At an outdoor ceremony in Apopka, Florida, community members, elected officials and Florida Hospital staff and leadership broke ground and dedicated the future site of Florida Hospital Apopka, one of twenty-two campuses that make up Florida Hospital, part of Adventist Health Systems.
At the ground breaking ceremony, Florida Hospital Apopka vice president Jennifer Wandersleben revealed plans to scale up the facility, bringing a higher price tag than first projected. The facility will cost an estimated $203 million. Construction is slated to begin in May, 2015.
“To meet the expanding health care needs of our community, Florida Hospital Apopka is planning a new campus with greater capacity and enhanced services,” said Wandersleben. “We will continue to offer ER, cardiology and imaging services, and look forward to growing our Women’s Center, outpatient rehab program and ICU.”
The new facility will add surgical services and a diagnostic cath lab to the services Florida Hospital Apopka provides.
The new hospital will incorporate local greenery into the design and landscaping, and will provide 120 private patient rooms with architecture designed to bring natural light indoors. Many patient rooms will overlook nearby 48 square mile Lake Apopka.
“Healing is much more than medicine, and other factors that influence wellness such as natural light, greenery and the serenity of a private space were priorities while designing the new Florida Hospital Apopka,” Wandersleben said.
The new facility will include a seven-story hospital and four-story medical building, and is expected to create up to 300 new jobs for nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals, according to hospital spokespersons.
“For 40 years, Florida Hospital Apopka has been providing leading-edge and compassionate care for our community,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer at the groundbreaking ceremony. “I’m excited to open this new chapter in Apopka’s history as we grow and improve together.”
Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.