Adventist Health System buys Lake Nona land for $9M

Adventist Health System, parent of Hospital, just bought more land in southeast ‘s community that potentially could be used for several medical purposes, including a freestanding emergency department and/or an outpatient surgery center.

Freestanding emergency centers typically are owned and operated by licensed hospitals. The facilities are not connected to a main hospital campus, but offer the same comprehensive 24/7 emergency services. The number of such facilities is on the rise in Florida, in part due to overcrowded ERs and a desire to grow hospital system revenue. Such facilities also act as a toehold for future hospitals.

Adventist spent $8.975 million on roughly 15 acres on the north and south sides of Lake Nona Boulevard, according to documents filed on Dec. 15. The land is adjacent a 67.24-acre site Adventist bought last year, which currently is zoned as grazing land and doesn’t have any structures built on it.

The land is 13 miles from Florida Hospital East Orlando on Lake Underhill Road.

Adventist representatives were not immediately available for comment on what it plans to develop on the site.

The latest land sale deed restricts Adventist to a maximum of 145,000 square feet to be used for medical offices, an emergency department, an outpatient surgery center, and health and wellness services that can include chiropractic services, general physical therapy and rehabilitation services. The deed also allows for dining, vitamin and nutritional supplement retail sales, day care and a church or other place of worship.

Lake Nona’s currently houses the Orlando VA Medical Center, which opened last year, and the 5-year-old Nemours Children’s Hospital, and plans are in the works for a 100-bed University of Central Florida/HCA teaching hospital expected to open by the end of 2020 adjacent ‘s 50-acre College of Medicine campus.