This spring, Baptist Health will begin construction of a new seven-story building, featuring a five-floor Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower.

When completed in early 2021, the new building will serve as the new front entrance to both Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, which provides our region with highly specialized tertiary and quaternary services, including pediatric trauma care.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin said that the new Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower will include a high-level 75-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Center as well as a 26-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The Neonatal Intensive Care Center will be comprised of three separate units, replacing the current 56-bed Level II and Level III Newborn ICUs at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

The new Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) will provide a 25-percent increase in beds and the new PICU will increase its number of beds by 30 percent. These added beds will bring the hospital’s total to 272, making Wolfson Children’s Hospital the second-largest children’s hospital in Florida. Wolfson Children’s is the only full-service children’s hospital in North Florida and South Georgia, and provides the region’s only Neonatal Surgical Center.

The new Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower will integrate with Baptist Jacksonville’s high-risk obstetrics and neonatal delivery center for seamless continuity of care, and will feature:

  • Private patient/family NICU suites with space to comfortably sleep two parents, full showers and bathrooms, separate parent wardrobes, and a unique room on each floor for the joint care of mothers.
  • State-of-the-art equipment and technology.
  • Rooms designed to encourage family involvement with patients, which is proven to promote quicker healing, recovery and growth, and ultimately lead to earlier discharges home.
  • Windows in every patient room, allowing for natural light.
  • Entertainment/education systems so parents can access our extensive learning library of information on care for their child and enjoy distraction from stress.

Services provided at Wolfson Children’s Hospital are provided primarily by pediatric physician specialists with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville and Emergency Resources Group.