Orlando VA Medical Center Raises Highest Beam

HEALTHCARE NEWS

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The highest beam on the new Orlando VA Medical Center was raised on Feb. 27 at the site of the new facility located at 13800 Veterans Way in Orlando, Florida.  The beam was placed directly over the main outpatient entrance and over the words, “For Those Who Served.”

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki toured the site of the new Orlando VA Medical Center on Jan. 28, 2011 and met with construction workers. The $665 Million facility will serve more than 100,000 Central Florida Veterans and is scheduled to open in 2012.

In building construction, this event is referred to as a “Topping Out” and Sunday’s ceremony will commemorate this milestone, bringing the new Orlando VA Medical Center even closer to completion.

Also part of the tradition was the ability to sign the beam prior to being hoisted.

The $665 million medical campus, located on a 65-acre campus in southeast Orange County, is expected to open in late 2012.

In addition to the hospital providing acute care, complex specialty care and advanced diagnostic services, the facility will also have a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, 134-inpatient beds, 120-community living center beds, a 60-bed domiciliary and administrative and support services.

The VA will be co-located with the University of Central Florida Medical School, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Nemours Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando and the University of Florida Academic and Research Center in the Lake Nona area known as the “Medical City.”

For more information about the Orlando VA Medical Center, go to www.Orlando.va.gov or visit www.facebook.com/VAOrlando.

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