Baptist Health

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This article is about a group of hospitals in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. For the Texas health group, see Baptist Health System.
Baptist Health of Northeast Florida
Baptist Health
Location Jacksonville, FL, USA
Care system Hospital
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, University of Florida College of Medicine--Jacksonville
Emergency department Pediatric and adult
Beds 1,101
Founded 1940s

Baptist Health, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a network of five hospitals, affiliated with 45 primary care offices located throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. All Baptist Hospitals, including Wolfson Children's Hospital[1] have the MAGNET designation.

This system is not affiliated with either Baptist Health in Arkansas or Baptist Health in Kentucky; the Baptist Health System in Texas; or with Baptist Health South Florida.


The original Baptist Memorial Hospital and Wolfson Children's Memorial Hospital in downtown Jacksonville were opened in 1955. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is the flagship hospital for Baptist Health, and Wolfson Children's Hospital is the region's only pediatric referral inpatient center.


Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville[edit]

In the early 1990s, the hospital's name was changed to Baptist Medical Center Downtown and the hospital is now called Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. The facility is a tertiary referral hospital in downtown Jacksonville on the south bank of the St. Johns River next to Interstate 95. Baptist Jacksonville provides services in cardiovascular, oncology (cancer) (including gynecological), women's health (including obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, ophthalmology, emergency care (including Life Flight air ambulance, a Children's Emergency Center and hyperbaric medicine), critical care medicine, bloodless surgery, pulmonary services (including an adult/pediatric sleep disorders center), pastoral care, radiology, rehabilitation and psychiatry/psychology. They also have the following regional referral centers: Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute (located in the Reid Medical Building) and Baptist Cancer Institute (located in San Marco).[2]

Baptist Heart Hospital[edit]

The area's only freestanding hospital for heart and vascular care, Baptist Heart Hospital is the centerpiece of Baptist Health's top-ranked heart and vascular program, home to more than 500 physicians, nurses and staff – all with specialized training in providing inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular and thoracic care.[3]

Baptist Nassau[edit]

A full-service hospital opened in Fernandina in 1942, relocating in the 1970s to Lime and South 18th Streets. In 1994, it was acquired by Baptist Health. The hospital converted to an electronic medical record system, one of a handful of community hospitals in the nation to do so.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital[edit]

Morris David Wolfson (father of Louis Wolfson), made a $500,000 donation in 1946 to create a children’s health care facility in Jacksonville. The facility opened in 1955 as a wing in the Baptist Memorial Hospital with 50 beds and gradually grew to the point that the decision was made in 1971 to consolidate the services into a separate facility with the name, Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Pediatric healthcare partners include Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville. UF-Jacksonville's Pediatric Residency Program uses the hospital as its main pediatric teaching facility.[4] Wolfson Children's Hospital delivers specialized care to children from birth to age 18+ with a full range of needs, from routine to complex. Expanding their coverage further, Wolfson Children's Hospital has opened regional specialty centers in Fleming Island and Lake City, and will open centers in 2013 in Daytona Beach and Brunswick, Georgia.[5]

Baptist Beaches[edit]

Beaches Hospital originally opened in Jacksonville Beach in 1961 and was replaced by the First Coast Medical Center in November 1988. In 1992, Baptist Health bought the tax-supported facility and changed its name to Baptist Medical Center Beaches. Baptist Beaches combines the personalized care of a community hospital with the sophistication of a fulll-service medical center. Recently adding cardiac catheterization to its growing capabilities, Baptist Beaches provides the only 24-hour ER east of the Intracoastal Waterway.[6]

Baptist South[edit]

Baptist Medical Center South was Jacksonville's first hospital of the 21st century

To meet the expanding needs of southern Duval and St. Johns counties, Baptist South was constructed and opened in February 2005. In June 2007, construction began on a new patient care tower that further increased patient care capacity, including a Newborn Intensive Care Unit that is part of Wolfson Children's Hospital's services. In September 2011, Baptist South opened a new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab. The purpose of this new lab was to meet a growing need for immediate cardiac catheterization situations and to facilitate a diagnostic location used to evaluate or confirm the presence of heart disease, evaluate muscle function of the heart and determine the need for further treatment. Physicians are now able to perform diagnostic and interventional peripheral vascular catheterizations, as well as diagnostic cardiac catheterizations in the new lab. Baptist South has more than doubled in size since its opening to provide state-of-the-art health care to the southern Duval and northern St. Johns counties. Recent additions include minimally invasive robotic surgery and a dramatically expanded ER.[7]

Baptist Clay[edit]

Featuring a 24-hour freestanding Emergency Center for children and adults, Baptist Clay Medical Campus[8] in Fleming Island includes diagnostics and imaging and a three-story physician office building for convenience. The Baptist/Wolfson Children's Emergency Center opened at Baptist Clay on May 1, 2013, along with Diagnostics & Imaging at Baptist Clay (providing imaging for adults and children). The Wolfson Children's Specialty Center, which will include pediatric subspecialty medical services provided by Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville[9] and children's rehabilitation, was scheduled to open in September 2013 the physicians' offices, including Baptist Heart Specialists, will move into the Medical Office Building at Baptist Clay throughout the spring and summer of 2013.


In 1985, the Baptist Health Foundation was created to assist in fundraising.[10]


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