Florida Hospital is building its second free standing emergency room on a parcel off I-4 in Lake Mary as the hospital looks for new ways to treat the influx of residents to Central Florida.
The Lake Mary Emergency department, which will create 100 jobs, will be 18,000 square feet and have 24 beds. It will cost roughly $10 million and sit on an 11-acre parcel at 950 Rinehart Rd., off I-4 exit 101.
The facility, according to Florida law, will operate as an off-site department of an existing hospital in the vicinity and do business under the hospital's license.
Florida Hospital declined to make available an administrator to discuss the project. But other parts of the state have seen similar Emergency departments popping up as they contend with growing populations. The Lake Mary Emergency department is, in fact, Florida Hospital's second. Its first, in Winter Garden, is planned to open in late January.
The Lake Mary Emergency department will treat everything from bee stings to chest pains, with residents of Lake Mary, Sanford and Longwood seen as its primary users.
Florida Hospital began building this fall after buying the property in December 2013. The hospital paid $6 million for the parcel, which was bank-owned and partially built upon, TheOrlando Sentinel reported at the time.
The ER is expected to open in May 2016 and see 24,000 patients that year.
The hospital will be outfitted with a helipad to take gravely hurt patients to area hospitals.
It will have its own CT, MRI and x-ray machines, as well as a clinical laboratory.