OKEECHOBEE – HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital announced April 1, that it plans to unveil a new state-of-the-art, 53,000 square-foot medical office building to the public on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
The $17 million office space is the first of its kind in Okeechobee and is expected to attract new physicians and services to the area.
The new HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital Medical Office Building, located adjacent to the main hospital on Highway 441 North, will provide a full range of healthcare services to the residents of Okeechobee and the surrounding communities. Many of the staff physicians have secured space on the second and third floors of the building in order to optimize care of their patients. The fourth floor of the building is still customizable for newly recruited physicians who wish to accommodate their practice.
“This is an exciting opportunity for these physicians and the residents of Okeechobee,” said Brian Melear, Chief Executive Officer of HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital. “HCA Healthcare continues to invest in this community and expand our patients’ access to high-quality healthcare. Through the integrated network of HCA Florida Healthcare we are committed to delivering exceptional care to our community.”
Beginning Tuesday, April 5, the medical office building will become the main entrance of the hospital. Many departments currently housed within the hospital will now be located in the building including: patient registration, the quality team, medical staff services, executive offices, finance and the gift shop. This will free up much-needed clinical space to add more private patient rooms and expand our emergency and imaging departments.
About HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital
Serving Okeechobee County for over 40 years, HCA Florida Raulerson Hospital is a 100-bed full-service acute care hospital. Specializing in emergency services, minimallyinvasive surgery, hip and knee replacement, urology, gastroenterology services, mammography services and occupational, physical and speech therapy, the hospital provides high quality, exceptional patient care to Okeechobee residents and the surrounding communities. It holds the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Stroke Center Certification, Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018) and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A Rating. Within minutes of FL-710, the Hospital’s 24-hour emergency room provides specialized hospital services for adults and children of all ages.
About HCA Florida Healthcare
HCA Florida Healthcare, a part of HCA Healthcare, is a family of more than 450 affiliated site of care, including hospitals, physician practices and freestanding emergency rooms, offering the state’s leading network of personalized care. United as a statewide network in 2021, HCA Florida Healthcare includes 11,000 experienced doctors and 77,000 colleagues working together to deliver advanced, collaborative care to more than 6.4 million patients each year. HCA Florida Healthcare is committed to improving more lives in more ways and giving back to the communities it serves. The network provided nearly $836.6 million in uncompensated care and invested significantly in innovative technologies and facilities across Florida, including the new $360 million state-of-the-art, multi-specialty HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, Fla. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Florida Healthcare is also a major supporter of university-based healthcare programs and residencies and fellowships throughout the Sunshine State.