Kissimmee, Fla. — In an effort to meet the healthcare needs of Osceola County, Osceola Regional Medical Center is completing a multi-phase expansion through the remainder of 2017 to enlarge, renovate and upgrade facilities and service lines. Many of the additions are the first of their kind in Osceola County, where the population is projected to increase 119 percent by 2040.

The hospital, which is part of HCA’s North Florida Division, will spend approximately $50 million on these improvements. As a result, the number of beds available will go from 332 to 404, an increase of more than 20 percent. Many of the new beds are being added to care for trauma patients during their recovery. The hospital became a Provisional Status Level II Trauma Center in May 2015 and achieved full status in July 2016.

“At Osceola Regional, we are continually looking for ways to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community,” said Davide Carbone, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center. “These expansions and upgrades will position us at the forefront of quality healthcare in Osceola County for years to come.”

The following projects are currently underway:

  • New Comprehensive Stroke Center — Currently the only Primary Advanced Stroke Center in the county, Osceola Regional will soon achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center status – allowing it to treat patients with complex cases who previously would have been transferred out of the county. The hospital will offer higher-level care, using expert specialists, expanded protocols and advanced technology, such as a biplane angiography system that produces detailed, three-dimensional views of the brain to help diagnose and treat complex strokes. The biplane imaging equipment is also part of the new Neuro and Vascular Interventional Center.
  • New MRI Scanner — The hospital’s radiology department will add a 16 Channel Wide Bore 1.5 T MRI Scanner. This diagnostic equipment will specialize in high-quality brain and neurological images to complement the new Comprehensive Stroke Center. The MRI also offers more comfort and ease for patients by providing noise reduction and wider bore for patients weighing up to 500 pounds.
  • New Endoscopy Unit — A state-of-the-art, expanded intervention unit will offer new technology, space and aesthetic features. This dedicated area allows doctors to perform endoscopy procedures that provide internal images of the digestive system to enable diagnosis and treatment.
  • New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Level III — The Women’s and Children Department will add eight beds to transform the existing NICU Level II into a Level III unit, where specialists from Nemours will provide critical care for babies under 25 weeks old. Nemours physicians also staff the nursery and new Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Osceola Regional remains the only medical facility to offer this level of care for children in Osceola County.
  • Tower A Expansion and New Progressive Care Unit — The hospital is adding two floors to its 2-year-old Tower A building, including a new 36-bed Progressive Care Unit (PCU). The unit will care for for patients, including trauma survivors, who are stepping down from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and still need close monitoring and a high level of nursing care.
  • New Inpatient Acute Physical Rehabilitation Center — Part of the Tower A expansion, the 5th floor addition will host an intensive physical rehabilitation facility to treat patients with debilitating diseases, traumatic injuries, brain and neurological conditions, and orthopedic and spine injuries. A multidisciplinary team of therapists and healthcare professionals will provide admitted patients with individualized care while medically managed by specially trained physicians. The 28-bed modern facility will be the first of its kind in Osceola County and is scheduled to open by the end of 2017.
  • Expansion of Graduate Medical Education (GME) Residencies — Osceola Regional is a teaching hospital for newly graduated physicians in collaboration with the UCF College of Medicine to address the shortage of physicians in the community. The hospital plans to expand its capacity for GME residencies from 5 with 1 fellowship in 2017, to 10 with 2 fellowships in 2018.
  • Hunter’s Creek ER — The hospital’s freestanding ER is currently under construction to expand its capacity from 11 to 20 bays and address the need of emergency care in this growing area of South Orlando. Hunters Creek ER features 24/7 emergency-trained physicians, skilled nurses, a dedicated trauma room and on-site diagnostic equipment such as CAT scan, ultrasound, X-ray and laboratory services. The expansion’s completion is scheduled for September 2017. Hunter’s Creek ER is located next to the JW Marriott at 12100 S. John Young Parkway.

Architects TMP, Studio+, Herrford Dooley, Hunton Brady and Parsons Group and contractors Robbins & Morton, Brasfield & Gorrie and DDHG are working on various aspects of these multiple expansion projects.