UCF and HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division will start building a new hospital next to the College of Medicine in Lake Nona within 18 months.

The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) this week gave the final certificate of need approval for a 100-bed medical and surgical hospital that officials hope will be open for patients by the end of 2020.

HCA North Florida Division will contribute $175 million to build and begin operating the hospital, called UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. UCF will provide the land and its strong academic brand. No state dollars will be used to build the facility.

“Together with our partners at HCA, we look forward to strengthening our community’s health, training more doctors and powering economic growth through research,” said UCF President John C. Hitt, who has described building the hospital as one of the university’s most important decisions of this decade.

Read more about this story at: https://med.ucf.edu/news/state-approves-ucf-lake-nona-medical-center-construction-begins-within-18-months

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