Orange Blossom Family Health is getting ready to construct its second full-service center for low-income and uninsured people on 2.57 acres in west Orlando, at the corner of Ivey Lane and Old Winter Garden Road.
"We are planning the construction of a 12,000-square-foot comprehensive medical, dental, health care, behavioral health, and pharmacy center," said Bakari Burns, the organization's CEO. "It will be (OBFH's) second comprehensive site of the eight to handle comprehensive health issues including medical, dental, behavioral health and includes a pharmacy center."
The budget for the overall project is $6.1 million, slated for completion in 2018, of which a construction budget is $2.814 million. Three million dollars has been committed to the project by the city of Orlando, Orange County, state of Florida and Dr. Phillips Charites for $250,000.
The organization, which is also known by the name Health Care for the Homeless, plans to put out requests for bids through Orange County government, which Bakari expects will be solicited in early September.
In the meantime, Bakari says the space should be coming on line at the right time with the Affordable Care Act under fire. The organization now provides more services for people who have homes than the homeless, as healthcare costs have soared and affordable plans are scarce.
In 2016, Orange Blossom Family Health cared for more than 18,000 patients, of which only 6,000 were homeless, Bakari said.
"Orange Blossom Family Health at Ivey Lane will have a distinct impact on the 32811 zip code, creating a presence that will serve as a resource for comprehensive healthcare services to address the needs of this community and surrounding areas," the organization wrote in its recent application to the St. John's Water Management District. "At full capacity, this site will provide quality, affordable healthcare services to 5,000 unduplicated patients."