SANFORD, FL—Central Florida Regional Hospital is actively pursuing building an acute care hospital in Oviedo. Operating under the legal name Oviedo Medical Center LLC, the organization submitted a letter of intent to the State of Florida on Friday, January 31, informing them of plans to apply for a Certificate of Need.

Central Florida Regional Hospital, based in Sanford, opened Oviedo ER, a free-standing emergency department, in November on 48 acres of land at the intersection of Red Bug Lake Road and Broadway Street (S.R. 426) adjacent to S.R. 417. Since opening, Oviedo ER has stayed busy caring for patients from east Seminole County and surrounding areas, which hospital officials believe is a strong indication of the need for more healthcare services in Oviedo.

“Oviedo has waited a long time for comprehensive healthcare services,” said Wendy H. Brandon, Chief Executive Officer. “The opening of Oviedo ER was an important beginning, providing the residents of east Seminole County better access to emergency care. Now Central Florida Regional Hospital is prepared to continue our investment in Oviedo and fulfill our commitment to bring world class health care to the local community by building a full service acute care hospital.”

Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere stated that bringing a hospital to the residents of Oviedo and eastern Seminole County has long been a priority for city leaders.

“Our ultimate goal is a full service medical facility in Oviedo,” Persampiere said. “We owe it to our residents to do whatever is necessary to ensure quality healthcare is available in their local community. We are incredibly grateful to Central Florida Regional Hospital for sharing our vision. We look forward to working with them to make our hospital a reality.”

The support for a hospital in Oviedo extends beyond the city limits. Seminole County Commission Chairman Bob Dallari said a hospital in east Seminole County would benefit the entire region.

“Based on the growth we have seen in Seminole County, a hospital in Oviedo makes sense,” Dallari said. “The economic impact will be substantial, both from the tax revenue the hospital will generate and new businesses it will attract. But more importantly, we need a convenient healthcare access point for our neighbors in east Seminole County who are sick or injured.”