South Lake Hospital’s northward expansion officially begins this week. The hospital’s new free-standing facility in Leesburg is scheduled to open for patients Wednesday, June 6.
The Orlando Health South Lake Hospital Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion – Blue Cedar is at 22316 U.S. Highway 27, near Blue Cedar Road and Florida’s Turnpike. The 20-acre campus is located 13 miles north of South Lake Hospital’s main campus in Clermont.
Previously, South Lake Hospital’s emergency services were available only at the main campus in Clermont. Emergency room visits at the hospital have continued to steadily increase over the past decade to well over 50,000 each year, a news release states. The new facility is the hospital’s first free-standing emergency department and will improve access to care for residents living in the northern part of the hospital’s service area.
“Although we have provided health-care services to all residents of South Lake County since 1947, we recognized that we needed to expand our care into the surrounding neighborhoods of our community,” John Moore, South Lake Hospital president, says in the release. “We will now offer enhanced ease of access to quality emergency and outpatient care closer to home for those we serve.”
The Blue Cedar facility, which was built at a cost of about $10 million, will offer 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emergency care services staffed by board-certified emergency room physicians, registered nurses, and a full support staff; diagnostic imaging services including ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, and computed tomography (CT); laboratory services for both ER patients and outpatients; and a helipad for air care transfers to and from the site.
Other features include 12 treatment rooms; a specialized resuscitation room for infants, children, and adults; and space for outpatient services, including rehabilitation, which will be available Monday through Friday.
Physician offices will be located in a medical office building next door to the emergency center and will include primary care, cardiology, and other specialties. The medical pavilion is scheduled to open in September.
The Blue Cedar project is part of South Lake Hospital’s three-site expansion that also includes upgrades to the main campus and construction of another free-standing satellite, South Lake Hospital Joe H. and Loretta Scott Health Pavilion – Four Corners, which is expected to open in early August, the release states. This pavilion was strategically placed about 15 miles south of the main campus in the south end of the hospital’s health-care district. The simultaneous projects were driven by current and projected needs based on growth.
South Lake Hospital, an affiliate of Orlando Health, includes a 140-bed not-for-profit hospital, a 30-bed short-term rehabilitation center, the Center for Women’s Health, the National Training Center sports and fitness facility, South Lake Endoscopy Center, South Lake Surgery Center, and campus partners Special Olympics Florida, Brandy Johnson Global Gymnastics, and several medical office buildings on the Clermont campus, according to the release.
The hospital employs more than 1,500 team members and has more than 375 physicians on its medical staff. For more information, visit southlakehospital.com.