December 2, 2022

Healthcare

Florida Hospital Plans to Build 'Health Village'

Diane Sears | 3/1/2008
Florida Hospital’s downtown tower
Rendering: Florida Hospital’s downtown tower.

As they prepare to open a $255-million, 15-story hospital tower later this year in the Lake Ivanhoe area, Florida Hospital officials want to build a “health village” surrounding it.

The new facility includes one of the largest emergency rooms in the nation along with a cardiovascular institute. The hospital also wants to build onsite employee housing, medical offices, retail stores, restaurants and a commuter rail stop, says Rich Morrison, vice president of government affairs for Adventist Health System, which operates the hospital. Build-out would stretch to 2023.

The plan is big enough to merit development of regional impact status — the city, central Florida regional planning officials and the state Department of Community Affairs must sign off on the proposal.

Hospital officials are adding final revisions to the DRI submission.

  • So far, key parts of the project include:
  • Up to 440 beds in the new tower, bringing the hospital’s main Orlando campus to 1,330 beds.
  • Doubling Florida Hospital’s downtown workforce in 15 years to 18,000 to 19,000.
  • A 200-unit apartment building.
  • A commuter rail stop with $2.5 million to $3 million from the hospital. The state Transportation Department is building the rail system in Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties, with service to start in 2010.
  • Enhanced bus service. The hospital is pushing for more trips from the city’s Lynx transportation operation, plus a service similar to the free Lymmo shuttle between workplaces and restaurants, banks and other businesses.
  • An alternative site for the Theatre Downtown, now situated on a prime site in the development area.

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