There's real substance to the notion that every woman is different. No two person's attitudes, bodies, or goals in life are ever exactly the same. But if there's one thing that every person shares, it's that our bodies change as we get older. That's especially true for females over the age of 50. One day you wake up, roll out of bed, and attack the day with vigor and positivity.
The next day, it seems like your emotions are out of control. Despite dieting and healthy life choices, your weight won't go down. It seems like you're having to deal with uncomfortable hot flashes every other hour of the day. Life can be hard after 50, especially when it seems like your body is plotting against you.
But the truth is, these changes are a completely normal part of the aging process for women. As you might be aware, this change is called menopause, and according to the NIH, more than one million women go through it every year. This change in life marks the end of your period. During this time, your hormones begin to deplete, causing a range of symptoms that can be difficult to deal with without professional help. Some of the most common symptoms of menopause include:
Trying to juggle and cope with the symptoms of hormone deficiency can be rough for women and their partners because many of them are linked to nutrition, stress, and lack of exercise.
Fortunately, getting older and going through menopause doesn't have to be the worst time in your life. Hormone replacement therapy for women in Lakeland, FL, can help correct the imbalances in your body that are brought on by menopause. These safe, proven treatments from NV Medical Orlando can help balance your hormones during menopause and even help you reclaim your youth.
As a locally owned and operated shutter business, doing right by our customers is our top priority. We know that there are many options out there, so we at the Shutter Shop specialize in providing our customers the highest quality product at the most reasonable price.
We're able to offer impeccable customer service and high-quality shutters and blinds at low prices because, unlike others, we are the manufacturers. That means everything you order from the Shutter Shop is made right here in Georgetown, FL by our talented team. We're proud to say that products made here at The Shutter Shop are shipped to builders and homeowners all across the United States.
It all started when Shawn Reardon, The Shutter Shop's sole owner, and his wife moved from Santee to Georgetown in 2003. They were new to the ins and outs of shutters but wanted to start up a new business on the coast of South Carolina. They started out manufacturing plantation shutters only and a couple years later began manufacturing all exterior window coverings also.
At NV Medical Orlando, our HRT treatments for women include the use of pellets, which are about the size of a tic-tac and contain hormones like estrogen and testosterone. These pellets are implanted subcutaneously to supply your body with the hormones it needs. Each pellet contains a tiny number of bioidentical hormones that are released steadily into your bloodstream for up to five months.
Unlike other sexual health centers, every HRT treatment provided by our women's sexual health clinic is tailored to our patients. While natural hormone replacement therapy is effective for many women, every patient is different. That's why it's important that you speak with a board-certified doctor, like Gina Kirkpatrick, before starting any HRT treatment to make sure it's right for you.
When a woman's hormones are balanced, there's a better chance that she will be able to live a happy, normal life. That's where the beauty of HRT for women begins to unfold because it balances hormones in your body that would otherwise be disrupted due to menopause.
HRT treatments for women are revolutionary in that they allow you to enjoy life without suffering through all the pitfalls associated with getting older. However, at NV Medical Orlando, our team understands that no two women have the same bodies or hormone imbalances. That's why our board-certified and fellowship-trained urologist, Gina Kirkpatrick, D.O., provides personalized HRT therapy options for women.
Is HRT treatment from NV Medical Orlando the answer to your mood, weight, and exhaustion problems? That's the million-dollar question we get almost every day. And honestly, it's difficult to say until we can see you in our office and conduct a thorough examination. What we can say is that when your hormones are balanced optimally during menopause, you have a much better chance of living a normal life without the overwhelming symptoms that many women experience.
At NV Medical Orlando, we prioritize helping women balance their hormones to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Our HRT therapy options aren't just about getting you on a regimen - it's about giving your body the nutrition and love it deserves through a patient-first approach.
Unlike some clinics that rush their patients into therapy, our team focuses on our patient's needs and goals first. To achieve those goals, we conduct thorough blood tests and comprehensively examine your health during your first visit. That way, we can discover your underlying problems, determine your hormone levels, and get a better sense of your needs.
After that, our dedicated physician will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The goal of this plan is to outline your HRT journey so that we can balance your hormones and your whole body. During this process, we'll keep a close eye on your hormone replacement therapy for women in Lakeland, FL. Like a web, HRT therapy covers several facets of female health. Each piece of that web works in tandem with others to make up how you feel. If we need to tweak aspects of your plan to help you feel better, we'll let you know and will adjust accordingly.
At the end of the day, we want you to feel safe, empowered, and like you're part of our family. After all, true HRT for women doesn't just balance hormones - it optimizes wellbeing and health, too. That's why NV Medical Orlando is dedicated to giving you a one-of-a-kind experience and specialized care, so you'll never feel like you're falling through the cracks.
Up to this point, we've talked about all the greatness that can come with HRT from NV Medical Orlando - but what are the actual benefits? Let's take a look.
Most women who consider natural hormone therapy are curious about its benefits and the results of long-term clinical investigations. Who wouldn't be? When it comes to the symptoms of menopause, natural estrogen therapy can be incredibly effective for conditions like lack of sleep, weight gain, excessive sweating, mood swings, and more.
In addition to promoting overall health, HRT for women can help reverse sexual symptoms of menopause, like vaginal dryness and general discomfort during intercourse.
When used as part of a comprehensive preventive healthcare plan, HRT can be an invaluable tool for women. That's because hormone therapies like estrogen treatment have been shown in clinical investigations to reduce the risk of serious concerns like osteoporosis and bone loss.
But that's just the start. Clinical studies report a wide range of HRT benefits, including:
To learn more about the benefits of HRT and whether treatment is right for you, contact our office today. If you're ready to feel better about getting older, NV Medical Orlando is here to help you every step of the way.
As we mentioned earlier, no two women will have the same hormone levels or HRT therapy needs. As such, every woman's timeline for menopause relief will be different. Generally, however, a standard HRT timeline may look like this:
Around week one, many women notice that they experience fewer hot flashes than normal. Some women notice these improvements only a few days after their first treatment.
After about two to three weeks of HRT for women in Lakeland, FL, many women notice that they have less irritability, anxiety, and fewer mood swings. During this phase, hot flashes should continue diminishing, and sleep may improve. Other benefits of HRT, like increased libido and more energy, are also expected during this phase.
Starting around weeks three to four, many HRT patients will notice drastic improvements in menopausal symptoms.
Around weeks five and six, it's common for women to notice physical differences like healthier skin, less hair loss, and even weight loss. With time, these improvements become even more pronounced.
At NV Medical Orlando, we don't only treat our patients for sexual health and wellness. Because Dr. Gina Kirkpatrick is a fellowship-trained urologist, our clinic has the capacity to treat all matters related to sexual health and wellness, including certain urologic conditions.
Have you started to notice that things âdown underâ are different than they were years ago? Are you experiencing disconcerting symptoms such as:
If you've noticed any of the above symptoms, you may be dealing with vaginal or pelvic floor laxity. For women dealing with these issues, vaginal rejuvenation often answers their problems. Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term that covers several vaginal corrective procedures. These procedures can correct problems that occur after giving birth or during menopause.
Traditionally, these conditions have been treated with invasive surgeries and with supplements like vaginal estrogen or hyaluronic acid. However, modern treatment options like laser vaginal rejuvenation are growing in popularity and can help women avoid the pitfalls of surgery.
In fact, study centers around the world are using monopolar radiofrequency for vaginal laxity in premenopausal women. Studies show that treatment is safe and helps improve vaginal laxity and other sexual dysfunctions. Additionally, anecdotal evidence shows that patients have less urine leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing, and exercising.
If you're unsatisfied with the appearance of your vagina or have noticed increased looseness or diminished lubrication, don't lose hope. Vaginal rejuvenation, HRT for women in Lakeland, FL, or a combo of the two may be right for you.
If you're a woman who finds herself lacking sexual desire or the act of sexual intercourse, you're not alone. In fact, research from 1999 shows that as much as 22% of women in the U.S. report low sex drive. Though this issue is often underreported, its causes and the available treatments are well-known.
Causes of low libido in women include:
Hysterectomies often result in a drastic drop of testosterone and estrogen in a woman's body. This drop in hormones has been linked to low libido.
Some medicines that are used to treat depression and anxiety, specifically SSRIs that inhibit serotonin, have been demonstrated to reduce sexual arousal.
Estrogen affects blood flow to vaginal and genital tissues. Reducing estrogen, which can occur during and after menopause, childbirth or surgical menopause created secondary to a hysterectomy can result in reduced vaginal blood flow and lubrication.
Studies on post-menopausal women have demonstrated that patients in poor health report lower sexual desire. In fact, symptoms like chronic pain, fatigue, and mood swings caused by chronic illnesses all contribute to decreased female libido.
Though low libido and the effects of unbalanced hormones can be concerning, treatment is available at NV Medical Orlando. First, a thorough physical exam and health history will be conducted to help our experts develop an optimal treatment plan for you. During your evaluation, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire that helps us assess your symptoms further. That way, we can craft an appropriate treatment regimen to address your symptoms and concerns.
The type of treatment recommended depends on your identified needs and may include hormone replacement therapy for women, vaginal treatments, oral medications, sexual therapies, or additional treatment regimens.
If you're a woman suffering day-to-day from the symptoms of menopause, now is the time to balance your hormones and reclaim your life. Sure, menopause is a natural process that occurs in almost every woman's body. But that doesn't mean you must forego treatments like HRT to make your transition easier. Who says the second half of your life can't be better than the first?
At NV Medical Orlando, we have helped countless women overcome the life-changing symptoms associated with menopause and hormone imbalances, and we're here for you, too. Contact our office today to schedule your evaluation and take the first step toward long-term relief.407-730-4244
A new subdivision of 77 homes doesn’t sound particularly disruptive, but the “Myrtlebrook” development in Lakeland’s northwest quadrant is poised to become the city’s first solar microgrid community.Lakeland’s City Commission will vote today on a partnership between Lakeland Electric, BlockEnergy and Highland Homes to construc...
A new subdivision of 77 homes doesn’t sound particularly disruptive, but the “Myrtlebrook” development in Lakeland’s northwest quadrant is poised to become the city’s first solar microgrid community.
Lakeland’s City Commission will vote today on a partnership between Lakeland Electric, BlockEnergy and Highland Homes to construct 77 solar-powered single-family homes networked together in a “microgrid.” Each home will have its own solar panels and batteries, but these will be linked together. A central energy park will have additional battery storage to help control the neighborhood flow.
Lakeland Electric will own the solar equipment, paying Tampa-based BlockEnergy LLC about $55,000 per home. The community will be connected to Lakeland Electric’s grid — contributing excess power when it has a surplus and drawing power as needed.
The proposed neighborhood will be located west of Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary School, on Myrtle Road west of Green Road. The 77 homes will sit on 16 acres, with an average lot size of 6,000 square feet. Highland Homes expects to break ground in 2024, with housing construction set to be completed in late 2025 or early 2026.
“The microgrid project is disruptive. It’s new. It’s everything emerging technology stands for,” said Mike Dammer, Lakeland Electric’s manager of emerging technologies. “Which means everybody from the top down has had their hands on, looking at this, because we’re going into the new.”
In July, LE announced it was in talks with BlockEnergy, owned by Emera Inc. (which also owns Tampa Electric Company) to create solar-powered homes in a new subdivision that incorporates solar panels and a battery for homes to generate the neighborhood’s own microgrid of power.
The technology got its first major test during Hurricane Ian in September 2022. The powerful storm left 2.7 million Floridians in the dark, but residents of the 37-home Southshore Bay microgrid community in Wimauma, near Tampa, never lost power.
Homes grouped in pairs will share a Block Box battery-inverter, which will be connected to a Block Central that includes a system controller, larger scale batteries, backup natural gas generation and a tie top LE’s grid.
The City is agreeing to pay BlockEnergy on a set schedule of milestones $55,000 for each of the 77 homes, for a total cost of $4.235 million. The original plan was for 50 homes at a cost of $2.75 million.
The total cost of the project will be funded by Lakeland Electric. In July, Cindy Clemmons, Lakeland Electric’s manager of legislative and regulatory relations, said the cost of the equipment is “about the same or a little bit less” than installing traditional electric infrastructure with poles, wires, utility boxes and so forth.
Approximately $1.7 million is included in Lakeland Electric’s fiscal year 2024 budget, with the remainder of the cost subject to City Commission approval in subsequent budget years.
This project is also eligible for up to $1.1 million in federal tax incentives for green energy credits, which Lakeland Electric plans to pursue to offset the cost.
In the event of any lawsuits or claims, the contract calls for BlockEnergy to hold the city harmless, including personal injury and physical damage to property, arising out of Block’s negligence. BlockEnergy will provide a warranty on all materials and work during the three-year term of the Agreement as well as provide an additional six- month warranty from the date of any repair or replacement.
BlockEnergy will maintain the system for the first three years. During that time, it will train Lakeland Electric employees so they are ready to maintain and repair all of the equipment by 2028.
“This is a way of saying to our customers, ‘We are invested in your future to make sure we can limit outages,’ Dammer said. “This is a system that is designed to be built with and for the community. It is part of the community. It is not an add on. It is not a retrofit. This community is a solar community … We’re looking forward, not just trying to cram something in. We’re looking to make sure that when we build this, we’re building it with the community in mind, we’re building it with the customers in mind.”
Dammer said the microgrid is designed for 77% self-sufficiency, meaning the 77 homes will pull 77% from the BlockEnergy system and 23% from Lakeland Electric’s traditional generation.
“The caveat there is that that 23% will never be on peak — it will always be off peak,” Dammer said. “It will (add) into the batteries, 2:00 in the morning or whatever we decide is going to happen. So we have full control of when that happens, which means we’re not burdening our grid. And that’s a big win for us.”
The City Commission unanimously approved the contract on Monday.
The story has been updated to note the unanimous vote.
The below list of new businesses has been updated as of September 2023.Coming soonEvery time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in Lakeland. Whether you’re looking for your next go-to brunch destination or a new public park to stretch your legs, we’re rounding up a few things coming soon to the Swan City area this and next quarter.Business...
The below list of new businesses has been updated as of September 2023.
Every time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in Lakeland. Whether you’re looking for your next go-to brunch destination or a new public park to stretch your legs, we’re rounding up a few things coming soon to the Swan City area this and next quarter.
Publix Super Markets Information Technology Campus, 333 E. Lemon St. | Opening date TBD | A new IT campus predicted to bring over 100 full-time jobs with average salaries of $93,000
Assure Infusions Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility, Century Boulevard, Bartow | Opening fall 2023 | A 60,000-sqft IV fluid production facility that will create 100+ local jobs
Lakeland Regional Health Kathleen Road Campus location, 2400 Kathleen Rd. | Opening 2023 | 20+ acre state-of-the-art location offering access to primary care and specialty care, plus space for Graduate Medical Education Family Medicine residents
Orlando Health Lakeland Highlands Hospital, Polk Parkway and Lakeland Highlands Road | Opening summer 2026 | In-patient, ICU/progressive care, emergency department, birthing program, and more
Lakeland Regional Health freestanding emergency department | 6150 S. Florida Ave. | Opening TBA | Construction is ongoing for a freestanding emergency department in south Lakeland.
Hope House, 555 E. Stanford St. | Opening fall 2023 | A nonprofit training facility equipped to house eight new mothers at a time, located in the historic house used as the set for the 1990s film “My Girl”
Veterans Administration clinic | Adjacent to the Sam’s Club on Lakeland Highlands Road | Opening 2024 | VA care including home-based primary care, mental health services, audiology, and more
The Shed, 678 E. Main St. | Opening date TBD | The Joinery’s first expansion, featuring a full-service restaurant, coffee shop, and additional parking
Sabrina’s Delicacies, 4610 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Opening 2023 | Grab-and-go charcuterie boards and dine-in seating
Bedrock Wings, 127 S. Kentucky Ave. | Opening fall 2023 | Wings, Cuban sandwiches, salads, and wraps
Florida Polytechnic University’s Citrus Innovation Center, 4700 Research Way | Opening 2023 | A 28,000-sqft research facility for citrus research
Florida Southern College’s Adams Athletic Performance Center, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Opening 2024 | A 16,000-sqft development for Florida Southern College’s Division II athletes featuring conference rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms, and a film review room
Recreation Downtown Lakeland dog park, 145 N. Lake Ave. | Opening September 2024 | An enclosed park for large and small dogs across the street from Lakeland Fire Station 1
Lakeland History and Cultural Center, 100 Lake Morton Dr. | Opening September 2024 | An exhibit about Lakeland’s history with the citrus industry
Polk Museum of Art expansion, 800 E. Palmetto St. | Opening spring 2024 | A $6 million expansion of Lakeland’s existing art museum
Bob Adams Family Community YMCA, 3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Opening 2027 | New facilities featuring exercise equipment, indoor turf fields, an elevated track, updated children’s spaces, and more
Southwest Lakeland Park, Southwest Lakeland | Opening 2030 | A 100+ acre park featuring a library, dog parks, multipurpose fields, pickleball courts, and more
Publix Super Market at Oakbridge Centre, 3636 Harden Blvd. | Construction starting in Sept. 2022 | A rebuild of the existing 1988 Publix Super Market location featuring modernized features and changes to the parking lot
Downtown West multi-family housing, 300 W. Lime St. | Open date TBD | A mixed-use complex featuring 500 multi-family apartments, a parking garage, and retail and commercial space
Prospect Lake Wire, 608 Prospect St. | Open date TBD | Retail space and 630+ apartments
Medulla Road development, Southwest Lakeland | Construction starting 2023 | A 29-home subdivision on 35 acres of Southwest Lakeland
Oak Street Development, Oak Street lot between N. Kentucky Ave. and N. Tennessee Ave. | Opening 2024 | A seven-story building housing ~200 apartments, 1,600 sqft of retail space, and a three-story parking garage
If there’s one thing we love even more than looking ahead to the future, it’s enjoying the present at one of Lakeland’s newest spots. Check out this list of Swan City’s recently opened establishments.
Summit Consulting, 117 N. Massachusetts Ave. | An eight-story building on Lake Mirror unified Summit Consulting’s 500 employees under one roof
The Terrace Hotel Lakeland, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 329 E. Main St. | Updated rooms and amenities at a historic Lakeland hotel
COhatch, 211 E. Main St. | A three-story co-working space offering varying amenities and member benefits downtown
Gospel Village, 1120-1140 E. Lemon St. | Gospel Inc.’s recent expansion provides housing for those experiencing homelessness.
The Well, 114 E. Parker St. | A coworking space offering day passes and membership options
Dining4 Rivers Smokehouse, 4747 S. Florida Ave. | Casual dine-in +drive-thru barbecue
Jona-Bells Cafe, 3135 Knight Station Rd. | Fresh-squeezed juice, açaí bowls, coffee, and matcha
Unfiltered Lakeland, 801 E. Main St. | Coffee shop, artisan market, and event space housing other small businesses
Planet Smoothie, 1606 Town Center Dr. | Fresh protein, superfood, and meal replacement smoothies
Fresh Kitchen, 4520 S. Florida Ave. | Grab-and-go chef-inspired meals known for being free of gluten, antibiotics, and processed sugar
happyfastdelicious, 3601 S. Florida Ave. | Drive-thru coffee coming to the former Gelati Joe’s location
Hana Tea House, 4525 S. Florida Ave., Ste. 7 | Bubble tea, fresh smoothies, spring rolls, crab Rangoon, and more
J. Burns’ Pizza, 5615 S. Florida Ave., Ste. 101 | Classic pies, gluten-free options, and sub sandwiches
The Back Nine, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | Simulated sports, American fare, and cold beers
Tea Rx, 3114 S. Florida Ave. | Fruit smoothies, vegetable juices, bubble teas, salads, Bahn mi, and more
Dominican Cake By G, 1322 E. Memorial Blvd. | Classic pastries including palmiers, apple pie, pineapple Dominican cake, and pecan pie
My Ramen, 3121 US Hwy. 98 S. | Hibachi lunch, ramen, milk tea, and more
Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro Southside, 4209 S. Florida Ave. | Salads, sandwiches, coffee, and more for dine-in or pickup via the business’ first express drive-thru
Plaza Mexico, 3635 S. Florida Ave. | Traditional Mexican food
Blue Dog Craft Barbecue, 640 E. Main St. | Classic barbecue plates served up from one of The Joinery’s food stalls
Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd. | Swan City’s largest public park, featuring an event venue, aerial walking path, and 2-acre lawn
Florida Children’s Museum, 600 Bonnet Springs Blvd. | A 47,000-sqft children’s museum focusing on sensory experiences, learning, and inclusive play
John McGee Park, 2125 S. Edgewood Dr. | A car-themed playground featuring a half-mile walking path and two multi-purpose fields
Kelly Recreation Complex e-library, 404 Imperial Blvd. | Opening fall 2023 | Library materials, a seating area, and Activity Room
bodega Market, 106 N. Tennessee Ave. | Downtown Lakeland’s first market, featuring local and national brands and a deli counter
ALDI, 4532 S. Florida Ave. | Lakeland’s second ALDI location at the spot formerly occupied by Golden Corral
WHAT: Street ClosuresWHERE: East Orange Street and South Lake AvenueWHEN: September 11 – December 15WHY: Infrastructure for newly built apartmentsWHO: Tiger Contracting LLC – Orange Street ApartmentsLAKELAND, FL (August 30, 2023) | Starting September 11, 2023, a portion of East Orange Street from Iowa Avenue to South Lake Avenue will be closed along with a portion of South Lake Avenue from East...
WHAT: Street Closures
WHERE: East Orange Street and South Lake Avenue
WHEN: September 11 – December 15
WHY: Infrastructure for newly built apartments
WHO: Tiger Contracting LLC – Orange Street Apartments
LAKELAND, FL (August 30, 2023) | Starting September 11, 2023, a portion of East Orange Street from Iowa Avenue to South Lake Avenue will be closed along with a portion of South Lake Avenue from East Orange Street to East Lime Street for approximately three months.
It is anticipated that the road closures will remain in effect through December 15, 2023. Dedicated crews will be doing the necessary work connecting City utilities and installing critical infrastructure for the project currently known as the Orange Street Apartments.
To ensure the smooth flow of traffic and the safety of all residents and workers, the appropriate measures and detours will be in place as part of a traffic management plan for the duration of the project. Message boards are currently in place to notify motorist and residents about the upcoming road closures.
The developers of the Orange Street Apartments are covering the costs and construction of the project. Most of the work will be performed by Tiger Contracting LLC who is overseeing the project. They will be working with City of Lakeland Water and Wastewater crews to make the proper water and sewer infrastructure connections.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago.
For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net. Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor. Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov.
For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore LakelandGov.net.Citizens are also invited to follow the City on social media.
The number of medical facilities in Lakeland is on the cusp of a major expansion.Orlando Health has broken ground on its seven-story, 302-bed Lakeland Highlands Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2026.Skanska, a Stockholm-based project development and construction group, landed the...
The number of medical facilities in Lakeland is on the cusp of a major expansion.
Orlando Health has broken ground on its seven-story, 302-bed Lakeland Highlands Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2026.
Skanska, a Stockholm-based project development and construction group, landed the $109 million contract to build the 581,251 square-foot acute care facility. The new hospital will feature a 48-bed emergency department, 30 intensive care rooms, 16 rooms for a women’s birthing program, shelled space for a future neonatal intensive care unit and additional support services including imaging, a lab, a pharmacy, a dining room and a gift shop.
Bill Kallus, a spokesman for Orlando Health’s Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, confirmed that “Skanska is our competitively selected construction manager.” The company recently completed Orlando Health’s $187 million Jewett Orthopedic Institute, which began welcoming patients in March.
The new south Lakeland facility is being constructed on 80 acres at the southeast corner of the Polk Parkway at Lakeland Highlands Road. It was originally only going to have 136 beds, but Orlando Health officials more than doubled its scale last year after conducting a feasibility study that showed a need for 600 additional hospital beds in Lakeland.
Orlando Health’s relationship with Lakeland has evolved over the past six years. In 2017, Orlando Health and Lakeland Regional Health announced plans for a partnership, but those plans fell apart a year later.
Orlando Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $9.2 billion of assets under management. The 3,888-bed system includes 29 hospitals and emergency departments — 24 of which are currently operational and five more that are coming soon. Facilities stretch from The Villages to Melbourne to St. Petersburg and across the Caribbean to Puerto Rico.
More than 4,750 physicians, representing more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs more than 27,000 people. In FY22, Orlando Health served more than 142,000 inpatients and 3.9 million outpatients.
The healthcare organization has gotten permits to clear the property, which it has begun in earnest.
“We anticipate the future arrival of Orlando Health and its medical complex as an augmentation of the health care needs of our growing community,” said Mayor Bill Mutz.
When completed, Orlando Health’s new facility will be second in size locally to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, which has operated here for more than a century.
Lakeland Regional Health’s flagship medical center is an 864-bed hospital with a Level II trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Its emergency room was recently ranked the second-busiest in the nation with more than 190,000 visitors to its emergency department in 2021.
The medical center treats more than 2,800 trauma patients annually and has an accredited comprehensive stroke center and chest pain center. In 2015, it opened the 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2018, it opened the eight-story Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. Last year, it added the 96-bed Harrell Family Center for Behavioral Health.
It also has 15 other clinics, offices and urgent care centers in Lakeland, Auburndale, Winter Haven, Lake Wales and Plant City.
And it’s not done expanding.
On Tuesday, LRH got approval from the city’s Planning and Zoning Board to change the zoning of .88 acres of land next to its Morrell building so it can build 3,000 square feet of medical office space for its new graduate medical education program. Its first 70 residents began their training earlier this month.
The land — south of East Lane, east of Morrell Drive and north of Parkview Place — is currently being used for employee parking but it is zoned RA-4, which allows single-family homes. LRH requested a change to O-1, which would allow low-impact office use. The request will now head to the City Commission for final approval.
Lakeland Regional had operating revenue of $978 million in fiscal year 2021 and nearly $5 billion in gross patient revenue. It has more than 6,400 employees and offers more than 35 specialties, including a cancer center and a neurosciences center in conjunction with the University of South Florida.
It is in the final stages of construction of a 300,000-square-foot campus at Kathleen Road and I-4, about 2.4 miles northwest of its main campus, which will include an emergency room, urgent care center and clinical space for its family medicine residents. Officials are also considering a possible nursing home on the site.
It is planning a $25 million free-standing emergency services facility on 2.2 acres at 6150 S. Florida Ave., south of Schoolhouse Road. The planned ER will have 17 beds and three triage rooms.
LRH also “continues to consider plans” for 100 acres of land it owns at U.S. Highway 98 just south of County Road 540-A.
The competing hospitals are part of an increase in medical facilities in Polk County, one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.
A 92,600-square-foot Veterans Administration outpatient clinic is under construction at 3530 Lakeland Highlands Road. It will replace a facility less than a quarter of its size on South Pipkin Road.
The new clinic is expected to open in 2024 and will offer greater access to mental health care as well as primary care, audiology, an eye clinic, and specialty clinics including podiatry, prosthetics and physical therapy.
Other hospital facilities in the county include:
Late last year, the Polk Planning Board rejected plans by HCA Healthcare, one of the largest hospital chains in the country, to put a 60-bed hospital on property it bought between Valleyview Elementary School and George Jenkins High School off County Road 540-A.
We’ve all been there: Someone’s trying to give you directions by describing 10 lefts, 20 rights, and a jumble of cardinal directions. Isn’t it easier to just point out a landmark?That’s exactly what we’re doing. We have a few of the most recognizable Lakeland landmarks — from the Southgate Sign to Lake Mirror’s Frances Langford Promenade. Not only are these local icons easy to remember, but they’ll also get you where you need to go in a jiffy.Tax Collector for Polk CountyAd...
We’ve all been there: Someone’s trying to give you directions by describing 10 lefts, 20 rights, and a jumble of cardinal directions. Isn’t it easier to just point out a landmark?
That’s exactly what we’re doing. We have a few of the most recognizable Lakeland landmarks — from the Southgate Sign to Lake Mirror’s Frances Langford Promenade. Not only are these local icons easy to remember, but they’ll also get you where you need to go in a jiffy.
Tax Collector for Polk CountyAddress: 916 N. Massachusetts Ave.Nearby: Haus 820, The Yard on Mass
There’s something iconic about our city’s neon signs —even our Tax Collector’s office gets it. The building was once home to a 1950s-era Publix store, and it keeps its signature green hue today.
Southside Cleaners SignAddress: 901 S. Florida Ave.Nearby: 360 Unlimited, Low Country Vintage
No drive through Dixieland is complete without a glance at the Southside Cleaner’s quote of the day. The seafoam green and sunny starburst sign has been around since 1962 and is curated with different phrases on the marquee throughout the week.
“Sputnik” Roto-SphereAddress: 941 E. Main St.Nearby: Jenkins Lincoln, Boring Business Systems
This spinning neon art piece was designed by Warren Milks between 1961-1970. It’s been dubbed “Sputnik” because it looks like the satellites that were launched in the 1950s. The Roto-Sphere is so much of a Lakeland landmark that pilots use it as a reference point at night.
The Frances Langford PromenadeNearby: The Joinery, Lake Mirror Complex, Catapult
Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, the promenade was completed in 1928 and later dedicated to Lakeland native Frances Langford. It’s now home to events like the Lakeland Christmas Parade and Red, White & Kaboom.
The Polk TheatreAddress: 121 S. Florida Ave.Nearby: Little Lake Play, Oates Building
The Polk Theatre first opened in 1928 and was one of the first local spots with air conditioning. If the glowing sign catches your eye, head inside to see a movie and take in the Mediterranean-inspired building design.
Southgate Shopping CenterAddress: 2515 S. Florida Ave.Nearby: Publix, Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware
Built in 1957, the Southgate Shopping Center transformed the Polk County skyline — now, you’d be hard-pressed to find an illustration of Lakeland that doesn’t include it. Its claim to fame was a cameo in the 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands.” More recently, it was also used for Disney’s movie “The One and Only Ivan” in 2018.
Publix Water TowerAddress: 3335 New Tampa Hwy.Nearby: Publix distribution centers, Silvermoon Drive-In
This water tower, nicknamed “Hydrocake,” was built in 1982. The tower stands tall at 146 feet, and it’s topped with 8-ft tall illuminated candles that represent Publix’s past and future. It can provide 250,000 gallons of water per minute for the supermarket’s nearby production and distribution centers.
The Dixieland DragonAddress: 118 W. Park St.Nearby: Born & Bread Bakehouse, Waller Centre
A welder used scrap metal from Dixieland Relics to create a public art installation. Pay this mythical beast a visit on your next trip to the Dixieland neighborhood.
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