The Metro Orlando area has an extensive network of 18 hospitals meeting the needs of more than 2.5 million residents. Mainly comprised of three hospital systems, they are also available to the more than 59 million annual tourists who come to the area for sun and fun. From simple births to serious illnesses, Metro Orlando area hospitals provide every imaginable service necessary and do so while closely watching costs. Besides the in-hospital experience, each medical facility has any number of stand-alone urgent care and/or surgical centers in certain neighborhoods.
Hospitals today contract with multiple managed care companies, whether preferred provider organizations (PPOs) or health maintenance organizations (HMOs), to deliver the quality care and low cost that patients want. State-of-the-art technology means shorter hospital stays (or no checks-in at all) as hospital outpatient surgery centers allow patients to be in by 8 a.m. and out by noon.
In addition to the three major hospital systems, there is a 7,000-acre development in southeast Orlando named Lake Nona. It is the most innovative master-planned community of which the centerpiece is a 600-acre medical city. Lake Nona’s Medical City is a life sciences cluster and is home to a medical school, hospitals and research centers and is quickly becoming a hub of learning and health technology.
Leading the list of impressive hospital groups is Florida Hospital, which has been a fixture in Metro Orlando since its founding by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1908 when Orange County was known as Mosquito County. During the past 106 years, the healthcare facility has changed considerably from its small beginnings to what it is today: the largest private, not-for-profit hospital and the second largest hospital system in the state. It has eight hospitals in the tri-county area.
Second on the list with two less hospitals, but just as impressive is Orlando Health. In 1918, 5 years after Mosquito County split into Seminole and Orange counties, the area’s second health care system was founded as Orange General Hospital; today the main facility is known as Orlando Health. The company makes patient satisfaction a high priority, with a consistent goal to be in the top 10 percent of the country. The patients of Orlando Health have rated the system as the best in nearly all aspects of patient satisfaction in the most recent government report of patient satisfaction scores.
The final hospital system is Health Corporation of America (HCA) which owns two of three hospitals in Osceola County and provides health care services to the Walt Disney World area. HCA also owns a hospital in Seminole County as well as same-day surgical centers.
Following is more detailed information about the hospitals and the listings of their hospitals and auxiliary facilities as well as information about Lake Nona’s Medical City.
Florida Hospital cares for more than 2 million patients a year at its 22 campus locations throughout Central Florida which have collectively been recognized nationally and internationally for their programs.
The Florida Hospital system treats more patients than any other hospital in the United States, with the largest family medicine residency in Florida. In addition, Florida Hospital is also recognized for the following accolades: providing more care and services for cardiology, neurology and vascular surgery inpatients than any other nationally recognized hospital; treating more cancer patients than any hospital in Florida; and serves more patients each year than any hospital in Florida.
Florida Hospital is one of the largest employers in Metro Orlando, according to the Orlando Business Journal. And the Orlando Sentinel has consistently ranked Florida Hospital in its “Top 100 Companies for Working Families.” The American Hospital Association ranked Florida Hospital first in the country for number of inpatient admissions.
Florida Hospital’s ranking as Florida’s #1 hospital by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 is another one of the most recent in a long succession of prestigious awards the staff has received. In 2011 and 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida Hospital as the #1 hospital in the Metro Orlando area and one of the best hospitals in the nation overall. Florida Hospital has the largest family practice residency program in Florida and one of the largest programs in the nation.
At the main facility in Orlando, high-tech multi-specialties have developed such as the hospital’s organ transplant services; extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (a non-surgical procedure for removing kidney stones); neuroscience services, including a special care unit for brain and spinal surgery patients; and cardiac services, including angioplasties for unclogging blocked arteries and open heart surgeries.
Florida Hospital, a 2,247-bed acute-care medical facility, also serves as a major tertiary referral hospital (specialized consultative care) for Central Florida and much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America. Adventist Health System operates 44 hospitals in 10 states, making it the largest not-for-profit protestant health care system in the United States.
Florida Hospital Orlando
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Florida Hospital Centra Care
19 locations throughout Central Florida
Orlando Health is a $1.9 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals and care centers throughout Central Florida.
The organization, which includes Physician Associates, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in Central Florida, and the area’s only Level One Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics, is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. The facilities include: Orlando Regional Medical Center; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; Health Central Hospital, the Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which consists of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation); and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent affiliation). Areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and women’s health.
Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees and nearly 3,000 physicians supporting their philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. They prove this with more than 100,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 900,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves 1.8 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $270 million in support of community health needs.
In April, 2014, Orlando Health’s four wholly-owned adult hospitals were honored with their fourth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The grades reflect Orlando Health’s commitment to providing high quality care to patients. In June, 2014, Arnold Palmer Medical Center (Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies) was included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. The hospital, when compared to all other hospitals in their survey, ranked among the best in eight pediatric specialties: #17 in orthopedics, #22 in neonatology, #26 in pulmonology, #27 in urology, #36 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, #41 in cardiology and heart surgery, #41 in diabetes and endocrinology, and #47 in neurology and neurosurgery. Their facilities are located as follows:
Orlando Health (Main Campus)
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Health Corporation of America
At its founding in 1968, Nashville-based Health Corporation of America (HCA) was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. HCA is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, with approximately 4 to 5 percent of all inpatient care provided by HCA facilities. The hospital system also maintains a significant presence in Metro Orlando, with a hospital in Seminole County and two hospitals in Osceola County, one of which just opened last year. The company also has one same day surgical center in each of the three counties: Seminole, Osceola and Orange.
HCA typically invests about $1.5 billion annually to keep their facilities modern and up-to-date technologically, as well as to expand and add services where needed. Focusing primarily on communities where the company is a leading healthcare provider, HCA selectively adds new facilities in order to better serve its communities.
Since two HCA founders were physicians, HCA highly values the strong relationships created with local physicians, providing them with a wide array of services and modern facilities in order to help them deliver the best possible care. Locations in Central Florida are:
Central Florida Regional Hospital
Osceola Regional Medical Center
LAKE NONA’S MEDICAL CITY
Lake Nona Medical City is a life sciences “cluster of excellence” within Lake Nona, a master-designed community in Orlando, Florida. Built by Tavistock Development Company, the emerging destination for medical innovation is pioneering advances in clinical treatments, medical education and health care delivery.
University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine
Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is one of the first U.S. medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up. UCF’s program epitomizes innovation, high-tech learning tools and a pioneering spirit to educate young doctors and scientists in a new and better way for the 21st century. In 2014, the M.D. program enrolled its sixth class, and its second at full enrollment of 120 students. The College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is training almost 3,000 undergraduate majors in the biomedical sciences. The school also offers master’s degrees in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology as well as a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences. In fall 2015, the college will began offering an M.D.-Ph.D. degree.
University of Florida Research and Academic Center
The University of Florida Research & Academic Center in Lake Nona focuses on innovative approaches to research and patient care, particularly in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and brain disorders. The Lake Nona facility houses a four-year Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, enrolling 70 students each year. It also features the Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology, Center for Pharmacogenomics, Institute for Therapeutic Innovation, Institute of Aging, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Medication Therapy Management Communication and Care Center.
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours has grown into one of the country’s leading pediatric health networks. Since opening in Lake Nona Medical City in October 2012, Nemours Children’s Hospital has cared for children from 50 states and 53 countries, bringing new pediatric medical services to Central Florida, including the only two fellowship-trained pediatric interventional radiologists in Florida and the region’s only Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic. Ranked 9th in the nation for NIH research funding among free-standing children’s hospitals, researchers at Nemours are tackling childhood cancers, medication safety, cardiac surgical outcomes, diabetes, asthma, genetic conditions, infant mortality and more.
Orlando Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an “Emerging Center of Innovation,” the new $665 million, 1.2 million-square-foot Medical Center in Lake Nona includes 134 inpatient beds, 120-bed Community Living Center and 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program Domiciliary. Serving the region’s 400,000 veterans, the hospital provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, administrative and support services. The Lake Nona Medical City campus is also home to the SimLEARN National Simulation Center.