Port Orange is Adventhealth’s newest location in the greater Central Florida area.
Situated near Interstate 95 at the corner of Williamson Boulevard and Taylor Road, AdventHealth Port Orange ER is a 24-room facility with two rooms dedicated to pediatric care.
The 18,400-square-foot emergency room opened Monday, July 19. Ed Noseworthy, AdventHealth Daytona Beach CEO, attended the virtual ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We are keeping consumers at the center of everything that we do,” Mr. Noseworthy said. “And part of that commitment is ensuring we deliver care that’s so close to home.”
The care that will be delivered is the same care a patient would find in a hospital emergency room, including diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, X-ray, ultrasound, triage rooms and a full-service laboratory. The laboratory got a head start on the rest of the facility. It has been operating for nearly five months, validating processes.
While touring the ER, Dr. Dennis Hernandez, CEO of AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach, was asked why Port Orange was selected.
“We're kind of at the upper and lower ends of the county and Adventhealth wanted to expand the network to serve this Port Orange community that is growing in leaps and bounds,” Dr. Hernandez said. “So, we felt that it was strategic for the growing Port Orange community. We want (the new location) to be here to increase that network to better serve the residents of east Volusia County.”
April Chilson, vice president of Ancillary Services at Daytona, added, “Just as Dr. Hernandez said, we have a growing community here and we want to ensure we have our Adventhealth footprint in this community. So, we have it in New Smyrna, we have it in Daytona, but we don't have our footprint here in this community.”
Increasing that footprint will also increase the job opportunities as Adventhealth expects the Port Orange ER to create 100 jobs.
HuntonBrady Architects served as the project architect and Robins & Morton managed the construction.
Of the more than 40 Adventhealth facilities countywide, the Port Orange ER is only the second that is a freestanding ER. Adventhealth has stressed that this location is not a hospital nor an urgent care facility. Rather, it is an emergency room that bills at the typical hospital emergency room rate.
An emergency room can stabilize a patient. However, if further help is required, it is possible the patient will be transferred to either the Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach or Orlando hospitals. A helipad is situated near the emergency room entrance to help facilitate a transfer to another hospital and. of course, allow for transporting patients to the Adventhealth Port Orange ER.
The site of the new ER was formally a truck stop. Construction was hampered by the removal of more than 5 tons of contaminated soil and 500 loads of concrete. Once clearing that hurdle, the site was ready for construction.
In a situation where every minute counts, Port Orange residents can now take comfort in having a closer medical facility. However, Adventhealth won’t stop with only a freestanding ER. Further construction on the site is planned for the fall. In October, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for a health park. It will provide outpatient sports medicine and rehab, primary and specialty care, imaging, and a coffee shop. A date has not been scheduled, but it is expected to open in 2022.