Hospital officials announced Nov. 1 that the hospital is buying property in Apopka for a larger new replacement hospital. The land is on Harmon Road, near Ocoee Apopka Road, near the intersection of State Roads 414, 429 and 451.
The plan is to double the current number of beds at the hospital from 50 to 100. The news means opportunities for contractors, architects and trade groups, as well as work for an as-yet unknown number of construction workers. Additionally, the expansion, if approved, would add new health care jobs to the Orange County economy.
According to the Health Council of East Central Florida, Florida Hospital Apopka had a 54 percent occupancy rate for its acute care beds in second-quarter 2013.
“The most important design driver for our relocation was to stay within and continue to serve the Apopka community,” said Jennifer Wandersleben, vice president and administrator of Florida Hospital Apopka in a news release. “Our community desires and needs a full-service hospital close to home that offers the latest technology and a comprehensive medical staff to serve the health care needs of our community.”
Additionally, the entire new hospital would have private rooms, whereas now 80 percent of the rooms are semi-private in the current location. Surgical services also would be a part of the new hospital, including the recruitment of new surgeons to the area, according to the release.