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Dedication to Our Heroes

Time honoring our community’s valued veterans continued beyond Memorial Day this year in Lake Nona. Tuesday, May 26thmarked the official dedication ceremony of the new Orlando VA Medical Center, the largest medical building in Lake Nona Medical City.

This groundbreaking facility brings 134 inpatient beds, a 120-bed Community Living Center, and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program Domiciliary to Lake Nona to better accommodate Central Florida veterans after their tours of duty. Amongst other services, veterans will also be able to log into a private patient system, create a personal avatar, and navigate the VA Medical Center at the click of a mouse.

The hospital will provide acute and complex specialty care, advanced diagnostics, and support services across a broad spectrum of multispecialty practices. This is all in addition to a center for prosthetic development, mental health care services, and an all-new SimLEARN National Simulation Center, offering simulation health care training for more than 150 VA hospitals across the country.

“This state-of-the-art medical campus will serve as a place of healing for those who have served,” said Orlando VA Medical Center Director Timothy Liezert. “With the opening of this innovative medical center, we are fundamentally changing the way we provide health care by offering new technologies and services that focus on the needs of our veterans.”

Hundreds gathered for the public dedication ceremony, which featured a keynote address from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, and a tour of the new center. 

Although construction is mostly complete on the Orlando VA Medical Center, and many patients are currently being seen, certain departments are undergoing extensive testing and reviews to ensure medical equipment works properly and all standards are met. The VA expects to be fully operational in the fall.

The new Orlando VA Medical Center is located at 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, FL 32827. For more information, please visit orlando.va.gov.

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Nemours Children’s Hospital Commitment to Pediatric Sports Concussions Research

One of the recently recurring topics in national news has been the impact of contact sports on our youngest community members. That’s why Dr. Todd Maugans, Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona, recently announced an organization-wide commitment to child safety in light of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, held on May 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

“I applaud the President for helping to focus attention on youth sports,” he said. “The nation can do better and Nemours is proud to help. I shared [Nemours’ commitment with] the Obama Administration to continue our research into the impact that a concussion has on the brains of children, to maximize our outreach to communities, to educate, prevent and treat concussions, and to provide a powerful educational resource.”

Nemours has a significant educational resource, KidsHealth.org, within its system. It is produced by the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media and remains the most-visited website in the world devoted to childhood wellbeing. In addition, Nemours is working to find new and better ways to care for kids after they endure a concussion.  “Nemours researchers will be enrolling children diagnosed with concussions in studies designed to understand the functional changes to the brain,” Maugans went on to explain. “We’re exploring the role of common fluids and foodstuffs, such as cocoa, to prevent the mitigate effects of cerebral blood flow seen in children with concussions.” Such research could mark a pivotal change in the way we play team sports and treat debilitating injuries.

This progressive approach to specialized pediatric health care illustrates just one of the ways Nemours is redefining how we treat serious childhood injuries and illnesses, right on our home turf.

To learn more about Nemours and its unique
programming, please visit Nemours.org.

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Tavistock Welcomes Starbucks to Lake Nona

It’s official, community residents will soon be able to drive-thru a new Starbucks later this fall. Tavistock Development Co. brokered the deal with Starbucks, which will open its first Lake Nona location as an anchor within Lake Nona’s Vickrey Place.

Vickrey Place will offer 10,500 sf of retail space adjacent to Valencia College’s new campus and the Primrose School, along Narcoossee Road just south of the 417.  The one-story building includes seven retail bays with an oversized covered patio area. The 2,105-sf Starbucks location will include a drive-thru lane and join other tenants Hand & Stone, Jersey Mike’s and OXXO Cleaners in the retail center, which is within walking distance for the 3,000 students at Valencia¹s Lake Nona campus, as well as Lake Nona High School.  It is also less than two miles from Medical City and along the busy drop-off route for Lake Nona Middle School parents.


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