Two Osceola hospitals expand due to booming population

On May 2, AdventHealth announced plans to add an additional three floors to a patient tower at its Orange Blossom Trail campus in Kissimmee.

Both Orlando Health and AdventHealth – operators of Central Florida’s biggest hospitals – announced expansion projects last week in Osceola County.

On May 2, AdventHealth announced plans to add an additional three floors to a patient tower at its Orange Blossom Trail campus in Kissimmee.

The project will create an additional 123,000 square feet and 80 private rooms to the already three-story tower.

Preliminary work has begun on an elevator shaft, with actual tower construction expected to begin this fall.

The $84 million project is the latest in a series of improvements on the Orange Blossom Trail campus, including a larger emergency room, the 80-bed patient tower and an in-progress major extension of surgical suites.

The floors are expected to open in fall 2021, bringing the campus bed count to 240.

In a media release, AdventHealth cited Osceola County’s continued rapid population growth as the catalyst for its latest project.

In 2018, AdventHealth Kissimmee had about 9,000 admissions and more than 67,000 emergency room visits, hospital officials said.

Since 2008, the number of admissions has more than doubled and emergency visits have doubled as well.

Another Central Florida healthcare company announced big moves in Osceola County last week.

On April 30, Orlando Health closed on a $14.4 million, 28-acre land purchase southeast of Four Corners near Interstate 4.

The property is part of a larger 108-acre mixed-use planned development project named Reunion Village, which, when complete, will feature upscale dining locations, retail and more than 300 homes.

The seller of the property was the community’s master developer, EHOF Acquisitions II, LLC.

According to a media release, Orlando Health is finalizing plans for the property and site clearing now.

Orlando Health has already invested heavily in the fast-growing Four Corners area, building a $13 million free standing ER and medical pavilion on U.S. Highway 27 in Cagan Crossings.

AdventHealth’s Celebration location is currently the closest hospital to Reunion. The site is 10 miles from both Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center on U.S. 27 in Polk County and the Cagan Crossings complex.

Plans are still being finalized, so no construction start date has been announced yet, said Desmond Jordon, manager of media relations and public affairs at Orlando Health.