Baptist Health and Wolfson Children's Emergency Center and outpatient imaging center opens at new Baptist North Medical Campus
Access to affordable and quality health care is of great importance to The Rev. Jeffrey Rumlin, pastor of The Dayspring Church, considering his church has more than 500 members and a year-round day care program.
He even has a health ministry that includes providing exercise classes and blood pressure screenings, among other needs. So he was elated when he heard Baptist Health is opening a medical campus down the street at Interstate 295 and Dunn Avenue, which he calls a "tremendous plus" for the community.
Residents in north Jacksonville now have specialized pediatric and adult emergency services and outpatient imaging services closer to home with the opening Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at 7 a.m. of the Baptist/Wolfson Children's Emergency Center.
The 16-bed emergency center at the new Baptist North Medical Campus, located at 11250 Baptist Health Drive, houses two centers under one roof – the Baptist Emergency Center and the Wolfson Children's Emergency Center. Each center will have eight exam rooms and the dedicated rooms on the Wolfson Children's side are specially designed to meet the unique needs of children.
"The Northside has always been very important to our health system's mission of serving the community, not only through hospital-based services but also primary and outpatient specialty care and community-based programs," said Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health. "As our region has continued to grow, we saw a need for emergency care close to home for children and adults living in north Jacksonville. The Baptist North Medical Campus is a natural extension of our efforts to benefit the community and promote healthy living. We will provide convenient access to medical care and healthy resources for the entire family."
The Wolfson Children's Emergency Center features a kid-friendly waiting area and has specialized equipment to meet children's unique needs. The children's emergency center includes physicians board certified in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine. Wolfson Children's Hospital team members, along with physicians and specially skilled pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and radiologic technologists, handle all types of illnesses and injuries, whether minor or life-threatening occurring in children.
Key advantages of this Wolfson Children's Emergency Center are that it is affiliated with the only full-service pediatric hospital system in the region, Wolfson Children's Hospital, which means the pediatric emergency team works with pediatric radiologists who understand the development of children's bones and growth when interpreting all pediatric X-ray images.
Pediatric pharmacists are available to consult on medication management and dosage with physicians at the new Emergency Center, which is critically important in children. Pediatric emergency patients, who require a higher level of care, will have direct access to Wolfson Children's more-than-240 pediatric physician specialists representing 30-plus pediatric medical and surgical specialties.
The Baptist and Wolfson Children's Emergency Center at the Baptist North Medical Campus is 34,000 square feet and offers the same 24/7 level of care as found in a hospital emergency department. A full complement of diagnostic services is available for adult and pediatric emergency patients, including a full-service laboratory, CT scanner, ultrasound, X-ray and emergency medical transport with on-site ambulance and LifeFlight helipad.
If a patient needs to be admitted to a hospital for further treatment after an evaluation, the center offers easy access to inpatient services at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Wolfson Children's Hospital.
The center also includes complete outpatient imaging and diagnostic services for patients needing lab, ultrasound, CT and other imaging needs. MRI services will begin in early November.
A three-story, 60,000-square-foot Medical Office Building, will open in February 2017. In addition to primary care and specialist physicians' offices, the Medical Office Building will feature a YMCA on the first floor with a specific focus on wellness for the entire family. Residents will also have access at no charge to a Healthy Living Center, a collaborative effort between Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida's First Coast similar to four others at Ys in the Jacksonville area. The centers help individuals and families lead healthier lives through classes and programs promoting exercise, nutrition, heart health and stress reduction.
As a special gift to the community, a quarter mile, paved walking trail will circle around the Medical Office Building providing wheelchair and stroller accessibility.
When complete, the Baptist North Medical Campus is estimated to cost about $36 million.
"The Baptist North Medical Campus will ultimately become a one-stop destination for a wide variety of care to meet the ongoing health care needs of our community," said John Wilbanks, Baptist Health's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We feel fortunate to be able to integrate a focus on health education, disease prevention and wellness through our partnership with the Y, in collaboration with other community partners."
Pastor Rumlin, whose church is located on Dunn Avenue about a mile from the Baptist North Medical Campus, said he has members who live in north Jacksonville, Callahan and other areas of Nassau County.
"Baptist is getting in on the ground level of growth in north Jacksonville. It's great to have this convenience of Baptist nearby," Rev. Rumlin said. "Everyone needs access not only to affordable health care, but to quality services. For years, residents of north Jacksonville have felt somewhat neglected as you look at economic and service growth. But now we see community partners such as Baptist investing on this side of town. My hope and prayer is that residents in this community take full advantage of this opportunity."
For more information, go to www.baptistjax.com/north.