Kissimmee hospital plans to open an emergency room in Lee Vista

Osceola Regional Medical Center has signed a lease for 1.5 acres on Lee Vista Boulevard and filed plans for a free-standing emergency room.

Kissimmee’s Osceola Regional Medical Center is planning to open its third free-standing emergency room in the Lee Vista area, just north of the Orlando International Airport.

The HCA hospital has signed a ground lease a 1.5-acre parcel on Lee Vista Boulevard, directly behind the WaWa convenience store at 6500 S. Semoran Blvd. and filed plans with the City of Orlando for a 10,860-square-foot free-standing emergency room. The initial term of the lease is for 10 years with renewals that could extend it to 50 years.


ORMC also operates FSERs in Hunter’s Creek and near Mall at Millenia — while other HCA hospitals have affiliated FSERs in Baldwin Park, ChampionsGate and Heathrow. Hospital officials could not be reached for comment.

The property on Lee Vista Boulevard is owned by Famlee Investment Company, original developers of the LeeVista Center business park. It has Metropolitan Activity Center Future Land Use and is zoned AC-3/AN/SP (Metropolitan Activity Center, with Aircraft Noise and Semoran Gateway Special Plan Overlays).

The building design will be similar to HCA's Baldwin Park ER, which is affiliated with Oviedo Medical Center.

Catalyst Design Group submitted the site plan, while Hereford Dooley Architects provided elevations for the one-story building using a prototype design similar to one operating now in the Nashville market. That emergency department has the exact same footprint and contains a waiting room, 11 exam rooms, a lab, an imaging department, a nurse station, restrooms, and associated support spaces. The building has two covered entry canopies, one for emergency vehicle access/drop off and one for public drop off.

HCA emergency rooms tend to be smaller than those built by Orlando Health and AdventHealth. A prototype building will generally be just over 10,000 square feet and could cost anywhere from $6-10 million.

The Lee Vista site is in a high-growth area, surrounded by new commercial and residential development. A Blackstone-owned logistics company recently filed plans for three new industrial warehouses in LeeVista Center. Just north of the subject property, ContraVest is wrapping up construction on its Addison at Gateway apartments, and McKibbon Hospitality has resumed construction of a new Hyatt House hotel. Nearby, MMI Development recently filed plans for a 435-unit multifamily community called Progress on Lee Vista.

Meanwhile, HCA announced last November it would open three new hospitals in Florida, including one near The Villages, which expands on its presence at the Trailwinds freestanding emergency room. Located in Leesburg, the new hospital will accommodate a range of service lines, including cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, GI and oncology. The three-story facility will include 60 beds, 54 of which will be medical/surgical. The hospital will also include four operating rooms, six intensive care beds, a cath lab and an emergency room to service the growing population of the nation’s fastest-growing master-planned community.

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