Orlando Health Cancer Institute Expands Services, Adds New Cancer Specialist for Osceola County Patients

Orlando, Florida (February 18, 2022) – Orlando Health Cancer Institute – Osceola achieved two major milestones this month with the addition of infusion therapy and a new medical oncologist to serve patients in Osceola County.

The expansion of the service means that cancer patients in Osceola will now be able to access chemotherapy treatments closer to home and much easier than ever before.

“We are very pleased to continue to open more services to our Osceola County patients,” said Margo Shoup, MD, president of the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. “We listen to our patients and know that they truly appreciate and benefit from the convenience of having their treatments close by, in their communities.”

Treatments will be delivered in three newly constructed chemotherapy infusion bays in the 5,500 square foot clinic located inside the Orlando Health – Osceola Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion (1001 E. Osceola Pkwy., Suite 250, Kissimmee, Florida 34744). Construction of a fourth infusion bay is expected to begin soon. The space also includes 12 exam rooms where patients can meet with Orlando Health Cancer Institute specialists for medical oncology and surgical oncology consultations.

Simi George, MD

To help guide the launch of the infusion therapy program in Osceola County, the Orlando Health Cancer Institute hired Dr. Simi George.

Dr. George is a board-certified medical oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer with particular expertise in gastrointestinal cancers. She received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. She completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine in New Hyde Park, New York. She has been in practice for eight years and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.

Dr. George will also lead medical oncology infusion services at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute – St. Cloud, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in mid-2022. The new 7,100 square foot facility, located in the Orlando Health Medical Pavilion – St. Cloud (1330 Budinger Ave, St Cloud, FL 34769), will include six exam rooms, two consultation rooms and 12 infusion bays.

Orlando Health Cancer Institute – St. Cloud will be the organization’s fifth regional facility, including Osceola and others in Lake Mary, Ocoee and the Dr. Phillips area of ​​Orlando. Each facility provides patients with access to the world-class cancer care options they expect from Orlando Health in a space close to home.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $7.6 billion in assets under management serving the southeastern United States.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized worldwide for its Pediatric and Adult Level 1 Trauma Program as well as the only state-accredited Level 2 Adult Trauma Center in the Saint Petersburg region. It is home to the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the Southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of a training center for Olympic athletes and the operator of one of the largest and most successful clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health has pioneered life-changing medical research and its graduate medical education program is home to more than 350 residents and fellows. The 3,200-bed system includes 16 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound treatment centers, adult and pediatric medical practices, skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health facility for inpatients, home care services in partnership with LHC Group and urgent care centers in partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. Nearly 4,500 physicians, representing more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, have privileges in the Orlando health system, which employs more than 23,000 team members. In FY21, Orlando Health served nearly 160,000 inpatients and nearly 3.6 million outpatients. During this same period, Orlando Health provided approximately $648 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charitable care, community benefits programs and services, the community and more. Additional information can be found at http://www.orlandohealth.com, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, instagram and Twitter @orlandohealth.

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