US-based not-for-profit healthcare organisation Orlando Health has started construction of its new Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital in Florida with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The new hospital will feature 180 beds in two six-storey towers. It will also have the scope to expand its capacity to accommodate up to 240 beds.

The 320,000ft2 facility will also feature medical-surgical bed units, an observation unit, imaging suite, two catheterisation labs and six operating rooms.

Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital will primarily focus on women’s health, including labour and delivery services. It will have a neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) in future.

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital president and Orlando Health northeast region senior vice-president Shawn Molsberger said: “This is a major milestone for the community and the vision we have for this healthcare campus.

“We’re very proud to have a partner like the City of Lake Mary to help make this possible and bring cutting-edge, comprehensive healthcare to the residents of Seminole County.”

Construction works at the site will be completed in spring 2024.

HKS Architects has been appointed as the project architect, and Brasfield & Gorrie will be responsible for the construction management.

Upon completion, Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital will be connected to Orlando Health Emergency Room – Lake Mary. The latter opened in 2019 with 25 treatment rooms, imaging department and outpatient pharmacy among others.

City of Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor said: “It is so exciting to see the growth of this medical campus and everything Orlando Health continues to do to bring advanced healthcare options to Lake Mary.

“We’re thrilled to have them as an economic development partner for our community and in improving the quality of life for our residents.”