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Baptist Hospital Opening in West Kendall

2011-04-14_225929Scheduled to open for patient care on April 27, West Kendall Baptist Hospital will be a teaching hospital with surgical, emergency, maternity and diagnostic units. The hospital represents the first completely new, non-replacement hospital built in Miami in more than 35 years.

The hospital was designed to be able to grow with the needs of the community. Located on a 30-acre property in the Kendall Town Center, the four-story, 282,000-square-foot facility accommodates 133 licensed acute care inpatient beds and private patient rooms, and is expecting to receive 40,000 emergency room visits annually.

The hospital campus includes a freestanding, four-story, 63,000-square-foot building for physician offices with an outpatient diagnostic and imaging center on the first floor. This building is adjacent to the hospital.

Academic affiliation
Through a formal academic affiliation with the Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, West Kendall Baptist Hospital will be home to an accredited family practice residency program.

“We are very excited to open this new hospital. Our affiliation with the FIU College of Medicine will combine the high quality and service you have come to expect from Baptist Health hospitals with the cutting-edge practices you can only find at a teaching facility,” said Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, the recently appointed CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

Emergency Care Closer to Home
The emergency center will handle more than 40,000 visits annually. Today, about 7,000 patients per year travel from West Kendall to Baptist Health hospitals for inpatient care, and more than 21,000 West Kendall residents travel for emergency care. In addition, various Baptist Medical Plazas provided urgent care treatment to more than 16,500 West Kendall residents last year. The new hospital will make it easier for area residents to get to emergency care when time is of the essence.

Built to Withstand a Category 5 Hurricane
West Kendall Baptist Hospital was built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 180 mph. The building will be self-sustainable for a minimum of five days following a severe weather event.

Green Hospital
The hospital’s construction has incorporated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for environmental responsibility and sustainability.

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Posted April 15, 2011

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