FHW Expansion and ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony

Just when you’d think nothing could top Florida Hospital Waterman, they topped themselves!

Employees of Florida Hospital Waterman, community members, and honored guests celebrated the structural topping out of the new Emergency Department expansion and Patient Tower recently. Resident and employees were given an opportunity to sign the historical beam before it was installed by the main contractor Robins & Morton of Orlando.

“This is a big day for Florida Hospital Waterman,” said Abel Biri, chief executive officer. “As our community continues to grow, and more Lake County residents choose us for their care, we have expanded to meet that demand.” Jacobs, Robins & Morton, Gresham Smith & Partners were among the honored guests.

Construction started on this $70 million expansion project in July 2017, with completion scheduled for April, 2019.

More than 111,000 square feet of patient care space will be added to the hospital, including 58 beds to the Emergency Department and a 24-bed addition to the Women and Children’s unit.

Floors three and four of the new patient tower will be shelled for future growth, with the structure being able to support an additional expansion up to six floors.

More than doubling the hospital’s emergency capacity, the expansion also expands women’s services, pediatrics, and plans for future growth. Additionally, a sub-grade connecting tunnel, a connecting structure, and required MEP capacity upgrades to existing Central Energy Plant will be made.

“We are committed to delivering the most advanced and efficient care possible in our community,” says Mr. Biri, “We are blessed to have the opportunity to build on our historic commitment for the future.”

Florida Hospital Waterman will soon be AdventHealth Waterman. A 269-bed, full-service community hospital located in the heart of Lake County, it was founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman, president of the Waterman Fountain Pen Company, and has grown from an 18-bed facility to a leading provider of acute and home health services in Central Florida.

The hospital joined the Adventist Health System in 1992 and moved to its present location in 2003. With more than 1,700 employees, and nearly 280 physicians on its medical staff, the hospital cares for more than 15,000 inpatients a year, treating more than 67,000 patients in its Emergency Department annually.