Around Osceola
Osceola News-Gazette

Follow Us On:

Clinic with Puerto Rican ties opens

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Christians
Staff Writer
A Spanish-speaking medical office focused on serving Hurricane Maria evacuees opened in Kissimmee last week.
The Patient Medical Center of Central Florida became the newest addition to the city’s growing Medical Arts District during a special ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 22.
The 3,000 square-foot facility will be staffed with six Puerto Rican medical professionals

The Patient Medical Center of Central Florida became the newest addition to the city’s growing Medical Arts District during a special ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 22.

and will offer services in primary care, internal medicine, mammograms, ultrasounds, counseling and laboratory work.
Patient Medical Center has ties to Puerto Rico, although plans to open the clinic in Kissimmee began over the summer, months before Hurricane Maria struck the island.
“It was a challenge to open the medical group facilities after the hurricane because it delayed our plans,” said Luis Mercado, chief officer at Patient Medical Center. “Since a great amount of Puerto Ricans moved to Central Florida after the emergency, we were committed to start operations.”
The office is still hiring staff members and is currently accepting new patients.
The clinic expects to open additional Central Florida locations in upcoming years.
The Medical Arts District is a one-square mile cluster of healthcare related facilities, including Florida Hospital Kissimmee and Osceola Regional Medical Center.
The Medical Arts District was established last year by the city of Kissimmee as an economic incentives project meant to attract new medical businesses to the area.
City Commissioner Wanda Rentas said she believes the new clinic will be a positive addition to the Kissimmee community.
Rentas spoke at the clinic’s grand opening and had assisted the center in weeks prior by directing them to the proper permitting and licensing offices.
“Since so many individuals have relocated here from Puerto Rico, having an office for Spanish speakers and physicians who have experience on the island, it will serve as a comfort and be a good resource for residents,” she said.

Olympics Latest News