Inside look at new eight story patient tower at Baptist South

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Baptist Health Medical CenterSouth is making a major addition to their hospital's campus. On Saturday they opened part of their new eight-story patient tower, which will hold up to 407 more patients.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Baptist Health Medical CenterSouth is making a major addition to their hospital's campus. On Saturday they opened part of their new eight-story patient tower, which will hold up to 407 more patients.

The addition is an effort to keep up with the quickly growing population around Jacksonville.

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In the new labor and delivery unit, you will find improvements to the 45 "suites", including "the father bed", which is a pullout bed next to the window. The baby warmer is across the room, next to the mother's bed, allowing the whole family to stay close.

"Our maternity suites allow patients to labor, deliver and room in the same place the entire time they’re in the hospital," said hospital president Nicole Thomas.

It’s not just about more rooms, she said, it’s about more options being available.

"Cancer is the number one cause of death here in Duval County, and M.D. Anderson is doing something about it," Thomas said.

They’ve added a medical oncology unit. Along with it, a third MRI machine that can give better images than an x-ray, which Thomas said is vital to a quick diagnosis. They have new medical equipment that is designed to shrink cancer tumors, all while sparing the normal surrounding tissue for the patient.

For patients in waiting, they've created wider spaces, complete with artwork and a view to help ease nerves.

In the case of a most serious situation, in the wake of mass shootings across the country, Thomas says they are ready for anything.

"We will be prepared in the event of a horrific accident like that happening in Jacksonville."

Thomas says they are always preparing for every kind of emergency and that includes building on even more to their campus, if needed, in the future.