Baptist Clay Medical Campus - New Ambulatory Center and Freestanding Emergency Department

  • Stephan K. Gartman

    Stephan K. Gartman RA, LEED AP

    Principal Contact
Clay County, FL, United States of America
Baptist Health of Northeast Florida
With a desire to reach out specifically to young families, Baptist Health commissioned GS&P to design a 26,000-square-foot, freestanding emergency department and ambulatory center with dedicated care for pediatric cases, one of only seven such freestanding facilities in Florida.

The campus is home to Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center and a full service Adult Emergency Center. Distinct lobbies and waiting and exam rooms in the emergency department keep patient areas for children and adults separate. Along with emergent care, the new facilities provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services and on-site laboratory services, including CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, mammography and bone density tests. Dedicated medical equipment and imaging capabilities for children are also available. A precautionary stress and EKG test identifies life threatening arterial blockage that allows for early intervention, and a separate, discreet women’s diagnostic suite also provides greater privacy.  

Interior designers worked closely with the end users and purchasing department in order to integrate their workflows and specific equipment needs in a comforting environment. Deep burnt orange accents designate points of interest, aid in wayfinding, and create a bold statement as the patients and visitors arrive at the front lobby. Blonde maple wood tones were paired with soft blue-gray colors that intensify as patients arrive in pediatric zones. Furniture, finishes and light fixtures were also selected to create a more hospitality-like environment and create an inviting entry and waiting area.

Local architecture and natural surroundings inspired the overall aesthetic, which was carefully chosen to preserve the character of the surrounding residential community and adjacent medical office building. Shaded pedestrian paths connect back to the neighborhood, and a covered walk connects the ED/ Diagnostic Center with the medical office building. The team also engaged the community throughout the design process through workshops and meetings with local leaders and community organizations.

Clinical processes designed with LEAN principles incorporate multiple, adaptable patient pathways to increase the department’s functional longevity. The campus masterplan and overall design also account for anticipated growth through an expansion of the existing facility, the addition of ambulatory surgery, and ultimately the construction of a full community hospital. The master plan allows for the ambulatory center – which GS&P designed to hospital codes – to become part of a future hospital of approximately 100 beds as the emergency, imaging and diagnostic departments.

"This facility made new and innovative healthcare concepts and technologies available to local residents. Accessibility to preventative care and testing has had an immediate impact on the community."

Stephan K. Gartman, RA, LEED AP,
Senior Architect at GS&P
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