Gresham Smith-Designed Hospice Unit Opens at Baptist Medical Center South

December 8, 2020

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that Community Hospice and Palliative Care’s new inpatient unit at Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, Florida, has opened its doors to patients. The 10-room, 7,500-square-foot facility will provide compassionate, around-the-clock care for patients with advanced illness and comfort for family members.

“We are honored to be a part of the expansion of the services provided at Baptist Medical Center South and to continue to introduce innovative solutions to the patients and families in this thriving community,” said Phillip Ward, President and Chief Executive Officer at Community Hospice & Palliative Care.

“For a patient moving into hospice care, comfort and convenience are crucial. Throughout our design process, we focused on creating a space that provides physical comfort and well-being, and ultimately a better quality-of-life,” said Joe Bucci, AIA, Senior Architect at Gresham Smith. “We’ve enjoyed continuing our partnership with Community Hospice and Palliative Care and look forward to the ways the new unit will serve the Jacksonville community for years to come.

The facility’s location within the hospital enables patients to seamlessly transfer from a hospital room to a hospice room, connecting the continuum of care. While part of the hospital, the unit looks distinctly different, using finishes such as wood floors, ceiling fans and residential interior doors to create a comfortable, home-like experience. The patient rooms, which are larger than typical hospital rooms, are each equipped with a pullout couch, desk, mini fridge and full-size bathrooms. Additionally, a family lounge with a kitchenette, laundry room, workstation and dining space add comfort and convenience for family members.

This project is a continuation of Gresham Smith’s relationship with Community Hospice and Palliative Care. The firm previously designed hospice units at Flagler Hospital, Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside, Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.