Baptist Health began construction on a new freestanding Baptist & Wolfson St. Augustine Emergency Room & Imaging Center to provide additional health care services to the fast-growing area of St. Johns County.
The 8.5-acre property, which Baptist Health originally purchased in May 2021, is located on I-95 and State Road 16 at 461 Outlet Mall Boulevard in St. Augustine.
“There’s been a lot of excitement about this new facility from St. Augustine residents following the original purchase in 2021,” said Matthew Zuino, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health. “Baptist Health has always been committed to meeting the health care needs of residents in St. Johns County and this is one important part of that strategy.”
The 23,879-square-foot emergency center features two emergency centers under one roof –Baptist Emergency Center for adults and Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center, designed specifically for patients ages 0 to 17. In addition, with the opening of this campus, families in St. Johns County will have easier access to the specialized pediatric care of Wolfson Children’s, the only full-service children’s hospital in the region and the only state-designated Pediatric Trauma Center in Northeast Florida.
The emergency facility will have an adjoining imaging center for outpatient imaging, equipped with the latest technology to provide X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, mammography and bone density screenings.
The Baptist & Wolfson St. Augustine Emergency Room & Imaging Center is expected to open in fall 2024.
The building is designed with opportunities for expansion as the community’s health needs grow. Potential expansion areas include 5,000 square feet on the south end of the emergency department and up to 70,000 square feet of physician office or outpatient procedural space to the north.