Who would go to a hospital if they didn’t need to? Anyone who’s interested in seeing the future of health care in Lake County.
South Lake Hospital is offering two community tours of its new free-standing facility in Leesburg, the Orlando Health South Lake Hospital Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion – Blue Cedar.
The tours are scheduled from 9am-noon Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at 22316 U.S. Highway 27, near Blue Cedar Road and Florida’s Turnpike. The open houses will feature tours of the facility, refreshments, and complimentary balance screenings by South Lake Hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation department, a news release states.
The Blue Cedar pavilion, which was built at a cost of about $10 million, is scheduled to open for patients Wednesday, June 6. The pavilion will offer 24-hour emergency care services staffed by board-certified emergency room physicians; diagnostic imaging services including ultrasound, MRI, and computed tomography (CT); and laboratory services for both ER patients and outpatients. The facility will offer primary care, cardiology, and outpatient rehabilitation as well as additional specialties.
The new 20-acre health-care campus is located 13 miles north of the hospital’s main campus in Clermont. The site was part of approximately 42 acres of former citrus groves annexed into the city of Leesburg in February 2016.
The project is part of South Lake Hospital’s three-site expansion that also includes upgrades to the main campus and construction of another satellite, South Lake Hospital Joe H. and Loretta Scott Health Pavilion – Four Corners. That site, located about 15 miles south of the main campus, also is expected to open this year.
The focus of both new satellites is emergency care, says Dr. Jeffrey Fitch, hospital chief of staff. The simultaneous projects are driven by current and projected needs based on growth, and the satellite campuses were placed in strategic areas in the north and south ends of South Lake Hospital’s health-care district. The placements will make health-care access significantly more convenient for the many patients who drive to the Clermont campus from those areas, Dr. Fitch says.
See a one-minute construction video here: