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Florida Hospital for Women marks grand opening with community celebration

Several thousand Central Floridians converged on the lawn at Florida Hospital Orlando for inspiring messages, live music, an interactive light show, hot air balloon rides, and other activities to celebrate the grand opening of the Florida Hospital for Women.

The new hospital is not only a destination for women’s health, but also Florida Hospital’s gift to the community. The community celebration comes just days before the hospital officially opens its doors to patients. The 12-story, 330-bed specialty hospital will begin caring for patients on Jan. 24, and will offer an environment and services tailored to the unique needs of women.

“Florida Hospital has been caring for women for more than 100 years, and today cares for more women in Central Florida than any other health care provider,” said Marla Silliman, Senior Executive Officer of Florida Hospital for Women and Florida Hospital for Children. “This new hospital behind us is a symbol of our dedication to providing women across all generations with compassionate, world-class care.”

The first phase of the hospital includes the opening of four floors. The first floor houses the Center for Women's Wellness, which will include a high-risk breast cancer clinic, mammography services, lactation center, cardiac screenings and health classes. The first phase also includes the opening of 72 mother-baby rooms and high-risk OB rooms, labor and delivery suites, and three operating room.

Once all phases of the hospital are complete, Florida Hospital for Women will offer general and high-risk obstetrics, gynecology, a level-three NICU, the region’s only milk depot, oncology, surgery, breast care, cardiovascular care, wellness education and more. The hospital will also include Central Florida’s first comprehensive program for soon-to-be and new mothers suffering from depression and other mood disorders.

“As the primary caregivers and decision-makers for families, we owe it to women to provide them with the most comprehensive, informed, advanced and compassionate care possible,” said Dr. Lori Boardman, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Medical Director of Women's Health at Florida Hospital for Women.”

Florida Hospital for Women is a modern, soothing environment designed around the needs and preferences of women and their family members.

Details like customizable lighting and room temperature, headwalls that conceal medical equipment, and extra space to accommodate family members are incorporated into the design of patient rooms to add comfort to the hospital stay. In addition, specially trained staff including women’s health navigators, birth coordinators, and a dedicated women’s chaplain will serve Florida Hospital for Women’s unique population.

“We asked women in our community and our own employees how we could design a hospital that not only meets, but exceeds expectations,” said Kari Vargas, vice president of Florida Hospital Orlando. “We applied that feedback in designing the beautiful structure you see today.”