UPDATED: MAY 1, 2017 03:50 PM — Florida Hospital Celebration Health has confirmed plans to build a 156-bed expansion that would make it the largest hospital in Osceola County.
Hospital Administrator Ken Bradley told GrowthSpotter on Monday the $80 million tower is projected to open in Winter 2019.
"Florida Hospital is expanding Florida Hospital Celebration Health as part of our ongoing effort to meet the health-care needs of the rapidly growing population of Osceola County, Polk County and the south and west areas of Orange County," he said. "We continue to add services for this area, such as the Level II NICU that opened in April."
The company filed construction plans in early April with the county for a new six-story patient tower and associated infrastructure improvements at the hospital's 65-acre campus on Celebration Place. The new tower would add 735,445 square feet to the hospital.
FH Celebration Health is a Level II trauma center currently licensed for a total of 237 beds (227 acute care beds and 10 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds.) The last major expansion was completed in 2011 and included a new patient tower and parking garage.
The new addition would bring the total number of licensed beds to 393 and would include additional Intensive Care beds, Bradley said.
Bradley said the hospital is not required to apply for a Certificate of Need from the Agency for Health Care Administration when it's adding beds to an existing hospital on its current site.
The new tower would be built on an existing surface parking lot between the existing building and parking deck. The hospital would be forced to demolish 150 parking spaces and create a new 225-space satellite parking lot.
The proposed patient tower is part of a wave of medical service expansion in Osceola County.
Earlier this week, Orlando Health announced plans for a new $32 million freestanding Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion on Osceola Parkway, across from the new Tupperware SunRail station.
Osceola Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital, is investing $50 million in several construction projects this year. The hospital is adding two new floors to an existing patient tower, and bringing new services online, including an eight-bed Level 3 NICU, and a 28-bed inpatient physical rehabilitation unit -- all in Kissimmee.
It's also expanding its free-standing satellite emergency department in Hunter's Creek by adding nine beds.