Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Baptist Plans Buildings for Southbank

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Baptist Plans Buildings for Southbank

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

In a significant development at its Southbank complex, Baptist Medical Center intends to almost double the size of its emergency department as well as build a clinical services center and a parking garage along the riverfront.

Baptist Health research analyst Chad Reece said yesterday that construction should start this fall and be completed in two years by the Jacksonville design-construction team of Cannon Design and The Haskell Co.

Reece said Baptist has not finalized a project cost.

Baptist intends to build the clinical services center at the end of Prudential Drive along the riverfront, next to the expanding emergency department. The parking garage is planned on the other side of the services center.

"All of this will tie together," Reece said.

Baptist intends to add about 17,000 square feet of space to the emergency department.

Next to that, the proposed four-story, 178,000-square-foot clinical services center will accommodate 88 acute-care beds that will be moved from the almost 50-year-old original hospital and also provide a 40-bed day-stay unit that now operates in The Pavilion building at the campus. Day-stay is the outpatient service for single-day procedures.

The parking garage will provide about 500 spaces.

The Southbank Baptist campus, at 800 Prudential Drive, comprises 1.16 million square feet of medical and office facilities, not including two parking garages, Reece said.

Reece said that the original hospital opened in 1955. Since then, it has been integrated into the expanding hospital complex, which includes The Pavilion and The Howard Building; the five-floor original hospital; Wolfson Children's Hospital; the eight-story adult hospital tower; a riverfront office building; a 1,200-space parking garage for visitors and another garage for staff. …

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