14 December Baptist Clay opens new surgery center December 14, 2018 By Laura Pavlus Expansions and Relocations healthcare, life sciences, Baptist Medical, surgery center 0 Clay Today - by Nick Blank - December 5, 2018 - full article here Baptist Clay opens new surgery center FLEMING ISLAND – Baptist Health’s new $11.7 million ambulatory surgery center opened Tuesday with a celebratory ribbon-cutting. A crowd of about 50 toured the facility and the equipment and amenities offered. Darin Roark, vice president of Ambulatory Campuses and System Emergency Services, said the facility was for residents who want to stay in the county for surgeries. “We’ve been blessed to receive a tremendous reception from the people who live around this campus and through Clay County,” Roark said. “[The surgery center] is unlike anything in the area. Every aspect in the facility has been built to provide a better patient experience.” The center has two 600-square-foot surgical suites, with additional procedural rooms for minor surgeries such as colonoscopies and endoscopies. The center also has nine private rooms for families and a recovery area for patients immediately exiting surgery. Roark pointed to the lighting on the side of the ceiling, specifically to avoid disorienting patients. “As patients are wheeled from the recovery spaces and head back and forth to the operating suites, they won’t have to experience that light sensation you’ve all seen in the movies,” Roark said. “Those are the types of details we’ve looked at to the enhance the patient experience.” Mark Poon, Baptist Clay Outpatient Surgery manager, said the center was built specifically to serve the county. “There’s a lot of patients and they don’t want to drive across the bridge,” Poon said. “This is the place where we wanted to have a healing environment in the county. [Referring to the private rooms] Families don’t have to take the day off, they can stay in surgery center.” Baptist Health CEO Hugh Greene said his upcoming retirement gave him a chance to reflect on the beginning of Baptist Health in the county five years ago. “When I drive up here, I remembered when we were first looking at this property. We had community meetings and some citizens were concerned about noise from a helipad and visual distractions of the lights,” Greene said. “It was kind of speculative, but the community rallied behind it and we got the approval to build it. Fast forward to now and look what’s on this campus.” Greene said he would be present the next time Baptist Health had a ribbon-cutting in Clay County – for a hospital. Three years ago, a planned $80 million effort to add in-patient beds to the county was rejected by the state, due to certificate of need laws, which limit the number of new hospital beds depending on the population. “It’s just a question of timing of when that’s going to occur, and we add in-patient beds to the campus,” Greene said. Related Orange Park Medical Center Opens Level II Trauma Center Orange Park Medical Center opened its long-sought trauma center after receiving provisional status from the Florida Department of Health. For now, it’s the second trauma center serving the Northeast Florida region of Clay, Duval, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. UF Health Jacksonville has a Level I trauma center serving the region. Proposed Cecil Commerce Center Distribution Center Could Bring 1,200 More Jobs to the Region A proposed distribution center for Jacksonville’s Cecil Commerce Center would be the latest in a string of recent successes for the city (Jacksonville) as it develops land at the former naval air station. Small Business Development Center - Clay County Impact The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNF opened a full-time office in Clay County in early 2016. Since those first days in Clay, SBDC Consultant Annie Grogan has been hard at work providing support and consulting services to new and existing businesses. Clay's Defense Sector Continues to Strengthen - Welcome Fleet Readiness Center Southeast! 70+ High-wage defense sector jobs are coming to Wells Road in Orange Park of Clay County Florida. Trinity Fabricators of Green Cove Springs Produces Steel for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Green Cove Springs company is playing a key role in helping construct a $150 million building on the Southbank in Jacksonville. Clay looks to build economy on growing health care industry The growing health care industry in Clay County is key to its future economic development although manufacturing and distribution also have major roles to play, say officials helping county leaders chart a course for attracting and retaining sustainable businesses offering residents solid, well-paying jobs. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.