Introducing the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center
Spring 2021 | By Nicole Dudenhoefer ’17
HCA Healthcare and UCF officially have a new hospital. From birthing suites to rooms created for geriatric patients, the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is an acute-care teaching hospital designed with client comfort, efficiency and expansion in mind. Built in partnership with HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division, the facility opened on March 1 and features plenty of natural light, state-of-the art-technology, and a layout that best supports quality care and patient safety. UCF medical students will also benefit from the residency-training program and clerkship-training opportunities conveniently available at the new 204,709-square-foot hospital.
“The grand opening of UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is the realization of a vision that will impact the community for years to come.”Wendy H. Brandon, chief executive officer for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center
Cost to build the hospital
Estimated annual economic impact in local and state taxes — in addition to $13.8 million in charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care
Patients expected to be served in the first year
New jobs created by the hospital, including more than 250 physicians
Inpatient beds with the ability to expand to 80 beds in the current space. Future expansion will allow up to 500 beds.
Classrooms — two on each of the three floors — to facilitate learning opportunities for students