Lake Nona Institute Partners with Florida Hospital to Advance Health and Wellness Initiatives

Patient at Wellness Check Up

Fla., ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 26, 2018 — Today, the Lake Nona Institute, the nonprofit organization of Tavistock Development Company that aims to inspire healthy, sustainable communities of the future, announced a partnership with Florida Hospital to further advance its health and wellness initiatives within Tavistock’s innovative, best-selling Orlando community, Lake Nona. Lake Nona is home to one of the fastest-growing health and life sciences clusters in the nation and is recognized as a global model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community according to the Global Wellness Institute.

The Lake Nona Institute is researching and analyzing information on human, physical, and environmental elements in real-time to better understand the interaction and effects of the built environment and lifestyle behaviors on human wellbeing. Through the partnership, Florida Hospital will participate in several of Lake Nona’s current health and wellness research initiatives, including:

· Lake Nona Impact Forum, an annual thought leadership forum that aims to unlock innovation, advance quality of life and move the needle on health care, globally · Lake Nona Life Project, a groundbreaking, multi-generational study that focuses on better understanding communities and the factors that lead to better overall health · WHIT, Lake Nona’s Wellness Home built on Innovation and Technology, that serves as an incubator for development of forward-thinking home health technologies

“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Florida Hospital on our promising research projects, and look forward to the many collaborative opportunities that will arise with our innovative partners – all of whom have come to Lake Nona to push the limits and make a lasting, positive impact so that we many all have a chance at a better, healthier tomorrow,” said Gloria Caulfield, executive director of the Lake Nona Institute.

Known for its culture of innovation and collaboration, Lake Nona is globally recognized as a ‘living lab’ with multiple onsite initiatives and organizations whose common goal is to improve our overall health and wellbeing. Florida Hospital joins this notable group of innovators, including Cisco, Delos, GE, GuideWell Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, Siemens, and Technogym.

Florida Hospital is known for its spirit of innovation and enthusiastic collaboration with many partners to improve the health of our community, and to transform the way that health care is delivered. Florida Hospital looks forward to adding its HelloWell platform to the health-care innovations on display at the WHIT house. In addition, Florida Hospital will be deeply involved with the Life Project, which aligns with the organization’s focus on adopting healthy habits, the importance of preventive care and population health. Florida Hospital was pleased to participate in last year’s forum and will do more in 2018.

“We are honored to join a prestigious group of partners who have committed to advance health and wellness. Together with our resources and complementary initiatives, we believe we will change the future of health care, and create a healthier future for generations to come in this living lab Tavistock has built from scratch at Lake Nona,” said Rick Wassel, vice president, Strategic Innovation and Partnering for the Florida Division of Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital.

About Florida Hospital

Founded in 1908 by pioneering Seventh-day Adventists who believed in whole-person health — healing the body, mind and spirit — Florida Hospital has grown into one of the largest nonprofit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year. It is a member of Adventist Health System, which operates 45 hospitals in nine states, making it one of the largest faith-based health care systems in the United States. In greater Orlando, Florida Hospital serves both as a community hospital and as a major tertiary referral hospital for the region, much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America. Florida Hospital provides a range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurosciences, diabetes, orthopedics, pediatrics, transplant and advanced surgical programs.

About Lake Nona Institute

The Lake Nona Institute is a nonprofit, community-focused organization that incubates, activates and measures the impact of innovative technologies and programs that can become global models for building healthy, sustainable and inspired communities. At its core, the Lake Nona Institute believes that individuals in the social context of a community can and do have a profound impact on health and wellness. For more information, visit

About Lake Nona

Orlando’s Lake Nona is one of the fastest-growing communities in America with more than 10 million square feet of world-class residential and commercial facilities. Adjacent to Orlando International Airport, the large-scale, master-designed community is home to thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, world-class education facilities, a Health and Life Sciences Cluster, a Sports and Performance District highlighted by USTA’s New Home of American Tennis – the largest tennis facility in the world, diverse work spaces, recreational facilities, retail centers, and entertainment venues encompassing the best Orlando has to offer with all the conveniences of a dynamic, vibrant community. Driven by a long-term vision, Lake Nona is committed to building an innovative community that inspires human potential whilst being focused on sustainable design, healthy living, and groundbreaking gigabit fiber optic technology.

A smart and connected community, Lake Nona is wired for the future, providing a no-limits foundation for individuals and companies to thrive. For more information, visit