Wellington Regional Medical Center acquires additional 35 acres in Westlake for future medical campus

CITY OF WESTLAKE, FL – (November 25, 2019)  — Wellington Regional Medical Center has acquired 35 additional acres in Westlake from Minto Communities for the future development of a medical campus. The transaction closed November 25. Terms were not disclosed.

The land is adjacent to a five-acre parcel on which the hospital built a freestanding emergency medical facility that opened to patients in April 2019. The ER at Westlake, located at 16750 Persimmon Boulevard, provides emergency medical care 24-hours a day, seven days a week with eight exam rooms, three rapid medical exam bays, one triage room, on-site lab services and on-site radiological services.

Wellington Regional's parent company, Universal Health Services (UHS), had an option to acquire the 35 acres when it closed on the land for the emergency room facility early in 2018.

"Due to the early success of the ER at Westlake, we decided to exercise our option and move forward with purchasing the additional land," said Pam Tahan, CEO, Wellington Regional Medical Center. "The City of Westlake is growing faster than expected and we want to be prepared to meet Westlake's and the surrounding community's health care needs as more people move into the area."

Wellington Regional said it's too early to determine how the land will be developed, but city zoning rules allow for medical-related uses such as a pharmacy, diagnostic testing, urgent care facility and an acute care hospital.

"We commend Wellington Regional for having the vision to start planning now to meet the future demand for medical services in this part of Palm Beach County," said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities USA. "At the rate Westlake is growing, there will be a big need for robust and quality health care services in the area sooner rather than later."

Minto has sold over 420 single-family homes since opening Westlake in October 2017, beating expectations. Recently, the master-developer/builder started selling Phase 2 of its second neighborhood, The Meadows, priced from the low $300s. Minto's first neighborhood, The Hammocks, is near sell out. That sales velocity has propelled the City of Westlake to become the fastest growing city in Florida according to U.S. Census figures.

The 3,800-acre Westlake community is approved for 4,500 homes and more than 2-million square feet of commercial space.

In June 2019, Minto opened the first phase of its $15 million amenities center. The Westlake Adventure Park includes a resort-style lagoon pool with water slide, a kids' interactive splash pad, and poolside concessions. An expansive recreational lawn features a covered concert pavilion and grassy area for events, along with shade pavilions, grills and picnic area, BMX pump park, playground and bocce ball courts. Phase 2 will include basketball courts and adult lap pool.

Commercial development in Westlake is also well under way. Most recently, the City approved a 91-acre private college preparatory school and sports academy with the first phase of construction set to begin in January of 2020. Adjacent to the school, Christ Fellowship Church has submitted plans to build a new 13-acre campus as it grows its ministry throughout Palm Beach County. FPL is finishing up construction on a new 400-acre solar energy center, while Palm Beach County will soon open a new fire station and district headquarters just off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. A new 7-11 gas station and convenience store is set to start construction in 2020.

Westlake is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North in the City of Westlake, on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern Blvd. and Northlake Blvd. For more information on the community call 888-299-3628 or visit www.WestlakeFL.com

About Minto Communities USA:
Minto Communities USA, based in Florida since 1978, has represented integrity, financial strength and enduring value for over 40 years. Minto builds exceptional new homes and communities to meet every lifestyle, with more than 25,000 new homes built in 48 communities. Minto is dedicated to continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. These are just some of the elements that set Minto apart as an exceptional homebuilder and community developer and have earned the company national recognition that includes consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys. Minto has been recognized with multiple national awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for community and home design, including Best Mixed-Use Community and Best Clubhouse for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida; Best Clubhouse for the Harbour Isle Beach Club in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida; and Best Sales Center for Westlake in the City of Westlake, Florida. Minto has earned multiple Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference for Westlake, including the 2018 Silver Award for Best Single-Family Residential Community.

Minto is also recognized throughout the homebuilding industry as an expert in developing active-adult communities. The NAHB named Minto as 2019's 55+ Builder of the Year and Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach as Best 55+ Community of the Year.

About Wellington Regional Medical Center:
Wellington Regional Medical Center is a 233-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. Celebrating more than 30 years of treating residents in Wellington and the surrounding community, the hospital offers a wide range of services, including comprehensive stroke care, comprehensive lung program, minimally invasive services, cardiac services, a birthing center and level III NICU, comprehensive women's center, hepatobiliary surgical procedures, intraoperative radiation therapy, interventional procedures and a wellness and weight loss center. To learn more about the hospital, please visit www.wellingtonregional.com