St. Josephs Hospital-North, part of BayCare Health System, opened Feb. 15 in Lutz, Fla., just north of Tampa. The hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, imaging and diagnostic facilities, and intensive care in an all-digital, state-of-the-art facility. The full-service emergency department includes 30 private rooms for adult and pediatric patients. A fast-track area provides expedited treatment for minor emergencies. The first emergency patient arrived within the first hour of opening at 7 a.m.
Each of the 108 patient rooms including those in the ICU and others in the observation unit is a private suite that includes a full bathroom and accommodations for an overnight guest.
The facilitys design helps caregivers provide the best patient experience available, according to a news release. One example is the hallway lighting in which ceiling lights are aimed toward side walls rather than directly down in the face of patients on stretchers. The evidence-based design is featured throughout the $225 million, 350,000-square-foot hospital.
The facility was designed to allow natural light to filter in as much as possible, according to the release. Noise reduction features, such as carpeted hallways, noise-absorbing ceiling tiles and glass sound barriers, were used to prevent sleep disruption and add to the therapeutic design.
Also, the design ensures that caregiver walking distances do not exceed 60 feet from patient rooms, which enhances other safety measures such as preventing patient falls and medical errors.