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By Al Everson
posted Mar 13, 2014 - 10:02:21am
Although Deltona is the largest city in Volusia County and the second largest city in East Central Florida, it lacks something most big cities have: a hospital.
Now, that may change. Halifax Health has confirmed it purchased land at the interchange of Interstate 4 and State Road 472 for a full-fledged inpatient care center.
Halifax Health spokesman Rafael Ramirez told the Deltona City Commission about his agency’s intentions March 3.
Ramirez said Halifax Health bought 30 acres at the interchange. The sale has not yet closed, he noted, but his statement caps months of speculation and rumors about Halifax Health's possible expansion westward from its Daytona Beach-area sphere of dominance.
The new Halifax hospital in West Volusia may be ready to open in about four years, according to Ramirez, and may have about 80 beds.
Halifax Health is also remodeling the old Hollywood Video building at 2090 Saxon Blvd. as an urgent-care facility that may open soon. Half of the building will be leased to a team of radiologists, Ramirez said.
In addition, Halifax bought 12 acres on Deltona’s east side, at the intersection of Howland Boulevard and State Road 415, where it will build an urgent-care center, not far from the Walmart Supercenter. That outpatient facility may have about 23,000 square feet and, as well as offering outpatient medical care, may provide rehabilitation services. That urgent-care center may be ready to open in about a year and a half, Ramirez said.
Deltona City Commissioner Zenaida Denizac hailed Halifax Health's announcement about a hospital for her city.
"I have been advocating for a hospital since 2005," she said. "We have a huge health need, especially on the east side."
Denizac urged Ramirez to encourage Halifax Health's board of commissioners and its administration to consider partnering with Pine Ridge High School to provide a health academy as a special course of high-school study.
"I see this as a positive thing for our community," Denizac said. "I welcome you."
Estimates of the capital investment for each of the facilities to be developed by Halifax Health are not readily available, said John Guthrie, director of Halifax Health's corporate communications.
Halifax Health's announcement of its intentions to enlarge its presence in Deltona comes as Florida Hospital Fish Memorial confirms its purchase of 5 acres at the intersection of Saxon Boulevard and Sterling Silver Boulevard for a Centra Care clinic. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial also bought 11 acres at the intersection of Doyle Road and S.R. 415 in 2008 to develop an outpatient clinic.
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and Centra Care are part of the Adventist Health System Sunbelt.
Halifax Health is a state-chartered taxing agency, whose district covers much of the eastern portion of Volusia County. The Halifax board of commissioners, whose members are appointed by the governor, levies taxes on properties within the district.
"We are a taxing district," Ramirez said. "We have about $25 million a year for capital expenses."
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