Florida Hospital would invest $100M in Lake Nona’s Sanford Burnham

and Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center have joined forces to compete with the University of Central Florida for an asset transfer agreement of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona.

Hospital has robust research programs and a commitment to collaboration with top-quality research and biopharma organizations. As a long-time research partner through the Translational Research Institute, Florida Hospital has the experience to leverage the investment that has been made in Sanford Burnham Prebys scientific infrastructure. For these reasons we have engaged with them in discussions to steward the medical research enterprise at Lake Nona into the next phase of operation,” showed documents provided by Sanford Burnham to  Journal.

Florida Hospital essentially would turn the 175,000-square-foot facility that’s winding down operations into a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, which would be a first in Central Florida.

“Our proposal represents a tremendous opportunity to advance cancer care and research in the state of Florida. Florida Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center are the top two providers of cancer care in the state. Bringing together these two organizations will accelerate the pace of advancements, bringing both hope and life-saving treatments to Central Florida more quickly,” Steven Smith, Florida Hospital senior vice president and chief scientific officer, said in a prepared statement.

The implementation of the designed plan focuses on five core programs that will be modeled on the existing Phase I program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and include:

  • Basic and translational research: It will allow the hospital to create new methods of care in a research environment and attract biotechnology and biopharmaceutical investments.
  • Precision medicine research clinic: It would convert 10,000 square feet of renovated space for cancer patients, who are at the highest risk of progression or poor response to therapy, to enroll into clinical research protocols.
  • Phase 1 clinical research: It would be a clinical care unit providing access to breakthrough treatments through Phase I clinical trials and research protocols not currently available in Central Florida.
  • Drug discovery: This will bring basic, translational and clinical research at the site to accelerate the discovery-to-treatment process and bring new therapies to patients.
  • A stem cell laboratory: That will have immunotherapy technology to fight against leukemia.

Renovations would begin this year: Upgrades for the stem cell program would take nine months to complete, and renovations for the precision medicine and Phase 1 clinical research programs would take roughly a year to finish.

Florida Hospital estimates the proposed strategy will create at least 205 private sector jobs by the fifth year, and 315 jobs over 10 years. The average base salary of jobs created will be $84,946. Included in the job numbers are 50 of the Sanford Burnham employees who are trained in drug discovery. In addition, eight contracted technical staff members would be retained.

Meanwhile, also wants to turn the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute into a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Its plan would result in 300-plus high-wage jobs and include more than $85 million in private investment. Read more on UCF’s plan here.

Both Florida Hospital and UCF will present their proposals to the Orange County Commission on Jan. 23.

 

Deb German takes the reins on teaching hospital that will ‘develop UCF into top-notch medical school’

The new year is ringing in new projects and new leaders, but one familiar face stands out in the crowd — and for good reason. 

Dr. Deborah German, the University of Central Florida’s first dean of the College of Medicine in Lake Nona, is taking the helm on a project that the college has waited for for nearly a decade: to establish a teaching hospital. And that’s why German is one of Orlando Business Journal’s 2018 game changers.

“Every great medical school has a teaching hospital, and great hospitals are affiliated with top-notch medical schools. If you’re sick and have exhausted all the treatments of your local hospital, where do you go for the next level of care? Many people say Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic. All of those are teaching hospitals,” German told Orlando Business Journal.

A hospital to advance teaching and clinical research programs has been a priority since the university opened its medical school in 2009.

German is working with the university’s partners at Hospital Corporation of America in setting the strategy and vision for the new 100-bed teaching hospital adjacent to the 50-acre College of Medicine campus in Lake Nona. The teaching hospital is expected to be completed in 2020.

German will help select the new hospital CEO and serve on the hospital’s governing board, which has equal representation from UCF and HCA. Overall, she will work with HCA to ensure that the hospital keeps its promises to all of its stakeholders and the community.

The new teaching hospital will be a living/learning lab for training medical, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work students in teamwork skills and communication.

Plus, it will help address a serious statewide problem: lack of doctors. The Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida forecast that shortage will grow to 7,000 physician specialists in the state by 2025. German has said that UCF started building residency programs a few years ago to address the shortage and now has 255 slots and expects to have more than 560 by 2020 through the partnership with HCA.

New Art Programs at Nemours Let’s Patients Feel Like Kids Again

When children are put in the hospital there is an overwhelming list of concerns, one being if the child will have a chance to play like a child again. Nemours Children’s’ Hospital of Orlando is giving their young patients more opportunities to play like a kid with their partnership with local art museums.

Since the beginning of 2013, Nemours has partnered with Orlando Museum of Art, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens and The Mennello Museum of American Art, to bring different programs to patients, according to Josh Wilson, senior manager of public and community relations at Nemours. Each Orlando museum offers something different to the patients.

The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is known as a home for local storytellers and performers. Nemours partnered with this museum to bring one of the oldest forms of art to the young patients four times a year.

Not only do the storytellers perform enchanting stories, they also bring supplies to help the kids create something based on the story. The hospital staff plans to display this unique in an illustrator’s gallery. OMA provides museum tickets for patients as well.

Morse Museum comes four times a year to provide art and educational events. They also let Nemours patients tour the museums with their families at no charge.

The Albin Polasek Museum donated “Elizabeth,” a gorgeous bronze statue of a six-year-old girl created by Albin Polasek after he had a stroke and was paralyzed on one side of his body. The statue serves to inspire someone of what they can accomplish even after dealing with difficult medical issues.

The Mennello Museum of American Art provides Nemours with a rotating gallery of folk art that hangs in the hospital.

Though these partnerships are relatively new, Jill Mondry, director of volunteer services at Nemours, started the art therapy program there five years ago. The program provides patients with an art therapist that comes to the hospital twice a week and works one-on-one with the patients.

“What research has found and what we see is that this is one way for children to express themselves,” said Mondry, who has been with the hospital for seven years. “Often children can’t express what is happening to them or what is going on in their world when they have a serious illness. But they can express things in art.“

Mondry has seen the children’s paintings reflect a variety of things such as how they were feeling that day, a place they wanted to go after they were done with chemotherapy or a happier time in their life that they are remembering.

These art programs all fall under the role of the Child Life Department, a vital department in any children’s hospital, according the Mondry.

“We know when children are hospitalized that they still need play, they still need to be a kid. Child Life is responsible for making sure that they can continue that experience even if they are hospitalized,” said Mondry.

This department sets up all the different events children can participate in, but they also play a key role in explaining to the child what is going on with their health.

“The parents, doctors and nurses may be talking about something that goes way over the child’s head, said Mondry. “The child life specialist is trained to talk to the child in a way that the child can understand.“

Mondry said that the art programs are beneficial for not only the children, but the parents and hospital staff as well.

“I think that it is very healing for the entire family. For some it’s a memory of the child,” said Mondry. I think its great for the staff for the children to see that they are doing something all kids like to do. They don’t seem sick when they are doing art.”

DINER EN BLANC RETURNS TO ORLANDO ON NOVEMBER 10TH 2017

 

Can you believe it’s already been a whole year since the very first Le Dîner en Blanc – ? Get ready to toast the city for the second time! As per the tradition, this season’s spectacular culinary event will take place in a new secret location. We can’t tell you where, but we can tell you when…

Save the Date! Friday, November 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

Register at https://orlando.dinerenblanc.com/register

Last year, was a beautiful inaugural event at with over 1000 elegant guests.

Lake Nona Social has partnered with Le Dîner en Blanc Orlando again this year.

We will be giving out Invites to this year’s event. Make sure to download the Lake Nona Social App to be notified when.

MICHAEL PHELPS TO ENDORSE LAKE NONA LAGOON BUILDER

Michael Phelp has signed a deal to become an ambassador for Crystal Lagoons, the builder of the upcoming mega lagoon which will be apart of a new Lake Nona Resort.

As an ambassador, the 28-time Olympic medalist will help bring awareness to Crystal Lagoons goal. Which is to bring swimming and water sports activities to communities around the world via Crystal Lagoons’ industry-leading technology that transforms ordinary landscapes into majestic crystal clear lagoons.

Earlier this year, Crystal Lagoons signed a deal with Tavistock Development Co. LLC to build an 11-acre mega lagoon at a new resort planned near Lake Nona’s U.S. Tennis Association National Campus located in Lake Nona.

Lake Nona Town Center New Hotel Announced

Tavistock announced this latest addition to the list of business coming to the Town Center; a new 215-room hotel designed by architect giant Arquitectonica, that will feature “a sleek exterior, grand mo-tor court entrance, sophisticated lobby, ballroom for 200, plus a vibrant rooftop pool and lounge with private event capabilities” ().
The rooms will each feature efficient workplace stations, ergonomic seating and integrated linear lighting, as well as spacious rooms and bathrooms; perfect for business professionals staying in the hotel, or those traveling with families.
The hotel will have over 6,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,200-square-foot ballroom, executive boardroom and two smaller meeting rooms. The ground floor retail will be situated next to The Lawn, a common area in the Town Center.
The 24-hour hotel gym will feature high tech equipment from Lake Nona partner Technogym, which previously partnered with Lake Nona to craft the first seamlessly connected fitness ecosystem in the U.S.

HOAR SELECTED AS CONTRACTOR FOR NEXT PHASE OF LAKE NONA TOWN CENTER

, Fla.; August 7, 2017 – Tavistock Development Company, a diversified real estate firm owned by Group, announced today that Hoar Construction has been selected as the Pre Construction Program Manager and Master General Contractor for the next phase of development of the  Town Center which will include a thoughtful collection of more than one million square feet of retail, restaurant, , office, and hospitality uses.

Developed by Tavistock Development Company, with Steiner + Associates serving as the exclusive retail planning, leasing and development services partner, Hoar Construction plans to break ground on the next phase of construction in the Fall with anticipated completion in 2020. Hoar Construction brings the experience of having previously completed several projects with Steiner + Associates.

“Our team is eager to be a part of this transformative project and to help bring the retail and entertainment portion of the Lake Nona development to life,” said Michael Parks, Florida Division vice president of Hoar Construction. “We have a long history working with partners like Tavistock and Steiner + Associates to create world-class developments, and we are excited to be part of this team.”

Lake Nona Town Center is a 100-acre, 3.8 million square foot mixed-use experiential magnet and regional destination nestled within the large-scale Lake Nona master-planned community. Lake Nona Town Center fronts SR-417, Orlando’s eastern beltway, and is located adjacent to Orlando International Airport and its new multi-model transportation hub and international terminal.

Site plan for next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center

Lake Nona Town Center has already successfully opened and leased 85,000 square feet of class-A office, a dual branded Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, 16,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a multi-level parking structure that doubles as public art adorned with colorful dichroic glass, lighting and a ‘Code Wall’ and is attached to a six-story digital art monument called ‘The Beacon.’

Local favorites Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine and Chorma Modern Bar + Kitchen – named Best New Restaurant 2017 by Orlando Magazine have thrived in the space – adding to the unique culture and atmosphere.

Tavistock and Steiner are currently in negotiations with several theatres and are close to finalizing plans for a brewery, comedy club and live performance venue, bowling concept and several additional restaurants and retailers. At full build out, Lake Nona Town Center will include more than 80 specialty retailers, anchors, junior anchors, and restaurants.

One of the most successful master-planned communities in the nation with more than 10 million square feet of current and planned residential and commercial development, Lake Nona’s corporate pipeline includes major regional projects including KPMG’s $400-million training and innovation center and the newly announced Amazon high-tech fulfillment center, both of which continue to position Lake Nona as one of the fastest-growing communities in America and a significant job creator for both the region and the state.

State OKs new 100-bed UCF Lake Nona

The University of Central Florida and HCA Healthcare will start building a new 100-bed teaching hospital adjacent ‘s 50-acre College of Medicine campus in southeast Orlando’s Lake Nona community within 18 months. The campus currently has two facilities for classrooms and research.

The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration this week gave final approval for a hospital that’s expected to open for patients by the end of 2020.

The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 12 public universities, approved the public/private hospital in March after the state had given the facility preliminary approval. That approval allows UCF to grow the hospital to up to 500 beds without further approval from that board. The planned new hospital will:

  • Train third- and fourth-year medical students from Day One.
  • Allow the UCF medical school to expand its clinical research mission. The university-based teaching hospital is expected to help lure more grants to fund research.
  • Provide more opportunities for medical residency programs.
  • Be a living-learning lab for training medical, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work students in teamwork skills and communication.

Building the new hospital also will bring opportunities for designers, builders and vendors, as well as new permanent, high-wage jobs.

Nashville-based HCA’s North Florida Division will contribute $175 million to build and begin operating the hospital, called UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. UCF will provide the land and its academic brand. No state dollars will be used to build the facility. “Together with our partners at HCA, we look forward to strengthening our community’s health, training more doctors and powering economic growth through research,” said UCF President John C. Hitt in a prepared statement.

He has described building the hospital as one of the university’s most important decisions of this decade.

A hospital to advance teaching and clinical research programs has been a UCF priority since the university opened its medical school in 2009. “This hospital and its research mission are part of the economic impact we promised the community when the medical school was built,” said Dr. Deborah German, founding dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, in a prepared statement. (See the photo gallery for a look inside the medical school.) “In the United States and around the world, the best health systems have an academic component at their heart and the best medical schools have teaching hospitals. UCF Lake Nona Medical Center will help Central Florida become a national, then global health care destination that will benefit all of our partners and our community

FRESH MARKET STYLE GROCER EARTH FARE IS COMING TO LAKE NONA

SHOPPES AT NONA PLACE – WeKnowNonaFlorida

 

Shopping center development anchored by Earth Fare, Inc., one of the nation’s premiere specialty grocers, located in the heart of the exploding area in southeast Orlando adjacent Lake Nona and Medical City. Positioned at the signalized southwest corner of the six-lanes Narcoossee Road and Tyson Road. Within 2 miles of the site, there are over 20,000 residential units either built, under construction, approved or planned. features some of the most advanced health, science and bio research facilities with companies such as Sanford-Burnham Institute, VA Health, , Florida Hospital, University of Central Florida Medical School and University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Opening second quarter 2018!!

Tavistock takes steps forward on Lake Nona Town Center’s next big phase

Developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC on March 9 is expected to go before the city of Orlando’s Southeast town design review committee with a specific parcel master plan for what’s being called Phase 2A — a significant piece of the $780 million, 3.8 million-square-foot open-air lifestyle and entertainment center planned for Lake Nona.

has submitted plans that include:

  • 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use development, including a brewery, bowling alley and medical fitness facility
  • About 200 hotel rooms
  • 3,200 parking spaces, including surface spaces and garage spacesLos Angeles Real Estate

The Lake Nona Town Center’s $70 million first phase included two office buildings — one completed and one now in the works— plus restaurants, a dual-branded Marriott hotel and structured parking, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

The request to expand the second office building to six stories also is on the March 9 review committee agenda, as OBJ previously reported .

Meanwhile, the Lake Nona Town Center is a long-awaited project meant to serve local residents, students and workers in the 11,000-acre southeast Orlando community, but likely also will attract some tourists, as previously reported by OBJ.