Florida Hospital Tampa is elevating health care for the Tampa Bay community with the expansion of the Women’s Health Pavilion and the creation of a new Emergency Department.
The free-standing Women’s Health Pavilion officially opened its doors to the community on Monday, January 13. The comfortable and nurturing environment includes dedicated women’s entrance, new lobby, pre-admission testing rooms, ultrasound suites, lactation consultation room, pediatric waiting area, Internet café, gift shop, outdoor garden and chapel. The Women’s Health Pavilion requires security check-in for all visitors and there will be 24-hour security-monitored elevators for any visitors who are visiting a patient on the second and third floors. The new entrance and lobby were designed to create as much natural light as possible while creating a comfortable and nurturing space for both patients and visitors. Light and nature are important elements for patient healing, and the hospital has placed special planters with trees on the roof so patients can see nature from the window of their rooms.
“Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality health care while creating a safe environment that optimizes healing for our patients. The new Women’s Health Pavilion provides a new level of personalized care and is dedicated to women throughout all stages of their lives. With a renewed commitment to women’s health, the opening of the new Women’s Health Pavilion wraps up phase one of the projects. Phase two includes renovating patient rooms and building a new natural birthing center.
These projects are already underway and they are scheduled to be completed in 2014,” said John Harding, CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa.
The Women’s Health Pavilion is just one of a number of positive changes happening at Florida Hospital Tampa. The hospital is also building a new full-service Emergency Department (ED), expected to open in the Fall of 2014.
The new ED is designed to create a better patient experience by improving patient flow and reducing emergency room wait times. The new adult and pediatric ED will include 48 all-private and spacious treatment rooms with special accommodations for family members. A new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Tower is also being built directly above the new ED, which will significantly expand the number of ICU beds. Florida Hospital Tampa recently opened a “15-minute Fast Track” in the existing ED, which is dedicated to minor emergencies like cuts and sprains, allowing patients to be seen quicker and get home faster.
Beyond the expansion of The Women’s Health Pavilion and the new Emergency Department, Florida Hospital Tampa has been making improvements to the exterior and interior of the main hospital. The construction projects are expected to add a total of 54,000 square feet to the footprint of Florida Hospital Tampa. The project is estimated to be a $53-million dollar capital investment and has created approximately 275 full and part-time positions.
“We are proud to make this investment in our community. We believe these three major construction projects will help us elevate healthcare in Tampa Bay. This is an exciting time at Florida Hospital Tampa. Our hospital will remain fully operational during the construction phase,” said John Negley, Assistant Vice President overseeing construction at Florida Hospital Tampa.
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