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Oviedo ER expansion could be on the horizon

Tim Freed

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A purchase made by Central Florida Regional Hospital of 6.17 acres of land near the future site of the Oviedo ER could mean a new hospital for the city of Oviedo.

George Viele of NAI Realvest represented Central Florida Regional Hospital in the $500,000 purchase of the land, originally owned by Bernie and Suzanne Blackwood of Oviedo.

Viele said that Central Florida Regional Hospital plans to use the land for a multi-phase expansion project that includes a surgical center, an in-patient hospital facility with 60 beds and a medical office building.

Mayor Dominic Persampiere was more reserved in how he characterized the expansion plan.

“Central Florida Regional has acquired additional parcels to assemble for their future expansion needs,” said Mayor Dominic Persampiere. “The city is here to support and help them in any way we can when they are ready to move forward.”

A new hospital would be the first in Oviedo. Local residents who are critically injured now travel 10 miles southwest to Winter Park Memorial Hospital to receive urgent medical care.

Oviedo residents rejoiced when the incoming Oviedo ER began construction in December of last year – they would now have easier access to 24/7 adult and pediatric emergency care, CT Scans, Ultrasound and X-ray services.

Central Florida Regional Hospital, located more than 14 miles northwest of Oviedo in Sanford, provides the only full-service cardiovascular program in Seminole County or western Volusia County. This includes open heart surgery, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

Other services unique to that 226-bed location are neurohealth sciences and spinal care, hyperbaric medicine and wound care, women’s imaging services and da Vinci Robotic Surgery, a method of surgery that involves fewer and smaller incisions, high definition cameras and bendable instruments designed to be less invasive.

The Oviedo ER and the potential expansion means emergency healthcare for the rest of eastern Seminole County as well – Winter Springs, Geneva and Chuluota would also be beneficiaries.

“This is very exciting to have Oviedo ER come into Oviedo and serve the residents of eastern Seminole County,” Persampiere said. “Emergency care is the number one need that we have. The campus will expand over time.”

Residents would have access to 12 private beds and a dedicated trauma room right in the local area, saving them the long drive to neighboring cities and counties.

According to Central Florida Regional Hospital, the Oviedo ER will provide care to an estimated 10,000 residents and create 35 staff jobs and four emergency medical physician positions.

Persampiere mentioned that Florida Hospital East Orlando first began as an ER as well, eventually growing into the 265-bed community hospital it is today.

“This is certainly a case study for what’s hopefully to come in the future for Oviedo,” Persampiere said.

Central Florida Regional Hospital plans to open the ER next month.