Orlando's hospitals have proved to be some of the most aggressive real estate investors in the region over the last decade. We evaluate the economic impact of the state law that loosens the permitting for new hospitals and find out what it means for healthcare delivery in the region.
In a prepared statement Orlando Health wrote the Columbia Medical Center complex will help support the organization’s expanding downtown Orlando operations.
“Orlando Health remains actively engaged in meeting the community’s needs during the coronavirus pandemic while continuing to plan and prepare for the region’s future healthcare needs."
The site is just about a block away from Orlando Health’s planned 195,000-square-foot Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Hospital, announced earlier this year after Orlando Health absorbed the Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic.
The facility is being planned on a three-acre site and will feature 75 inpatient rooms, 20 operating suites, five virtually connected operating suites and 167,000 square feet of medical office space.
Hospital spokeswoman Kena Lewis told GrowthSpotter construction has not yet started. Because of the coronavirus Orlando Health is suspending construction activities within hospitals to protect patients and healthcare providers, but work is expected to continue at offsite locations.
Currently, the development site holds a number of buildings that are owned by Orlando Health. Those buildings will be demolished to make way for the new orthopedic hospital, Lewis said.
Once complete, the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Hospital would be one of the only orthopedic-specific hospitals in the Southeast, according to a press release.
Last summer, GrowthSpotter reported the organization was commencing plans for its new 66,000-square-foot corporate office building nearby at 55 W. Gore Street. The five-story building is the second phase of the complex, following the adjacent 925-space parking garage.
Orlando Health is also getting ready to build the second phase of its Lake Mary freestanding emergency room, which will include a 240-bed patient tower as part of the Lake Mary Wellness & Technology Park.