Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has announced a $100 million expansion project that will add more than 180,000 square feet to the hospital's footprint.
This expansion will significantly increase the size of the Orange City hospital's emergency department, create a fully private bed model for all 175 inpatient beds and build a new four-story patient tower for enhanced cardiac, intensive care, surgical, and other services.
"This construction project has been in the plans for quite some time now and we are so excited to have the opportunity to share this news with our community," said David Ottati, Adventist Health System Central Florida Division - North Region CEO. "West Volusia County has seen rapid growth and Florida Hospital is committed to meeting our patients' needs. We are dedicated to providing high-quality health care close to home, so that patients do not need to travel outside of our community for care. This expansion will help us meet the community's needs now, as well as in the future, as West Volusia continues to grow."
In the first phase of this expansion, the hospital, which opened in 1994 on Saxon Boulevard, will increase from 175 licensed beds to 225 licensed beds.
In addition, the hospital's 31-bed ER will grow to approximately 50 beds, including dedicated pediatric beds.
"More than 90 percent of our patients originate in the emergency department and we've continuously experienced high volumes of patients needing emergency care," said Rob Deininger, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial CEO. "Our emergency department was built to accommodate 40,000 patients a year, but last year alone, we cared for more than 66,000 patients. That's nearly 60 percent more than what our emergency department was built to care for."
"Florida Hospital Fish Memorial places a significant value on our responsibility to meet the community need and fulfill their trust in us," Deininger added. "This expansion is a substantial investment in our community, but it is exactly what our community needs – a world class hospital delivering increased services to our communities. We are blessed to have the opportunity to bring this expansion project to the community and build on our historic commitment for the future."