Growing Healthcare for a Growing West Orange

In recent years, the West Orange Healthcare District (the District) has invested in several major capital projects in the county, including the Orlando Health Center for Rehabilitation, which houses a 100-bed skilled nursing facility that provides care for patients in rehabilitation as well as those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Residents of the growing Horizon West community will also witness the opening of Phase 1 of the Orlando Health Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion – Horizon West this October. The state-of-the-art facility will include a freestanding Emergency Department, outpatient diagnostics, laboratory services, physician space and a wellness center.

Cancer Care Close to Home

In addition, the generosity of the District has made possible the expansion of cancer services at Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital campus in Ocoee to better accommodate care closer to home. The $28 million facility, funded primarily by a $21 million grant from the District, will offer expanded chemotherapy and radiation treatment areas, medical oncology services, surgical oncology consultations, laboratory facilities, and Cancer Support Community programs. At 30,000 square feet, it almost doubles the size of the existing facility located near the Orlando Health - Health Central Hospital campus. 

“This new facility is greatly needed and there’s no better place for it than right here on this campus, in this community, where families in west Orange County live, work, and play,” said Mark Roh, M.D., president of Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. “In fact, evidence proves that patients battling cancer have better results when they are treated closer to home.”

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center – Health Central Hospital will be the first cancer treatment facility in Central Florida to offer a new cancer-fighting technology called MRIdian®. With this advanced technology, oncologists can view and track tumors during radiation treatments, allowing physicians to make immediate changes to treatment. The new technology uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) rather than computed tomography (CT) scans, reducing patient exposure to the damaging effects of radiation.

“All of these projects are part of our original vision,” said West Orange Healthcare District Board Chair Norma Sutton. “They help us boost access to healthcare, deliver the latest medical technologies and attract top-notch physicians to our community. We’re excited to be able to expedite these new facilities with our funding support."

September 21, 2018