ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2013 - Surrounded by hundreds of flowers, Florida Hospital East Orlando recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the growth of its emergency department. The expansion will double the size of the current emergency department to better meet the needs of the expanding community. As a symbol of the hospital’s roots in the East Orlando area, community and hospital leaders planted 260 flowers to represent the average number of patients seen on a daily basis in the emergency department.
“As the East Orlando community has grown over the years, Florida Hospital East Orlando has made enhancements to grow and expand in order to provide the best care possible in a convenient setting,” said Mike Thompson, administrator of Florida Hospital East Orlando. “Our goal is to provide patients with more efficient service and access to high quality medical care in their own backyard.”
In 2012, the Florida Hospital East Orlando emergency department treated more than 83,000 patients. As a result of the high demand for emergency care, the hospital plans to double the size of its emergency department from 36 to 65 beds. The expansion will also include several kid-friendly rooms with nature themes and LED lighting along with kid friendly waiting areas to provide a more calming environment for kids. Construction for the emergency department is expected to be complete in summer 2014. When the expansion is complete, Florida Hospital East Orlando will be able to treat 100,000 patients a year.
Florida Hospital East Orlando is also building out the fifth floor of its main patient tower. The expansion will add 40 private patient beds to expand surgical services offered at the hospital. This expansion is expected to be complete in July 2013.
Overall, the project will generate about 75 new construction jobs as well as new clinical jobs within the hospital. Florida Hospital East Orlando is currently a 225-bed facility and has been a part of the East Orlando community since 1941. Adding 40 new beds will bring the total number of beds to 265.
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