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AdventHealth expands reach in Pasco

The hospital chain pays $4.5 million to buy 18 acres from a Metro Development Group affiliate.
AdventHealth's central Pasco emergency room at t 16625 State Road 54 is shown here. The hospital chain recently purchased 18 acres on State Road 52 at the northern entrance of the Mirada development west of Dade City.
AdventHealth's central Pasco emergency room at t 16625 State Road 54 is shown here. The hospital chain recently purchased 18 acres on State Road 52 at the northern entrance of the Mirada development west of Dade City. [ MICHELE MILLER | Times ]
Published Jan. 28, 2020

SAN ANTONIO -- AdventHealth is expanding its footprint in Pasco County.

The hospital chain recently closed on the $4.5 million purchase of 18 acres at the corner of State Road 52 and Mirada Boulevard, west of the village of San Antonio. That corner is at the northern entrance to the Mirada development, within Metro Development Group’s soon-to-be rebranded connected city.

AdventHealth has not disclosed its plans for the property, which was purchased from a Metro Development Group affiliate Dec. 19.

"We are working to understand the health care needs in that area in the long-term and will then begin a business development plan based on that assessment,'' Richelle Hoenes, spokeswoman for AdventHealth, said via email.

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Mirada, once known as Cannon Ranch, is one of the largest pieces of the 7,800-acre district known as the connected city corridor, planned as the nation’s first smart gigabit community built from the ground up. The district is bordered approximately by Interstate 75 on the west, Curley Road on the east, Overpass Road on the south and extends just north of SR 52. The Epperson neighborhood and its high-profile amenity, a 7.5-acre manmade lagoon, is the first component of the connected city. Mirada is a 1,600-acre project that carries entitlements for more than 4,000 homes.

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AdventHealth’s land buy now means that its facilities will bookend the connected city. Metro Development Group and the nonprofit healthcare company announced in September that AdventHealth would be the exclusive healthcare partner in the development. It included a three-phase plan to promote healthy living with tele-health services in individual homes, a health park facility and plans for an offsite emergency room.

At 18 acres, the land on SR 52 likely would be large enough for eight standalone emergency rooms. AdventHealth’s free-standing emergency room on State Road 54 at Bexley by Newland Communities sits on slightly more than 2 acres. By comparison, the chain’s 75-bed, long-term care hospital at Connerton in Land O’ Lakes is on less than 5 acres, and the 120-bed hospital in Dade City is on 20 acres.

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AdventHealth also will anchor a 98,000-square-foot, mixed-use facility adjoining the lagoon within Epperson. Preliminary plans for the complex filed with Pasco County labeled that part of the project as a health club/fitness center. More precisely, it is intended to include private offices, shared workspaces, a wellness center, cafe and spa overlooking the lagoon, a company spokeswoman has said.

AdventHealth has nearly 50 hospitals across the U.S., including in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Dade City and Land O’ Lakes in Pasco County and on Fletcher Avenue in nearby Tampa.

Just a month before closing on the property along SR 52, AdventHealth cut the ribbon on a 22,000-square-foot, 30-bed expansion of its long-term acute care hospital in Connerton in Land O’ Lakes. The company also owns other undeveloped property within the Connerton Commerce Park. It purchased the former Bayfront Hospital Dade City in 2018 and is expanding its campus in Wesley Chapel to make room for a new partnership with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Center and a satellite outpatient cancer center.

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The purchase of the Mirada property closed a month after BayCare Health Systems confirmed it was abandoning plans for a new 60-bed hospital at I-75 and Overpass Road in the vicinity of the connected city and would instead build on land it already owned on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, south of State Road 54.