Orlando Health opens 6th freestanding ER, keeping pace with rivals

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Orlando (Fla.) Health opened its sixth freestanding emergency room in Central Florida., Sept. 16, according to The Orlando Business Journal

The 40,000-square-foot, two-story freestanding ER houses an imaging department, outpatient pharmacy and lab services unit. The ER, located in Lake Mary, Fla., cost $69 million to build. 

The opening of Orlando Health's freestanding ER comes as two rivals that operate in Central Florida — Altamonte Springs-based AdventHealth and national for-profit hospital operator Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare — race to build additional freestanding ERs in the state.

Standalone emergency departments are on the rise in Florida because of overcrowded ERs on hospital campuses, according to the report.

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