The seven-story, 100-bed pavilion will be the first inpatient facility in Winter Garden.
Florida Hospital Winter Garden, which has provided emergency care to the residents of Winter Garden and surrounding communities since opening in early 2016, will soon add a new 100-bed inpatient pavilion.
The seven-story, approximately 300,000-square-foot building will complement the existing 24-bed emergency department and medical office building on the site at 2000 Fowler Grove Blvd.
"Florida Hospital will soon be AdventHealth, and our goal is to bring wholeness to the communities we serve by providing care close to home," said Tim Clark, CEO of Florida Hospital Winter Garden. "Adding inpatient beds allows us to provide comprehensive services to the residents of Winter Garden and continue to make a positive impact in West Orange County."
Since opening in February 2016, the emergency department has seen 71,228 patients -- illustrating the strong and growing demand for health-care services in fast-growing region. The adjacent medical office building contains primary care providers and a variety of specialty practices.
"Florida Hospital Winter Garden has proven to be a good neighbor, providing skilled and compassionate care," said Winter Garden Mayor John Rees. "It has made a strong impact on our community and we look forward to many years of the innovative, whole-person care Florida Hospital delivers."
The expansion is expected to create 700 hospital jobs with an annual average wage of $64,480, well above the Central Florida average. Total employment is projected at 5,509 people (including direct, indirect and induced jobs), leading to a total personal income of $249 million annually.
"Florida Hospital has served the Central Florida region for many decades. It is exciting, and gratifying, to see this legacy of care and service focused locally in Winter Garden," said Hal Bekemeyer, a longtime pastor and member of the hospital's Community Advisory Council. "I am personally satisfied to witness this next step in the healing ministry of Florida Hospital."
A construction timeline is being finalized.