As Orlando (including Lake Nona) continues to enjoy rising commercial development, especially in the area of medical research and health care, news came from the well-known Florida Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System, that it will be building three new, big health care facilities in the Orlando area, all targeting the needs of women's health care - and spending almost $270 million, its 2nd largest capital investment in 100 years, making this our news release of the week:
Florida Hospital Unveils Historic New Vision for Women's Health Care in Central Florida
Research show women's lifespan is not growing as fast as men's
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 18, 2012 - New research shows that the lifespan of women is not growing at the same rate as the lifespan as men. Florida Hospital believes that now is the time to put the focus back on women's health. On the front lawn of the hospital, Florida Hospital announced a renewed commitment to women's services that will span across Central Florida with three new buildings, additional services, world-class physicians and an innovative health and wellness platform to provide women with tools to live longer, healthier lives.
"Florida Hospital has been providing services to women for more than 100 years across our system and it has always been a part of who we are," said Lars Houmann, president and CEO of Florida Hospital. "But we know we can do more. Now is the time for us to step forward and put the focus on women's health."
As part of the commitment to extend women's health services to all women through Central Florida, Florida Hospital unveiled a comprehensive plan that is the largest commitment to women's services in Florida Hospital history.
"As a physician, I saw first-hand the stress women put on themselves and the types of unique health challenges women face on a daily basis," said Dr. Monica Reed, senior vice president of Florida Hospital. "We need to create new services for women that will bring innovative and personalized medical care together."
The three new buildings will house comprehensive services for women and expand on current services already available at Florida Hospital. The Celebration Health Women's Institute is a four-story 80,000-square-foot building that will house a variety of women's health services including breast care, radiation and oncology, gynecology and obstetrics. The Winter Park Women's Health Pavilion, a two-story building opening in fall of 2013, will be a comprehensive one-stop boutique center for women's health and wellness and also offer a variety of medical services. Florida Hospital Orlando announced plans for a new women's tower, the Florida Hospital Orlando Women's Pavilion, a 12-story patient tower that will feature more than 300 patient beds when it is complete in 2015.
"Women experience a variety of health challenges that can affect the entire home and family unit," said Marla Silliman, senior vice president of Florida Hospital. "We also know women are extremely busy and are more likely to put their own health concerns on hold. Part of our commitment will include a unique wellness and prevention program, designed just for women."
New mom Sarah Doherty knows from first-hand experience the importance of having access to high-quality medical care, for both her and her new baby.
"As a new mom of a one month old daughter, my life has completely changed," said Doherty. "I had a very difficult end to my pregnancy and spent eight weeks in the high risk OB unit at Florida Hospital on bed rest. The hospital's commitment to treating the health needs of women is of great comfort to me. I know Florida Hospital will be here to care for my daughter throughout her entire life."
Florida Hospital also announced the kick-off of Healthy 100 Women. Florida Hospital is on a journey to inspire the entire Central Florida community to live to a Healthy 100 years old. Healthy 100 Women will allow women to help shape what services and programs should be included as Florida Hospital embarks on this journey to expand women's health care services.