TAMPA – It is a place where there will be thousands of new beginnings plus an immeasurable number of grateful women and their family members, all at various stages of their lives.
Such was the message expressed by Dr. Peter Bath, vice president of mission and human resources at Florida Hospital Tampa, who welcomed guests and delivered the invocation at the hospital’s grand opening celebration of the newly expanded Women’s Health Pavilion.
The free-standing facility includes a new lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows to optimize the natural outdoor light, pre-admission testing rooms, ultrasound suites, a lactation consultation room, a pediatric waiting area, an Internet café, a gift shop and an outdoor garden.
There is also a mandatory security check-in site as well as 24-hour monitored elevators, a patient and family conference room that also serves as an area for support group meetings and a chapel that is open around the clock.
“We’re excited about this beautiful facility,” said John Harding, Florida Hospital Tampa president and CEO. “It is important that we make a new commitment to provide health wellness, wholeness and healing in this community.”
The three-phase renovation project also includes building a natural birthing center, refurbishing patient rooms and constructing a new emergency department that will include 48 private patient rooms. All the undertakings should be completed by fall.
Improvements are also being made to the exterior and interior of the main hospital. In total more than 54,000 square feet will be added to the campus’s footprint and the projects have created approximately 275 new full and part-time job positions.
The total capital expenditure is estimated at $53 million.
“We are proud to make this investment in our community,” said John Negley, executive director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation. “We believe these three major construction projects will help us elevate healthcare in Tampa Bay.”
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