AdventHealth paid $2.95 million on Tuesday for a 2.4-acre commercial lot across from Osceola's East County Government Annex on U.S. 192 at Partin Settlement Road.
The seller, Winter Park developer and broker Carson Good, had recently received approval from the county for a Planned Development amendment that entitled the lot for a free-standing emergency hospital and 35,000-square-foot medical office building.
His planner, Rj Whidden & Associates' John Adams, said the nonprofit healthcare company was always the intended buyer.
“Our site plan was influenced by their direction for that particular lot,” Adams said.
The medical site was part of a 3-lot subdivision at 2500 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Lot 1 has a recently completed Twistee Treat and space for future development. Lot 2 is also planned for future commercial uses.
This is just the latest healthcare expansion in Osceola County following AdventHealth's recent announcement that it would be adding three floors to its main hospital in Kissimmee. The $84 million project will add 80 more private rooms, bringing the total number of acute care beds at the downtown Kissimmee campus to 240. The hospital is also in the midst of a major expansion to its surgical suites which are expected to be completed in January. The patient tower expansion will follow in 2021.
“This investment illustrates our commitment to the health of the Kissimmee community,” AdventHealth Kissimmee CEO Sheila Rankin said in a release. “We are dedicated to providing whole-person care close to home for the growing population of Osceola County in the years to come.”
ESa is the architect on the project, and Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor.
Rapid population growth has contributed to the need for additional capacity at the campus, as reflected in the number of patients seen at the campus: In 2018, AdventHealth Kissimmee had about 9,000 admissions and more than 67,000 emergency room visits.
AdventHealth is also currently expanding its Celebration Health complex with a new 156-bed patient tower, at a cost of $80 million.
AdventHealth did not make officials available for comment on the new Osceola ER, but the development program is likely comparable to the new 19,000-square-foot ER planned for construction this summer in Lake Nona. That 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. It will be staffed by a comprehensive clinical team including board-certified emergency physicians and emergency nurses. The ER will employ a team of approximately 100 people.
The ER is part of a larger effort to bring emergency care close to home for residents across Central Florida, no matter where they live. Construction began in 2018 on AdventHealth ERs in Waterford Lakes and Oviedo. Both facilities are expected to open later this year.
Meanwhile, Orlando Health recently opened its new FSED across from the Tupperware SunRail station. The company also paid $14.4 million earlier this month for 28 acres in Reunion Village, the site of another future medical campus and commercial center.