By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
The yet-to-be-completed Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Medical Center will soon have a new neighbor, as Alter+Care is currently developing an adjacent 100,000-square-foot, three-story medical office and wellness facility: Wellness Plaza at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.
According to Donna Jarmusz, Alter+Care’s senior vice president for business development and strategic initiatives, “Wellness Plaza at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel reflects the new integrated model for healthcare by combining a comprehensive wellness center, physician offices and hospital-based services in one convenient location on the new medical center campus.” Designed by Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative, the building will be connected to the hospital via a short, covered walkway. The hospital will have the potential for expansion to 288 beds, to be constructed in multiple phases to meet growing healthcare community needs.
Located in Wesley Chapel—approximately 25 miles north of downtown Tampa—the property will house a 50,000-square-foot wellness center that will include a 25-meter lap pool; a warm-water therapy pool; locker rooms for men, women and family; an indoor walk/jog track; massage services; group exercise studios; conference rooms; cardio and free weight equipment; a heart-healthy café; a logo shop; and disease management and wellness education programs. The rest of the space will be leased to physicians and ancillary healthcare service providers.
Alter+Care—ranked by Modern Healthcare as one of the nation’s leading healthcare real estate companies—is developing the Wellness Plaza at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel for the Adventist Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare organization established in 1973 that supports 43 campuses in 12 states and employs 55,000 individuals. Adventist Health System’s flagship, Florida Hospital, is one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States and a national leader in cardiac care.