HCA Healthcare's North Florida Division will open three freestanding emergency rooms and four CareNow(R) Urgent Care centers across Central Florida in 2017 and 2018 - expanding community access to healthcare and HCA's presence in the region.
Two freestanding emergency rooms will be located in Orange County near Baldwin Park and in the Millenia area, with another freestanding emergency room located in Seminole County on International Parkway. Each will operate as a full-service emergency department providing 24/7 emergency care for adults and children. The locations will be about 10,000 square feet and contain approximately 11 beds.
CareNow(R) Urgent Care will open two more Seminole County locations in Sanford and Lake Mary and for the first time have a presence in Orange County with two locations in East Orlando on Alafaya Trail and in Winter Park. CareNow(R) opened its first Orlando-area clinic this past February, in Winter Springs. CareNow(R) Urgent Care is part of HCA and affiliated with HCA North Florida Division.
"As the leading hospital network in the nation and largest healthcare provider in Florida, HCA is uniquely positioned to meet Orlando's growing need for healthcare services," said Michael P. Joyce, FACHE, President of HCA North Florida Division. "Our comprehensive system increases continuity of care and provides patients with more options and resources for their health care needs."
"CareNow(R) is a growing part of the HCA family in Orlando and 12 other major markets," said Tim Miller, President of CareNow(R) Urgent Care. "With our extended hours and neighborhood locations, we are committed to meeting patients' needs for convenient quality care in non-emergency situations."
HCA has grown its Orlando footprint substantially in recent years with freestanding emergency rooms in Hunter's Creek and Oviedo. The Oviedo ER recently expanded into the full-service hospital, Oviedo Medical Center. Additionally, HCA launched a consortium with the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine to train up to 600 medical residents and fellows by 2020. HCA is now partnering with UCF to build a community-based teaching hospital in Lake Nona.
Freestanding ERs are on the rise nationwide as health providers seek more efficient ways to treat patients. In addition to freestanding ERs, HCA operates four hospitals in Central Florida: Central Florida Regional Hospital, Oviedo Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center and Poinciana Medical Center.