AdventHealth doesn't have any plans for it just yet, but it acquired land Geosam Capital had proposed for a shopping center at State Road 44 and Interstate 95 in New Smyrna Beach for $16.5 million, according to Volusia County Clerk of Court records.

Dr. Dennis Hernandez, AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach CEO, stated in an email: "New Smyrna Beach has purchased nearly 103 acres at the northeast intersection of State Road 44 and Interstate 95. Located directly across from the AdventHealth Medical Plaza in New Smyrna Beach, this property will be utilized for future healthcare services.

"Southeast Volusia County is a rapidly growing community, and while we have no immediate plans for this land, we anticipate adding a mix of healthcare services to this location within the coming years," Dr. Hernandez stated. "The purchase of this property will not impact any of our current operations in New Smyrna Beach. We remain steadfastly committed to serving the community, and since joining the AdventHealth family in 2016, we have made significant investments in renovating the hospital’s emergency department and updating the interior and exterior of the building, as well as improving the hospital’s overall infrastructure."

Mayor Russ Owen is excited about the prospects.

“They are already a premier employer in our community, and the hope is that this site will be used to create high-paying medical jobs as well access to improved medical services and facilities for our residents and guest,” the mayor stated in an email.

The land price, at about $160,000 an acre, shows the area's value, he said.

“I think this speaks to the desirability of New Smyrna as a place to operate a business as well as a deep commitment to the area by AdventHealth,” Mayor Owen said.

AdventHealth operates a full-service hospital on Palmetto Avenue in downtown New Smyrna Beach and the medical plaza on the south side of SR 44, just east of I-95. It also has hospitals in Daytona Beach, DeLand and Orange City, and continues to add facilities in Volusia County, including stand-alone emergency rooms in Deltona and Port Orange.

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