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Osceola Regional and Nemours Open County's First Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

$7 Million Expansion Quadruples Hospital's Pediatric Area

Thursday, Jun 2, 2016


Osceola Regional Medical Center and Nemours Children’s Health System opened a state-of-the art Pediatric Department – expanding access to life-saving medical treatment for children in Osceola County. The $7 million facility includes a six-room pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) – the first in Osceola County.

The 14,000-square-foot expansion more than quadruples the size of the previous pediatric area. In addition to the PICU, the department includes 14 private rooms, eight pediatric medical/surgical beds and a recently renovated Pediatric Emergency Department. The expansion enables Osceola Regional and Nemours to provide a more cohesive pediatric program through expanded specialist services and 24/7 medical coverage. The hospital also has Osceola County’s only Level II Trauma Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Level II (NICU).

Nemours and Osceola Regional launched their affiliation in January 2016, when Nemours pediatric hospitalists began to care for patients at the medical center. With this expansion, Nemours will now provide pediatric intensivists and neonatologists.

Osceola Regional, an HCA North Florida facility, is also staffed with dedicated pediatric ER physicians and a tenured team of local pediatric and family-practice physicians.

“As Osceola County grows at a rate nearly three times the state average, Osceola Regional seeks to meet the needs of our diverse and dynamic community, including young families,” said Robert Krieger, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center and Hunter’s Creek ER. “We are honored to earn the trust of these families by providing their children with quality, compassionate care.”

“Nemours is committed to bringing our world-class pediatric specialists closer to Florida families,” said Robert Bridges, chief executive of Florida operations for Nemours. “We are proud that this expansion of our relationship with Osceola Regional Medical Center will help more children stay in their own community when they need to be hospitalized.”

About Osceola Regional Medical Center

Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 318-bed hospital featuring a 24-hour Emergency Department, Pediatrics ER; 24-hour Obstetrician (OB) Coverage/Baby Suites Maternity Unit; Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatrics; Accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Primary Advanced Stroke Center; Orthopedic and Spine Center; Wound Healing Center; and the Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center. Also included are complete diagnostic, imaging and testing services at the Osceola Imaging and the Breast Care Center. The hospital features a premier multi-million dollar, cardiac care tower housing The Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute, which offers a full range of interventional and electrophysiology procedures, including catheter ablation. The Institute offers advanced comprehensive heart care – from diagnostics and treatment, including minimally invasive cardiac and vascular surgery – to cardiac rehabilitation. Visit for more information.

About HCA

Nashville-based HCA is the nation's leading provider of healthcare services. The company, comprised of locally managed facilities, includes about 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England. It employs approximately 199,000 professionals.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.