J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower Opens in December
November 17, 2012 | Jacksonville, Florida
Baptist Health offered the residents of North Florida and South Georgia a preview of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower at a Community Open House held on November 17. Employees will begin moving into the new tower in late November and early December, and patients will begin receiving care there on December 8, 2012; the first surgeries in the new tower are scheduled for December 10, 2012.
Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health, says, "After 18 months of construction, we are excited the day has finally arrived when we officially open the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower. This expansion not only changes the face of the Jacksonville skyline, but significantly enhances our ability to grow with our community and our region, both now and in the future, to meet the healthcare needs of the patients we serve in North Florida and South Georgia."
Boasting 339,404 square feet of space, the new 11-story tower features state-of-the-art surgical suites with intra-operative imaging capabilities and 167 beds in private patient rooms, each comprised of 300 square feet of space to accommodate family-centered care. Contractors for the $200 million structure include the architectural firm Stanley Beaman & Sears, construction management by Batson-Cook, Inc. and engineering by Tilden Lobnitz Cooper.
Highlights of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Tower include:
Expanded Children's and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services
The tower includes a new pediatric behavioral health unit that is expanding in program scope and size due to the $10 million endowment of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, which creates a perpetual funding source for behavioral health programs for children, adolescents and young adults. In addition, The Women's Board of Wolfson Children's Hospital has made a gift of $4 million to expand the size and support facilities for the Larry J. Freeman Behavioral Health Center, which includes a new 11-bed unit providing inpatient and outpatient pediatric mental health services.
State-of-the-Art Neurosurgical and Cardiovascular Surgical Suites
On the second floor, operating suites for both pediatric and adult neurosurgery feature the latest generation of intra-operative MRI and CT image guidance. Intraoperative imaging enables neurosurgeons to see the brain more precisely, particularly when removing a tumor of the brain or spine, and helps them determine whether or not they have removed the entire tumor. If neurosurgeons see remaining tumor cells, they can continue the procedure until they have removed as much of the tumor as possible, reducing the likelihood that the patient will have to undergo a second surgical procedure with anesthesia.
Baptist Neuroscience Institute
The tower will feature the Baptist Neuroscience Institute, with expanded, comprehensive services in stroke and cerebrovascular care, minimally invasive spine surgery, and neuro-oncology (brain and spine cancer) care. Our team of neurologists and neurosurgeons offers a collaborative approach to patient care with a focus on the patient and family experience. Four floors of the new patient care tower will be dedicated to the care of neuroscience patients, including an operative suite with intra-operative MRI and CT capabilities, a 12-bed neurointensive care unit, a 24-bed neuromedical unit, and a 12-bed neuro-progressive care unit.
New Children's Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Center
On the fourth floor is the new Wolfson Children's Hospital cancer treatment center, funded by the Cancer Care Cooperative with a gift of $1.5 million. The new center provides HEPA-filtered air in every room and in hallways for maximum purity, minimizing the risks to patients of infections while they have compromised immune systems from chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant. The center combines high-tech with the most family-centered suites for comfort of both the child and their parents.
A new adult 24-bed oncology unit in the tower features much larger rooms, each with a sofa/pull-out bed to accommodate family members, and streamlined laminar flow capabilities. This is the ideal environment for immunosuppressed patients who have received intensive chemotherapy.
Large Patient Rooms
The 300-square-feet patient rooms located throughout the tower are approximately twice the size of the original patient rooms built in 1955 and are designed around the philosophy of family-centered care, which supports family presence and participation in care and decision-making.
Design principles used include warm, inviting colors and textures, easy-to-read signage; comfortable seating; ample room for relatives at the bedside; use of artwork and windows to create peaceful, healing spaces and placement of equipment and information technology to support staff in collaborating with patients and families. A total of with 59 pediatric beds and 108 adult beds move to the new tower.
An impressive light sculpture, entitled "Walking into Joy," created by the internationally renowned artist Stephen Knapp is featured inside the main lobby. A variety of art pieces located throughout the tower are created by local artists.
Additional Campus Improvements
With the opening of the tower, patients and visitors will also notice streetscape and traffic improvements throughout the campus. Parking for the new tower is available in the P1 Garage.