth, not only by demographics, but also by demographics. He’s planning where future hospitals need to be built based on Florida’s burgeoning population.
“As we grow for the future, we are building more than $3 billion in new facilities,” Taylor said.
Taylor gave News 6 a tour of what the future will be for the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, and the expansion of the health site’s main campus. It is one of 9 projects in progress.
Orlando Health also launched groundbreaking for two new six-story hospitals in Lake Mary earlier this month, which specialize in women’s health, labor and delivery services.
“Lake Mary, for us, has always had a presence at South Seminole Hospital, but we felt there was a need in the heart of Seminole County,” Taylor said. “We also feel the location is well served in Volusia County, which we know[has unmet needs]today, and we’re already seeing patients coming from Volusia County into the emergency room that’s currently in place. The medical wing at the Lake Mary campus of the hospital continues to build on that.”
Orlando Health also opened an entirely new hospital in Horizon West in January of 2021, another area where Taylor has been tracking amazing growth.
“In fact, I think the masterplan community has doubled for several years, so we really felt that the area in particular was underserved,” he added.
Another area of need as Orlando Health is expanding westward into Osceola County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
“I’m going to start with Osceola County, because I feel like this is the community that has been (usually) underserved, not just underserved but the quality of care needs to be raised,” Taylor said.
He added that the need for more hospitals goes even further in Polk County. Right now, Lakeland Regional Medical Center has the busiest emergency department, according to Taylor.
“It’s really bypassing Central Florida at this point,” Taylor added. “…one of the things to note here is the width of the selection as well.”
Taylor adds that the population boom is leading to more underserved areas, and more areas where hospitals are trying to meet that demand.
“The consequences of not having a facility where there is an urgent need is that you will see higher accident rates; people wait a long time to get preventive care. They are not diagnosed with cancer early, so it is important for us to be there.”
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