As the Tampa Bay area’s population grew over recent years, so did the demand for healthcare services. That increased demand signaled to Tampa General Hospital that it, too, must grow, and administrators called upon Gresham Smith to design a five-level, 364,000-square-foot addition to its facility. Located on the northwest side of the hospital, the Bayshore Pavilion addition addresses the hospital’s short- and long-term needs.

Providing a larger, more comfortable facility for mothers in labor and women undergoing gynecological surgical procedures, the Women’s Center occupies Bayshore Pavilion’s fourth floor. The Center includes 21 spacious labor and delivery suites designed to feel more like bedrooms and featuring soft colors, wooden cabinets that conceal medical equipment, and private bathrooms and showers. To enhance its spa-like theme, each room has a large window with expansive waterfront views, as well as ample space for family members and a large built-in sofa bed.

Gresham Smith’s design also comprises four OB surgical suites (for C-sections) that are large enough to accommodate multiple births; four GYN surgical suites; an ultrasound suite; an in vitro fertilization laboratory; 12 triage suites with space for in-the-womb surgery; a five-bed OB surgical recovery unit that supports family-centered couplet care; and two separate waiting areas—one for families of patients in labor, and one for families of patients undergoing surgery.

At approximately 4,600 square feet, the Women’s Center at Tampa General Hospital not only provides the extra space needed to expand the hospital’s services, but also offers a more nurturing and comfortable environment that encourages family involvement while meeting the high-tech requirements of modern medicine.


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