Florida Hospital for Women Celebrates Grand Opening

The Florida Hospital for Women, part of the Adventist Health System and located in Orlando, celebrated its grand opening Thursday with a day of public festivities.

Construction of the twelve-story, 332-bed facility began in February 2014, overseen by general contracting firm Brasfield & Gorrie’s and architectural firm HKS Inc.

Florida Hospital For Women bills itself as “the latest in advanced technology in a hotel-like setting.” The hospital will provide services including obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, women’s surgery, neonatal intensive care, mammography, wellness and education, a lactation center, and digital mammography.

Florida Hospital includes eight campuses within Florida: Altamonte, Apopka, Celebration Health, East Orlando, Florida Hospital for Children, Kissimmee, Orlando, and Winter Park.

The Florida Hospital for Women grand opening ceremony featured inspiring messages, music, an interactive light show, and hot air balloon rides. An evening event featured live entertainment, including Haines City, Florida singer-songwriter and producer Sisaundra Lewis, who was featured on Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice. Lewis performed with a band and with singers from First Baptist Church of Orlando. During her set, Lewis sang praise music including Kim Walker Smith’s song, Spirit Break Out.

Our Father, all of Heaven roars Your name

Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise

Can you hear it, the sound of Heaven touching Earth

During the performance, audience members danced and took pictures with mobile phones. At one point during the event, which was livestreamed on the Florida Hospital website, a group of ladies in white robes holding lights lined the venue’s walls.

The ceremony, open to the public, included prize giveaways in addition to live entertainment.

The hospital’s surgery center, which will be located on the second floor of the new facility, is scheduled to open in January, 2017. The hospital plans to open its neonatal intensive care unit, which will occupy the 4th and 5th floors, one month later in February, 2017.

Artist rendering of the new Florida Hospital for Women facility.

"As the primary caregivers and decision-makers for families, we owe it to women to provide them with the most comprehensive, informed, advanced and compassionate care possible," said Dr. Lori Boardman, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Medical Director of Women's Health at Florida Hospital for Women.

The hospital aims to provide a "modern, soothing environment designed around the needs and preferences of women and their family members," according the hospital's website.

Details like customizable lighting and room temperature, headwalls that conceal medical equipment, and extra space to accommodate family members were incorporated into patient room design to.

"We asked women in our community and our own employees how we could design a hospital that not only meets, but exceeds expectations," said Kari Vargas, vice president of Florida Hospital Orlando. "We applied that feedback in designing the beautiful structure you see today."

At least two of the hospital’s floors will remain “shelled” in order to accommodate future growth.

Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.

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florida hospital for women sounds like an important, wonderful milestone for our church…but i wonder if there’s any potential for it to be mired through association with planned parenthood, which appears to be surviving senate action only because a democrat is in the white house…it seems the issue of abortion is as polarizing in our church as it is in society in general, and that it would be wise, at the outset, to not be known as an abortion services provider…of course it may not be possible to be a full-spectrum hospital for women without offering abortion services…

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There are more campuses for Florida Hospital than those listed in this article:
https://www.floridahospital.com/locations/hospitals

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Excellent observations. I wonder the same things. I know that other denominations have been very critical of SDA medicine because of the coexistence of life saving and life taking in so many of our hospitals. I mean, think about it…we tell them that they have the mark of the beast and then turn around and perform elective abortions. Even in a sparkling Billion dollar hospital, it’s would be just as barbaric.

Hey Nelson-

When a doctor reaches up into the womb of a woman and dispatches a perfectly healthy five or six pound baby, what actually has been “treated”??

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It is a hospital for women’s needs, after all! Those who are not patients should leave treatment decisions to the patient and physician,
Stay out of our privacy with physicians and we will stay out of your personal life decisions. MYOB is a good motto to remember.

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The following link is to a 1991 Ministry Magazine article regarding the history of abortion services at Adventist institutions. The piece begins with an 1867 article of the Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald as one of the first statements in print regarding the general topic of abortion and traces the history of Adventist opinion about abortion and the offering of those services in Adventist institutions, culminating in an official February 1971 church guideline on abortion in SDA hospitals.

At that time, GCC president Neal Wilson made this statement: “Though we walk the fence, Adventists lean toward abortion rather than against it. Because we realize we are confronted by big problems of hunger and overpopulation, we do not oppose family planning and appropriate endeavors to control population.” (Religious News Service, Mar. 17, 1970, pp.16, 17.)

Here’s the link:

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