South Miami Hospital is expanding to better serve the community

By Shannon Johns….

Swift, high-tech care will be provided in the new South Miami Hospital Emergency Center, Surgical Services and imaging area.

South Miami Hospital is expanding and renovating its Emergency Center, Surgical Services and imaging area in order to provide the very best patient care to the community. Construction on the $75 million hospital expansion began in July 2010 with a projected opening within the next three years.

On the first floor of the two-story project, the new Emergency Center will nearly double in size, increasing its total number of treatment rooms from 21 to 40. Swift, high tech care will be provided to walk-in patients with minor emergencies and illnesses in the new six-bed Minor Care area. The Center will also feature modern, private rooms, new triage positions, 16 beds for emergency treatment and a 12-bed clinical decision unit to help reduce patient wait time.

Imaging Services will be located adjacent to the Emergency Center and will have room for a new CT scanner and inpatient waiting area.

Above the Emergency Center on the second floor, the Surgical Services will expand to 16 state-of-the-art surgical suites. Surgical Services also will consist of 36 pre- and post-procedure rooms and a new Central Sterile Processing area.

Lincoln Mendez, South Miami Hospital’s chief executive officer, said, “We are keeping pace with our busy and growing community. Our new, state-of-the-art facility will enhance the level of quality patient care delivered at South Miami Hospital.”

The existing Emergency Center will remain open during all phases of construction and will continue to provide the safe, quality care that the community has trusted for over half a century. Patients and visitors should follow the signs that will guide them to convenient parking and easy entry to the hospital.

South Miami Hospital is located at South Dixie Highway and SW 62 Avenue. It is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region.

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