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Baptist Medical Center Starts $16 Million Maternity Suites Renovation

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville began a $16 million renovation of the maternity suites at its Downtown campus and expects completion in early 2020.

“Now at Baptist Jacksonville, we’ll have a redesigned space for our moms and families that’s as impressive as our state-of-the-art care,” said Michael Mayo, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville hospital president, in a news release to our Jacksonville Daily Record News partner.

The center is at 800 Prudential Drive on the Downtown Southbank.

A family advisory group comprising mothers and expectant moms were central to the design process to determine what features and amenities in maternity suites were most important to young families, the hospital said.

Baptist said every maternity suite will provide a “serene, hotel-like environment with décor and amenities designed to enhance the patient and visitor experience.”

The rooms will be equipped with labor and delivery technology for mothers to have the option of “rooming-in,” which allows the baby to be cared for in the mother’s suite after birth. Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s neonatal care is nearby if needed.

Renovations include a redesigned entrance on the first floor for “seamless” check-in and evaluation as well as comprehensive renovations to include updated birthing suites, postpartum suites and a nursery.

Other features include multiple TVs in each suite to accommodate moms and their family members and visitors; sleeper sofas for family; furnishings designed to support maternal bonding and breastfeeding; private bathrooms; and doorbells with “soothing sounds” for room entry to prevent knocking.

The contractor is Haskell Co.