Sanford, FL—Central Florida Regional Hospital announced today the State of Florida has approved a Certificate of Need (CON) for an acute care hospital in Oviedo.

Operating under the legal name Oviedo Medical Center LLC, the organization submitted a Certificate of Need application in April which included 116 letters of support from physicians, community leaders, civic groups and residents of East Seminole County.

Oviedo Medical Center will be built on 48 acres of land at the intersection of Red Bug Lake Road and Broadway Street (S.R. 426) adjacent to S.R. 417. Central Florida Regional Hospital, based in Sanford, opened Oviedo ER, a free-standing emergency department, on the site in November 2013. The hospital construction project will include expansion of Oviedo ER to provide more emergency beds as well as a full range of medical and surgical services.

“Our team at Central Florida Regional Hospital has shared Oviedo’s vision for a full-service acute care hospital for many years,” said Wendy H. Brandon, Chief Executive Officer. “Since opening in November, Oviedo ER has continued to be well supported by our community. Now we look forward to beginning the planning process to bring a comprehensive medical center to the residents of East Seminole County.”

“Our community has waited a long time for a hospital in Oviedo and now it is becoming a reality,” said Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere. “We are grateful to Central Florida Regional Hospital for staying the course with us and look forward to working with them to build a comprehensive medical center we can be proud of that will provide all the healthcare services our residents need right here in our own community.”