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Winter Park Hospital announces $85 million expansion


Winter Park Memorial Hospital revealed details of a new expansion on Wednesday that will add up to 80 private rooms for patients.

Hospital officials said the $85 million Nicholson Pavilion expansion is the first step toward becoming an all private room facility.

"It represents not only the growth of Winter Park, but the commitment to creating a world class healthcare experience," said Tom Yochum, president of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Hospital administrators said a large factor for the expansion is Winter Park's growing and aging population.  More than 33,000 seniors live in a five-mile radius of the hospital.

"Eight residents become seniors every day," administrator Jennifer Wandersleben said. "When you have a private room and a private bathroom, it really helps in the healing process."

When completed, the hospital will hold a total of 400 patient beds.

The five-story, Mediterranean-inspired pavilion will be named for philanthropists Tony and Sonya Nicholson, who made a sizable donation to make the project a reality.

"This is where I've worked. This is where I've earned my money. This is where I taught my children. By God, this is where I'm giving back," Tony Nicholson said.

Construction on the Nicholson Pavilion is set to begin this winter, with completion scheduled for late 2018.


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