Adventist Health System (AHS), parent company of Florida Hospital, has filed engineering plans for a 120-bed skilled nursing facility on Celebration Boulevard, about halfway between W192 and World Drive.
Michelle Givens, president of the non-profit company's nursing home division, Adventist Care Centers, filed the application Friday with the South Florida Water Management District.
No plans have been filed yet with Osceola County, but Jody Barry, Vice President for Facilities and Construction for Adventist Care Centers, told GrowthSpotter the company hopes to break ground in January.
The two-story care center is being built next door to an $82 million senior living facility with assisted care that's designed to resemble storied resorts like The Breakers. Big Rock Partners broke ground in August on that 239-unit complex, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.
"Our architecture is going to complement each other," Barry said. "We'll have walking paths and connectivity between the two campuses."
Both projects are designed to recreate a luxury resort experience with plush lobbies and white-tablecloth dining.
"All the finishes will feel more like a hotel – that goes all the way into the patient rooms and bathrooms," Barry said. "Gone are the days of long stark hallways and nurses stations will all the cabinetry. Nurses stations no longer will be seen – they will be in an alcove. They don't need all that space because our records are digital."
Adventist received the Certificate of Need in March 2015 when the state lifted a more than decade-old ban on expansion and construction of new nursing homes.
Barry said the care center will house a mix of permanent residents and rehabilitation patients.
"We're going to have a 4,000-square-foot rehab area and therapy gym with an emphasis on healing," he said. "We will provide physical therapy and occupational therapy."
The $20 million facility will be built on an 8.4-acre vacant commercial lot across from the Siena at Celebration condominium complex. The Celebration Company, a Disney subsidiary, sold the parcel in June to AHS for $4.3 million.
"They are thought leaders in this type of architecture and also interior design," Barry said.
The building will have an art-deco theme, and Disney gets final approval of the design -- a standard deed restriction in Celebration. Barry said architects Dennis Boggio and Bill Foster even situated the building so residents could watch the Disney Hollywood Studios fireworks from the courtyard.
AHS opened its 65-acre Florida Hospital Celebration Health campus in 1997. The hospital added a new patient tower in 2011 and a women's health center in 2013. The company also owns a vacant 7-acre parcel across from its Celebration campus.
Barry said AHS opted to buy additional land in Celebration for the care center instead of building on the land it already owns. "The hospital needs that for future expansions – so we wouldn't go there."
Jacksonville-based Batson-Cook is the general contractor.