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New Florida Hospital, UCF Health partnership brings innovative health care to Gateway at Lake Nona

Florida Hospital and UCF Health on Wednesday unveiled Gateway at Lake Nona, an innovative and collaborative model of health care that brings a range of new providers and services to Medical City.

This unique partnership allows patients to have convenient access at a single location to UCF Health and Florida Hospital’s physicians, imaging center, laboratory services and rehabilitation program. At the same time, patients can also tap into the academic strength of the UCF College of Medicine’s practice, where all doctors are faculty physicians at the medical school.

It is with a shared vision that Florida Hospital and UCF Health created Gateway, which integrates clinical services, wellness, education and research. UCF Health is already open and seeing patients; Florida Hospital opens April 20.

The primary care and specialty services provided by Florida Hospital Medical Group and UCF Health include: family medicine, internal medicine, urology, cardiology, endocrinology, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology. Florida Hospital’s imaging center will give patients a convenient option for their mammograms, ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs and CT scans. At the hospital’s rehabilitation center, patients can receive treatment from physical therapists who specialize in orthopedic and sports medicine, spine and other areas. Patients will have easy access to Florida Hospital’s laboratory when physicians order clinical tests.

As a result of the partnership, Gateway Lake Nona is able to offer patients a seamless experience and give physicians increased opportunities to be connected with one another.

The emphasis on collaboration extends into other areas, such as clinical data sharing, education and research. One distinction at Gateway is the physicians’ workspace. Instead of working in their private offices, physicians will literally work together in an open space, which allows them to offer collaborative care.

“It’s an advanced approach to health and care,” said Brian Paradis, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Florida Hospital. “It is offering the latest in treatment modalities, clinical capabilities and new approaches to wellness, and is supported deeply by education and research.”

Gateway is a model for medical practices of the future, and a perfect fit for Lake Nona, where technology and innovation are cornerstones of the community.

UCF’s College of Medicine has helped lead that innovation at Lake Nona, with a 21st century medical school that features state-of-the-art labs and classrooms and a new curriculum that integrates basic and clinical sciences from a student’s first year. Many UCF faculty physicians also are researching new and better treatments for disease. The Lake Nona location is the second for UCF Health, which opened its first center in 2011 on University Boulevard just blocks from the main UCF campus.

“As UCF physicians, scientists and teachers, we are building a medical school that is this century’s best. We’re discovering innovative solutions to today’s medical challenges. And at UCF Health, we’re committed to bringing these advancement to patients,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and founding dean of the medical school. “We are expanding our multispecialty practice to serve more people across our community and are excited to bring needed out-patient care to our Lake Nona neighbors.”

Gateway Lake Nona is conveniently located at Tavistock Lakes Boulevard and Narcoossee Road in Orlando. The center is accepting new patients, and most major insurance plans are accepted. For information, visit GatewayLakeNona.com.

For media inquiries only, call Florida Hospital Corporate Communications at 407-303-8217 or UCF Health at 407-266-1418.