Anchor Health Properties, a healthcare real estate development, management and acquisitions company focused solely on medical facilities, recently announced the commencement of the development of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood in partnership with The Villages. It will be located within The Villages community in Central Florida.

The Center, a 285,000-square-foot multi-specialty building, will be connected to a 150-room hotel and conference center including a spa and Wolfgang Puck restaurant. The project is slated to break ground in early 2018 and will take approximately two years to construct.

More than 25 clinical specialists will be represented in the Center including a significant presence in oncology (radiation and medical oncology), imaging (MRI, CT, PET, etc.), ophthalmology, aesthetics (dermatology and plastic surgery), rehab and an ambulatory surgery center. Physicians caring for patients in cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, general urology, rheumatology and other specialties will all be part of The Villages Health.

Anchor Health Properties began working with The Villages Health in 2011 when the company helped to develop a new primary care model. Six years later, the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood development is an extension of the successful model of care.

The Center will be built on a site that is approximately 31 acres in The Villages Brownwood Paddock Square Town Center. It will also be accessible by golf cart, which is the preferred means of transportation for more than 120,000 existing residents of The Villages and the broader community.

The Brownwood Hotel and Spa, as well as a conference center, will be purposefully integrated with the Center. Connected by a common courtyard, the first level of the Center will be an active environment incorporating a retail pharmacy, lab, central registration, and education and resource center to aid in the coordination of care for patients as well as other complementary amenities. The surgery center will have a discreet exit out to a connector that leads to the hotel with a dedicated patient concierge, where patients can stay pre- or post-procedure if they choose.

The managing operator is AHC + Hospitality based out of Grand Rapids, Mich. The architect of record for the project is Earl Swensson Associates out of Nashville, Tenn.