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The five-story tower has 80 private rooms and space for new services, including orthopedics, advanced gynecology, cardiology, gastroenterology, general and robotic surgery, neurology, spine health, colorectal, and urology. The expansion adds about 227,000 square feet to the campus in Winter Garden.

We are thrilled to bring inpatient services to the city of Winter Garden, said Kari Vargas, CEO of AdventHealth Winter Garden and the West Orange and South Lake market. Our commitment to our patients is to provide accessible, state-of-the-art care, and we are keeping that promise to our community.

The new inpatient tower will bring an estimated 400 medical and support jobs to the community. The completion of this project is the latest in a series of additions to the campus since the opening of the emergency room in 2016.

Providing care in a convenient location close to home is a key part of our mission, said Dr. Miles Bennett, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Winter Garden. We know that the presence and emotional support of loved ones during a hospital stay helps the healing process.

It is still dark outside when Elizabeth Ramirez gazes out the kitchen window, her morning cup of tea in hand. It is the dawn of a new day. As she steps outside and opens her car door, the action shifts into high gear, unfolding through the eyes of nurses, doctors, patients, transporters, teachers and students including glimpses of who they are beyond those roles.

Whether they are kissing a loved one goodbye before leaving for work or returning home at the end of the day to the welcoming hugs of their kids, team members current and future are the focus of AdventHealths brand-new pledge video. The Pledge is the companys commitment to team members, assuring them that they are seen, heard and valued.

That message is underscored in the narrators opening lines of The Pledge video, which began airing April 25 as a commercial on digital platforms like Hulu: This is a pledge to our AdventHealth team today and tomorrow. We are making a shift to a new standard of care for you. With the exception of the narrator, all the actors are actual AdventHealth team members. And striking just the right chord is background music provided by team members in the AdventHealth Orchestra.

I am so thankful for my job, Ramirez said. As the branch manager of retail services at AdventHealth East Orlando, Ramirez knows what its like to provide that extra measure of comfort to those who may visit the gift shop seeking some retail therapy. Four years ago, she was a frequent visitor to the shop in AdventHealth Orlando, where her daughter, who is now 6, spent 56 days undergoing surgeries for a heart defect.

Recently, after hearing a mothers story about her dying son, Ramirez held her hands and said a prayer for her. She thanked me and gave me the biggest hug. My heart felt so full of love and happiness, Ramirez said.

Kelly Bassett, senior nurse manager in AdventHealth East Orlandos ICU, can be seen brushing her 6-year-old daughters hair in the opening montage, and again when her daughter and 8-year-old son rush to greet her upon her return home. A viewer might wonder if its just good acting on her kids part or if she is always welcomed home in such a manner. Shockingly, thats exactly how it happens, and I treasure it every time, she said.

Bassett, who has spent all 13 of her nursing years in the family environment of AdventHealth East Orlando, believes that The Pledge will help her, as a leader, not only invite people to join the team but also retain current team members with all of the benefits that make this a great place to work.

For Bassett, those benefits include education assistance. I am AdventHealth through and through, she said. Having received both an associate and bachelors degree from AdventHealth University, Bassett is now working on her masters degree. I have been blessed not to have any student loans, she said, thanks to AdventHealths tuition assistance that has helped her get through college debt-free.

Work on The Pledge began in earnest last summer, when health care workers nationwide, worn and weary from COVID-19s unrelenting hold, were leaving their jobs in droves. The Pledge was based on the fact that AdventHealth, and the workplace in general, was shifting and it was essential to understand what is most important for team members now.

We decided to launch an Employer Brand campaign that would align with the overall brand promise of feel whole, said Stephanie Mellenberndt, senior manager of corporate marketing/brand operations for AdventHealth.

Our team members are the very heart of our organization, and we value their dedication to those we serve, said Olesea Azevedo, chief people officer for AdventHealth. Based on what our team members have told us is most important to them, we have been making changes to our benefits and offerings over the past couple of years. In focus groups, on surveys and more, we have heard what they are looking for in the workplace and we have pledged to care for them, physically, mentally and spiritually.

It is easy for a company to make empty promises, Bassett said. But AdventHealth backs up those promises with action and truly makes this the best place to learn, work and grow. As for the on-camera acting experience, Bassett, for one, doesnt expect to leave nursing to pursue a full-time acting career. However, Bassett said her daughter has been bitten by the acting bug.

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