LRH Plans Ambulatory Care Site at I-4 and Kathleen Road

Lakeland Regional Health is expanding into northwest Lakeland, announcing plans to open an ambulatory care center on 20 acres at I-4 and Kathleen Road in 2023 to serve northern Polk County.

The new location will help LRH meet community needs and address “some of the opportunities highlighted in our Community Health Needs Assessment,” CEO Danielle Drummond said in a news release.

The facility will include space for outpatient care and other services, the news release said. It concluded: “As the project gets underway, more information about the new location, including details about the healthcare services offered, will be provided.”

The facility is planned for the northwest corner of the I-4/Kathleen Road interchange, which is currently vacant. That tract was had been one of three finalist sites earlier this year for a large Veterans Administration outpatient clinic in Lakeland. The site ultimately chosen for the VA clinic is a pasture in south Lakeland on Lakeland Highlands Road north of the Polk Parkway.

The proposed ambulatory care center would be Lakeland Regional Health’s 11th outpatient location. LRH offers primary and urgent care as well as specialty care in nearly 30 specialties. 

Lakeland’s Watson Clinic has 18 outpatient locations. Competition in Lakeland is intensifying with several new providers moving into the city, including Winter Haven’s Bond Clinic, which added a Lakeland campus on Edgewood Drive in 2020.

Here is the text of the news release:

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce its plans to expand healthcare services in the northern area of Polk County with the addition of a new ambulatory care site at the corner of Kathleen Road and I-4. The targeted opening date is set for 2023.

“According to recent U.S. Census data over a two-year period, Polk County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health. “Expanding comprehensive healthcare services to meet the local health needs of our area is one of our community objectives in our 5-year strategic plan. This new location will help us to achieve that goal while also addressing some of the opportunities highlighted in our Community Health Needs Assessment.”

Located on about 20 acres, the building will provide space for outpatient care, as well as additional services. “Providing access to quality healthcare continues to be of vital importance to our organization, and this new project will allow us to expand that care to the northern part of our county,” said Patrick Phillips, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Chief Strategy Officer, Lakeland Regional Health.

As the project gets underway, more information about the new location, including details about the healthcare services offered, will be provided.

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