Orlando Health, which owns three hospitals, has two affiliations that fall short of full ownership, spokeswoman Kena Lewis said. The system holds a 50% stake in South Lake Hospital in Seminole, Fla., and a 20% stake in St. Cloud (Fla.) Regional Medical Center, Lewis said.
Health Central chose Orlando Health over three other suitors considered for several months. For-profit chains Health Management Associates and HCA joined Orlando Health and Orlando-based Florida Hospital in making presentations to Health Central's board in November. The choice was later narrowed to Florida Health and Orlando Health.
Health Central said the affiliation promises the ability to expand programs and services as well as keep up with the demands of federal healthcare reform, competition and a growing community.