Kissimmee, FL –Osceola Regional Medical Center announced today it has launched a $7 million project to create a new and state-of-the art Pediatric Department with expanded high level services in the recently-opened patient tower on its main hospital in Kissimmee .

The expansion which will replace the existing Pediatric Unit will create a 14,000-square-foot Pediatric Department on the first floor of the patient tower. The new department will include eight Pediatric Medical/Surgical beds; a six-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); and related support space. This expansion combined with the recently renovated Pediatric Emergency Department will enable Osceola Regional to provide a more cohesive pediatric program through expanded specialist services and medical coverage 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

The modern Pediatric Emergency Department reopened in December 2014 to complement the transformation of its waiting room and the new updated design of the main Emergency Department waiting room and reception areas.

Osceola Regional’s Pediatric ER and Pediatric Unit are staffed with dedicated pediatric ER physicians, pediatric hospitalists and a tenured team of local pediatric and family practice physicians.

“The addition of our $7 million Pediatric ICU and new Pediatric Unit will provide well-needed access to a higher level of pediatric care and elevate clinical outcomes for our pediatric patients and families of Osceola County and the South Orlando area.” said Robert Krieger, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center and Hunter’s Creek ER. “We look forward to enhance the critical care services at Osceola Regional and meet the growing needs of our young and vibrant communities.”

In addition to pediatric care, Osceola Regional offers the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Level II facility in Osceola County. The Level II NICU provides special medical care for newborns and is adjacent to the recently-renovated $1.6 million Baby Suites for birthing mothers.