Florida Hospital East Orlando has announced plans to expand its services including doubling the size of the emergency department and adding 40 patient beds.
The hospital says the expansion will provide patients with better service, high-end technology, and create additional space for the growing demand of medical and surgical specialists close to home.
In 2011, the Florida Hospital East Orlando emergency department treated nearly 80,000 patients. As a result of the high demand for emergency care, the hospital plans to double the size of its emergency department to 65 beds by adding 29 beds to its already existing 36. Construction is scheduled to break ground later this year and will include access to the latest technology in hopes of treating patients quicker. The expansion of the emergency department is expected to take between 18 to 24 months.
The addition of 40 patient beds will be done through a build out of the fifth floor of the main tower of the hospital. This floor was originally built as shell space when the new patient tower opened in 2007.
The build out of the fifth floor is expected to take 12 months. These expansions will create approximately 75 construction jobs as well as new clinical jobs once the project is complete.
Florida Hospital East Orlando is currently a 225-bed facility and has been a part of the East Orlando community since 1941.