UCF Lake Nona Medical Center October 26, 2018

HCA and UCF officials take the first shovels of dirt to launch the construction of UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

"You all ready to build a hospital?"

With those words -- from Michael Joyce, president of HCA Healthcare's North Florida Division - university and HCA leaders, faculty physicians, medical students and community leaders broke ground Thursday for UCF Lake Nona Medical Center.

Left to right: Michael Joyce, President, HCA Healthcare's North Florida Division, Dr. Deborah German, Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean, UCF College of Medicine and UCF President Dale Whittaker

The UCF-HCA joint venture hospital will open in late 2020 on 25 acres across from the UCF College of Medicine.

Reactions to UCF Lake Nona Medical Center Groundbreaking

UCF Mascot Knightro joins UCF Lake Nona Medical Center CEO Wendy Brandon for his official groundbreaking photo

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center CEO Wendy Brandon announced HCA will donate $3 million to hire a renowned cancer scientist to lead UCF's cancer efforts