Time honoring our community’s valued veterans continued beyond Memorial Day this year in Lake Nona. Tuesday, May 26th marked the official dedication ceremony of the new Orlando VA Medical Center, the largest medical building in Lake Nona Medical City.
This groundbreaking facility brings 134 inpatient beds, a 120-bed Community Living Center, and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program Domiciliary to Lake Nona to better accommodate Central Florida veterans after their tours of duty. Amongst other services, veterans will also be able to log into a private patient system, create a personal avatar, and navigate the VA Medical Center at the click of a mouse.
The hospital will provide acute and complex specialty care, advanced diagnostics, and support services across a broad spectrum of multispecialty practices. This is all in addition to a center for prosthetic development, mental health care services, and an all-new SimLEARN National Simulation Center, offering simulation health care training for more than 150 VA hospitals across the country.
“This state-of-the-art medical campus will serve as a place of healing for those who have served,” said Orlando VA Medical Center Director Timothy Liezert. “With the opening of this innovative medical center, we are fundamentally changing the way we provide health care by offering new technologies and services that focus on the needs of our veterans.”
Hundreds gathered for the public dedication ceremony, which featured a keynote address from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, and a tour of the new center.
Although construction is mostly complete on the Orlando VA Medical Center, and many patients are currently being seen, certain departments are undergoing extensive testing and reviews to ensure medical equipment works properly and all standards are met. The VA expects to be fully operational in the fall.
The new Orlando VA Medical Center is located at 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, FL 32827. For more information, please visit orlando.va.gov.