Healthcare in the region is comprehensive, with internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurology, diabetes, orthopedics and rehabilitation. According to the American Hospital Association, two of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, highlighted below, are headquartered in the region.
Florida Hospital is an acute-care healthcare system with more than 2,800 beds in a comprehensive network of 17 hospitals and 15 Centra Care walk-in urgent care centers. Owned and operated by Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is the second busiest system in the country and treats more than one million patients each year.
Florida Hospital offers a wide range of health services for the entire family, including nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women's medicine, neurology, diabetes, orthopedics and rehabilitation. For the past several years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Florida Hospital as one of "America's Best Hospitals". In addition, because Florida Hospital performs more complex cardiac cases than any other facility in the country, MSNBC selected Florida Hospital as the premier focus of their hour long special—"Heart Hospital." Florida Hospital also operates Florida Flight 1, their emergency air-medical transport service.
Orlando Health is a 1,780-bed, private, not-for-profit healthcare network. Established in 1918 on the heels of World War I, and in the midst of the Spanish Flu epidemic that raged across the world, the system today cares for more than two million local patients and 4,500 international patients each year.
A community-based and supported hospital organization of facilities, they are comprised of Orlando Regional Medical Center, UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Seminole Hospital, Health Central Hospital, and South Lake Hospital. The system is home to Orlando’s only Level One Trauma Center, which serves a 22-county region and is equipped to handle the most serious emergencies. Orlando Health is also home to the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, designed to treat infants with serious conditions. They established the Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, bringing together leading pediatric cardiology sub-specialists to offer extensive expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with heart disease.
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Also located at Lake Nona Medical City, Nemours Children’s Hospital is a 620,000-square-foot facility with 95 beds, an 18-bay emergency department, a neonatal intensive care unit and departments specializing in complex childhood diseases. The hospital is a central hub of a 60-acre pediatric health campus featuring a children’s clinic, emergency department, diagnostic and ambulatory programs, education centers and research programs. The Nemours Children’s Hospital is expected to pump $400 million into the Central Florida economy and eventually create 2,600 new jobs.
Designed with the help of a Family Advisory Council, the hospital was built with input from parents and children who received care at Nemours. Patient-controlled technology that can change the color of the lighting in a room at night and personalize space for a child is just one of the features developed by the families and designers. The hospital concept also connects with nature and its healing power by incorporating numerous gardens and green space around the perimeter for patients, and their parents, to explore.
Orlando VA Medical Center
Scheduled to open in 2015 at Lake Nona Medical City, the Orlando VA Medical Center will be a 134-bed hospital that will bring the latest research and state-of-the-art medicine to 400,000 Central Florida veterans. This facility, the first VA hospital built in the United States since 1995, will pioneer cutting-edge technology in prosthetic limbs and bionic technologies for arms, legs, and eyes. The Center will also specialize in brain injury treatment, post traumatic stress disorder research and treatments in suicide prevention.
In addition, the Center will be the nationwide training and planning home for the VA’s new medical simulation system—Simulated Learning Enhancement and Advanced Research Network (SimLEARN). A 35,000-square-foot facility, to be called the SimLEARN National Center, will bring physicians and other medical professionals from throughout the country to train in the latest medical simulation technology, including surgical robotics.