Darin Roark named first administrator of Baptist Clay Medical Campus
November 11, 2013 | Jacksonville, FL
Darin Roark, BSN, MBA, RN, has been promoted to serve as the administrator in charge of the Baptist Clay Medical Campus.
Roark joined Baptist Health in 2012 as an assistant administrator overseeing all emergency centers in the health system. He will maintain oversight of the six emergency centers, but will also be the key leader for Baptist Clay, continuing to build partnerships in the community and make families aware of the new health care option that opened in May 2013.
“Darin’s enthusiasm and commitment to quality care make him the ideal choice to lead our efforts to provide connected, convenient care in Clay County,” Baptist Health Chief Operating Officer John Wilbanks said. “We are listening to the needs and desires of the community when it comes to expanding our services in Clay County and Darin has already begun leading and facilitating those conversations.”
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Roark was director of Emergency Services at Orange Park Medical Center from 2009-2012. Previously, Roark held leadership and nursing positions in hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. He began his career in business and went back to school to move into health care, earning his Bachelor of Science in nursing from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1999. Roark later earned his master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University in 2007.
The Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center opened in May 2013 and is a 24/7 hospital emergency center with separate waiting and treatment areas for children and adults.
It is staffed by the same emergency medicine physicians who provide care at the four Baptist Health adult hospitals and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Pediatric emergency physicians with Wolfson Children’s Hospital treat children during peak hours.
“Families of the children we have taken care of in the Baptist Clay emergency center often talk about the peace of mind they have now with Wolfson Children’s Hospital physicians right in their backyard,” said Anthony Pohlgeers, MD, chief of staff for Wolfson Children’s Hospital and a Pediatric emergency medicine physician who often works at Baptist Clay. “Childhood emergencies occur unexpectedly; having Wolfson doctors right around the corner is very important for these children and is also comforting to their parents and families.”
Diagnostic and imaging services available at the Baptist Clay Medical Campus include CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, bone density and laboratory tests. Imaging exams for children are provided by radiologic technologists specially trained to provide the smallest radiation dose possible for an accurate diagnosis and safe experience. Images are read by pediatric radiologists at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The three-story medical office building next door to the Emergency Center, Imaging & Diagnostics includes the Wolfson Children’s Specialty Center on the first floor, with specialty services provided by Wolfson Children’s Rehabilitation, along with partners from Nemours Children’s Clinic, Fleming Island, and the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville.
“The families I’ve spoken with are thrilled to have us here and aren’t shy about telling us what other services they’d like to see here. That’s what we want to hear,” Roark said. “We plan to continue to offer and participate in outreach events so we can be as accessible as possible in the community.”
Other medical offices in the building include Baptist Primary Care, Baptist Heart Specialists, Baptist Medical Center Cardiac Testing, Borland-Groover Clinic and Orange Park Pediatrics.
Physician offices opened throughout the spring and summer; Wolfson Children’s Specialty Center officially opened in September 2013 with a Community Open House and Tours.
“We strive to be a one-stop medical shop for all of a family’s needs in Clay County,” Roark said. “From emergency needs for both children and adults to diagnostic testing and primary and specialty care, families say Baptist Clay is a great new asset in their community.”
For more information about services for children and adults at the Baptist Clay Medical Campus, visit baptistclay.com