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Veterans’ hospital to open in Medical City


Published: Sunday, June 10, 2012

Updated: Sunday, June 10, 2012 15:06

VA Medical Center

Courtesy of Courtney Franchio

The new VA facility expansion will allow the creation of many new programs available for veterans including radiation therapy, comprehensive cancer care, emergency and critical care, invasive radiology, a vascular laboratory, an electrophysiology lab and dialysis.

The Medical City in Lake Nona, home to UCF’s Health Sciences campus, will soon be getting a new addition that will benefit Central Florida veterans.

Construction for the VA Medical Center is 60 percent done and is expected to be completed by summer 2013 with its doors opening 90 days later. Building the facility has taken nearly two years, and its estimated cost is $665 million.

“A study of needs for the veteran population in East Central Florida against VA criteria for medical care access defined the requirement for a new VA hospital in East Central Florida,” Timothy Liezert, Orlando VA Medical Center director, told the Seminole Chronicle. “The demand for this facility is driven by the projected health needs of over 300,000 veterans living in East Central Florida.”

Once the 1.2 million-square-foot facility is completed, it will employ approximately 1,200 people and feature a hospital, clinic, nursing home and rehabilitation center, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Medical Center will offer radiation therapy, comprehensive cancer care, emergency and critical care, invasive radiology, vascular laboratory, electrophysiology lab and dialysis, Liezert said.

According to the UCF College of Medicine’s website, students will be able to practice in modules and clerkships at the Center for Practice of Medicine 1, Practice of Medicine 2 and Psychiatry.

UCF’s College of Medicine opened in fall 2010 and now has nearly 200 medical students. In January, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of an additional 25 acres to build a teaching hospital within walking distance of the College of Medicine.

The Orlando VA Center, Orlando Health, Florida Hospital Network and Nemour’s Children’s Hospital partner with UCF’s College of Medicine to provide educational opportunities for medical students.

“As a teaching hospital, the center will be a state-of-the-art environment that will provide a full range of services and educational opportunities while also fostering a philosophy of medical service as an empathetic enterprise,” according to the UCF College of Medicine’s website.

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