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Located in Lake Nona, Orlando’s medical city is quickly becoming a hub of learning and health technology in Central Florida. The 7,000-acre community is already home to the UCF College of Medicine, Nemours Children’s Hospital, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Institute and the future Orlando VA Medical Center.

Medical city is a testament to the public-private partnerships of the Central Florida community. The generosity, innovation and hard work of community, business and civic leaders, and residents has helped turn once pastureland into a growing center of medical learning, research, patient care and economic development.

An economic study by Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics projects that medical city will create over 30,000 jobs and bring $7.6 billion in annual economic activity by the year 2017.



Sanford-Burnham Institute

The goal of scientists at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is to turn today’s scientific discoveries into tomorrow’s cures. Focused on medical issues like obesity and diabetes, Sanford-Burnham’s constantly-advancing environment is meant to foster creativity and new innovative approaches ideas for its researchers.

Sanford-Burnham recently partnered with Florida Hospital, to form a Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. It’s the first major step towards bringing medical research advances to the patients who need them. The primary focus of this partnership is to combat diabetes with new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease.

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Veteran’s Affairs Hospital

Currently under construction at medical city, the Orlando VA Medical Center will provide state-of-the-art medical care for our nation’s military heroes. Central Florida is home to more than 400,000 veterans, and the center will feature a 134-bed inpatient hospital, nursing home, domiciliary, and outpatient clinic. It is the first VA hospital built in the United States since 1995.

The Orlando VA Medical Center will also serve as a national site for medical simulation training. Medical professionals from across the country will train with cutting-edge medical simulation technology including robotic surgery and simulated patients.

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UF Research Center

The University of Florida, the state’s oldest public university, opened a research center in medical city in the fall of 2012. The 106,000 square-foot UF Research Center houses several other centers, including the Institute for Therapeutic Innovation and the Institute on Aging. Here, students and faculty will research new approaches to infectious diseases, geriatric health care and even organ transplantation. The UF Research Center’s location adjacent to Sanford-Burnham is also designed to encourage scientific collaboration.

The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will also be relocated to the UF Research Center, allowing pharmacy students to be in the center of a growing medical hub.

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Nemour’s Childrens Hospital

On Monday, October 22, 2012, Nemours Children’s hospital opened its doors to its first young patients. Children being treated in the facility’s 95 hospital rooms can personalize their space with a choice of colorful LED lights. The choices produce a colorful window display on the hospital’s exterior that can even be seen by passengers flying into nearby Orlando International Airport.

Nemours was designed with children and parents in mind. Parents in the hospital’s Family Advisory Council actually helped design the new medical center, and continue to provide input on how Nemours is run.

Nemours Children’s Hospital’s commitment to health and medical research impact children who may never actually enter the hospital.

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Pegasus Health

Featuring primary care and specialists under one roof, UCF Pegasus Health is the College of Medicine’s new physician practice. Located a block from the main UCF campus, the practice serves patients from across the community ages 16 and up, and features specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, sports medicine, neurology and nephrology.

UCF Pegasus Health doctors are all faculty physicians at the College of Medicine who are training the next generation of health leaders. The UCF Pegasus Health facility provides a warm, comfortable, home-like environment that encourages teamwork and communication between physician and patient.  The practice accepts most major insurance carriers.

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Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

The College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences focuses its research in the conditions that plague humankind – cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and infectious disease. The Burnet school offers undergraduate and graduate classes on the main UCF campus and research labs at a new five-story, 250,000-square-foot facility at medical city.

Because it includes a biomedical sciences school, UCF is a research-intensive medical school that trains students about the partnership between clinical care and medical research. The Burnett school’s Pre-Health Professions Advisement Office provides assistance for biomedical sciences undergraduates who are looking to enter post-graduate education including medical and dental school.

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College of Medicine

UCF’s young medical school enrolled its charter class in 2009, but is already making strides well beyond its years. As the academic cornerstone of medical city, the college’s goal is to be the nation’s premier 21st century college of medicine, a national leader in education, research, patient care and service. The college’s 170,000-square-foot medical education building is built in the shape of a semi-circle, literally designed to look like a “hug.” The design was inspired by the spirit of inclusiveness and community that is reflected in the school’s identity as “the medical school that belongs to us all.”

The College of Medicine is a leader in innovation and technology. The Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library is 98 percent digital, allowing students and faculty to access learning materials any time, any place, on any mobile device. The medical education building offers state-of-the-art labs and learning environments and is a national leader in interactive learning systems. The College of Medicine’s inaugural class will graduate in May of 2013. Thanks to community donations, these students were the first medical school class in U.S. history to each receive full four-year scholarships. Enrollment at the College of Medicine is approximately 280, a seven-fold increase in four years. At full enrollment, the college will train a total of 480 medical students a year.

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Lake Nona includes neighborhoods, commercial development, parks and amenities, stellar schools and a community passionate about healthy, sustainable living. Once quiet pastureland, Lake Nona is now a greenfield for public-private partnerships that can yield innovation, research and health. Located just minutes from Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona and its partners are working to become a global health care destination featuring world class medical education, research and patient care. Just this year, networking powerhouse Cisco Systems named Lake Nona an Iconic Smart+Connected City, one of nine cities in the world and the first in America that will bring the latest networking technology and digital infrastructure to the area’s building, transportation, utility and civic systems.