Great News for the Waterford Lakes Florida Area with the announcement of the ground breaking of a new freestanding emergency room.
On Sept. 13 there was a ceremony held by the nonprofit health care provider to announce the $15.6 million AdventHealth Waterford Lakes ER.
The ER will have 24 patient rooms, including two pediatric-friendly rooms; imaging technology such as CT, X-ray and ultrasound; as well as a laboratory. Orlando-based HuntonBrady Architects PA is the project architect and West Point, Ga.-based Batson-Cook Co. is the general contractor.
Location of the Waterford Lakes Freestanding ER.
The new facility is part of a growing trend in the area to build more freestanding emergency centers. The state had only 26 freestanding ERs in 2016 and that number has grown to 41, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The total count will rise to 50-plus with the Central Florida projects in the works and may go even higher, since they fulfill a strategy for hospital systems to grow revenue by bringing emergency care closer to outlying, typically affluent suburbs, where people are more likely to be able to afford health care.
The approximately 19,000-square-foot facility is expected to open second-quarter 2019 and have 300 temporary construction jobs and 100 permanent medical jobs at full buildout.
Proposed Rendering of the ER Construction Project