AdventHealth files plans for new emergency hospital near Disney theme parks

An aerial and blueprint of AdventHealth's proposed 18,540-square-foot emergency department by the Daryl Carter Parkway and Palm Parkway intersection.

AdventHealth is seeking to build a new emergency building by the Daryl Carter Parkway and Palm Parkway intersection, just a few miles from Disney Springs.

The health system recently filed a Technical Review Group application in Orange County showing plans to construct an 18,540-square-foot emergency department on a portion of land it acquired five months ago from Pulte Homes.


AdventHealth paid about $12.9 million in late December for 11.63 acres of vacant land west of where the new Daryl Carter Parkway extension meets Palm Parkway. Once complete, the 1.6-mile extension of Daryl Carter Parkway will stretch from Palm Parkway to S. Apopka-Vineland Road.

Prior to the sale, the land was part of a massive residential subdivision planned by Chuck Whittall’s Unicorp National Developments and Dwight Saathoff’s Project Finance & Development company and later sold to Pulte.

A site plan filed in Orange County shows portion of land AdventHealth acquired in December from Pulte Homes.

The home builder amassed more than 100 acres of land surrounding Ruby Lake, and came close to developing about 132 townhomes on a roughly 18-acre lot along Palm Parkway next to its single-family projects, including Phillips Grove and Ruby Lake by Pulte Homes.

Instead, the homebuilder opted to sell 11.63 acres to AdventHealth. On the remaining land it owns, Pulte is developing a new 20-unit townhome community called Overlook at Ruby Lake.

Plans submitted by AdventHealth shows the emergency department building will rise on about three acres of land. It’s unclear what the health system is planning to build on the remaining eight acres.

A representative with the company was not immediately available to comment, but the new ER building falls in line with AdventHealth’s bullish growth through acquisitions and new development, and with its mission to bring emergency care close to home for residents across Central Florida, no matter where they live. The faith-based hospital filed plans in March to expand the emergency department at its downtown Orlando campus by 45,000 square feet.

Just last week, GrowthSpotter was the first to report on plans submitted by the company to build a new free-standing emergency hospital and 35,000-square-foot medical office building at 2500 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee.

The deal signifies a push by AdventHealth to expand its footprint in Osceola County. It recently announced it will be undertaking an $84 million project to add three floors to its main hospital in the city. AdventHealth is also currently expanding its Celebration Health complex with a new 156-bed patient tower.

Late last year, the Altamonte Springs-based company broke ground on a 19,000-square-foot standalone emergency room building in Waterford Lakes, and another 19,000-square-foot standalone emergency room in Oviedo. Both projects are expected to open later this year.

AdventHealth has been particularly busy in Lake Nona. The non-profit healthcare company breaks ground Wednesday morning on a similar emergency building at 10093 Lake Nona Blvd., adding to its existing footprint, which includes its CentraCare and AdventHealth Medical Group practices.


The new Lake Nona facility will have 24 patient rooms (including two pediatric-friendly rooms); respiratory therapy; diagnostic imaging, including CT scans, X-ray and ultrasound; and a full-service laboratory.

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