UPDATED: MARCH 12, 2019 5:21 PM — AdventHealth Orlando has filed plans with City of Orlando for a major expansion at its main campus north of downtown.
The hospital, formerly known as Florida Hospital, wants to expand its emergency department by 45,000 square feet, according to the documents.
Hospital spokesman David Breen told GrowthSpotter the ED expansion is expected to be completed within two years. He said it's necessary to meet peak demand and to accommodate future growth.
"We do not have an issue with wait times, but at peak hours we sometimes use hallway bed placement to meet the demand," he said. "The expansion will make that unnecessary."
The development plan includes the addition of 21 adult bays (rooms), including one resuscitation room and three isolation rooms. The waiting room also will be expanded and renovated.
It would coincide with the larger expansion of the Cardiovascular Center within the Ginsburg tower. The Ginsburg Family Foundation donated $3 million for the Center for Living, bringing the foundation's support of the program to $20 million over the last decade.
Aligning with the hospital's new initiative to use genomics to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases, the 13,200-square-foot Center for Living will feature a genomics clinic focused on cardiovascular diseases. The center will also incorporate the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation unit, where patients will have access to a prevention and wellness program.
The investment is the latest in a series of expenditures -- in the hundreds of millions -- over the last few years by local hospitals to expand emergency care in the region.
Winter Park Memorial Hosptial and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center both expanded their EDs in recent years, while AdventHealth and Orlando Health have been opening new Free Standing Emergency Departments in Cagan Crossings, Waterford Lakes, Horizon West, and Lake Mary and announced plans for new FSEDs in Randal Park and in the ChampionsGate/Reunion area.
AdventHealth also has opened new hospitals in Apopka and Mount Dora, and is adding a patient tower in Celebration.