Orlando Health has revealed plans to reimagine its present Seminole County campus as a healthcare hub in downtown Longwood, Florida.

The plans include construction of new free-standing emergency department (FSED) that would be ready in the summer of 2024 to serve patients, in line with closure of Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital and the opening of the new Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital.

Orlando Health and City of Longwood are working on developing a location for residents that complements the redesigned Reiter Park.

The existing campus is envisaged to include a 15-acre town centre for the City of Longwood featuring a combination of multi-family residential, retail and office uses.

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital president and Orlando Health senior vice president for northeast region Shawn Molsberger said: “We’re very proud of our nearly 40-year history here in Longwood as a hospital caring for so many people in our community and as one of the largest employers in the area.

“Working closely with the city, we’re making an investment into our community that allows us to continue providing a high level of care while bringing in new amenities that will further enhance the quality of life for Longwood residents.”

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With the exception of two existing medical office buildings that offer services such as cardiology, pulmonology, rehabilitation, general surgery, infectious disease, and urology, most of the Longwood campus will be redeveloped.

Furthermore, plans are underway to relocate behavioural health services at South Seminole Hospital to a new Central Florida location.

At the Central Florida location, Orlando Health plans to develop a new facility to enable greater access to clinical mental health services.

Orlando Health plans to make an announcement on the new behavioural health project soon.

Construction of the new Longwood FSED is expected to begin early next year.