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

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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