Demolition is slated to be done by summer.
Demolition of the former Florida Hospital Oceanside property — which once housed the only emergency room on the beachside peninsula — began on Monday, Jan. 7.
“It will be a process," AdventHealth spokeswoman Lindsay Cashio said. "The entirety of the process should take several months.”
She said demolition should be completed by this summer. The hospital has been shuttered since Hurricane Irma damaged it in 2017. It was originally scheduled to be reopened by spring of this year.
Cashio said AdventHealth, formerly known as Florida Hospital, has developed an "environmentally conscientious" demolition plan to ensure that recyclable items stay out of landfills and are repurposed when possible, such as copper piping. The company is working with Cross Construction Services, of Lutz.
AdventHealth listed the property for sale in October 2018 for $2.5 million. Cashio said the land measures just under four acres. AdventHealth will keep an estimated 2.44 acres.
Cashio said AdventHealth has not decided what to do with that land yet. An emergency room has been discussed in conversation, but no firm decision has been made. In the past few months, elected officials have voiced their desire to have an emergency room.
Cashio said that, no matter what is built on the land, AdventHealth is committed to the Ormond Beach community.
“It’s a community we’ve served for decades, and it’s a community we’ll continue to serve for years to come," Cashio said.
Without an emergency room, beachside peninsula residents could face a 20-minute trip to a hospital.
This story was updated at 6:04 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 to reflect the acreage AdventHealth will keep is 2.44. A previous version of this article stated AdventHealth would keep 2.844.