There are 375,000 veterans living in Central Florida and 90,000 of them are receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in East Central Florida. Orlando is the largest city in the United States without a VA hospital but that is changing.
Lake Nona, in Southeast Orange County, will be the site of the new, state-of-the-art VA hospital (VAMC). More than a hospital, though, it will be more like a “medical city” and will be completed in 2012. The University of Central Florida’s medical school will graduate its first class in 2012 and will allow the VA hospital to launch their residency program.
The hospital will come with a $656 million price tag, will boast 1.2 million square feet of space, and will employ approximately 2,100 people. The medical complex will utilize the latest technology and modern amenities. When finally completed, the hospital will include:
- 134 hospital beds;
- 120 bed community living center;
- A 60 bed domiciliary;
- An outpatient clinic;
- Single occupancy rooms;
- Family visiting areas; and
- Personal wireless devices.
The campus will sit on 65 acres of land and will provide an extensive recreation area. Visitors will be given all the amenities so they may be as comfortable as possible. The family living rooms include pull out couches should overnight stays be necessary.
The VAMC will, however, consist of approximately 60% outpatient services. This makes the offered treatment different than most. The Lake Baldwin Orlando VA Medical Center will continue to perform most primary care services.
The goal of the new center is keeping treatment as close to home as possible, which is why the center is being built with additions already in mind. This hospital will serve the need for which it was produced and will grow and adapt with the local population of veterans.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.