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Major $50 Million Expansion Planned

December 21, 2010

Osceola Regional Medical Center Plans Major $50 Million Expansion

KISSIMMEE, FL, DECEMBER, 2010 — Osceola Regional Medical Center leadership has announced that the hospital will significantly expand its ability to care for the community through a $50 million expansion which includes a new patient services tower. When complete, the tower will house an additional 64 state-of-the-art private rooms. Twelve of these rooms will be designated for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients; 20 will be for patients needing an intermediate level of care; and 34 will be designated for Medical/Surgical patients, bringing Osceola Regional’s total bed count to 321. The ambitious undertaking adds 107,000 square feet of new space and 20,000 square feet of renovated space to the hospital’s existing footprint.

Currently in the design phase, construction is expected to begin the summer of 2011 and to be completed by the first quarter of 2013. The tower will be built on the east side of the hospital campus, on property owned by Osceola Regional. Plans also call for expansion of the hospital’s existing power plant and the addition of a two-story parking garage to create 250 additional spaces, to support this major expansion.

“Our new tower is being designed to accommodate future vertical expansion. Ultimately, we will add two more floors and another 68 additional private patient rooms to our main hospital campus,” said Kathryn Gillette, CEO. Mrs. Gillette, who recently took the helm at Osceola Regional, added, “Osceola County, Kissimmee and Central Florida will continue to grow. It’s imperative that we anticipate this growth and the corresponding need for health care. We see our commitment to the new patient services tower as an investment in the health of our community.”

Osceola  Regional anticipates spending nearly $6 million on technology and medical equipment to outfit the tower. The expansion will also create about 125 new jobs.