• Florida Hospital breaks ground on new women's hospital

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida Hospital broke ground on its new multimillion-dollar women's hospital Wednesday morning.

    It's the latest in a medical boom taking place in in central Florida.

    The new women's hospital will cost $210 million.

    "In central Florida between 30 and 40 percent of women, depending on what the preventative service is, just aren't accessing care," said Marla Sillman of Florida Hospital Orlando.

    Providing access to healthcare is one thing but experts say adding facilities like Florida Hospital's drives business in a traditionally tourist-based town.

    "The whole country is thinking about what do we do with technology, what do we do with health and what's the intersection of those, and you see a lot of investment going into that and it's exciting that central Florida is pacing right with what's happening nationally," said David Banks of Florida Hospital Orlando.

    Florida Hospital recently announced plans for a healthcare village and Lake Nona's Medical City is becoming a mecca for care and research, creating thousands of high-paying jobs.

    Even during expansions like Florida Hospital's, healthcare experts said they aren't forgetting Orlando's bread and butter. They said they hope top-of-the-line facilities like the new 12-story building will drive medical tourism, and lure people for healthcare vacations from around the country.

    "There have been a number of investments that have taken place that have really made this a medical destination and a scientific destination," said Banks.

    The women's hospital is scheduled to open in 2015.

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