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 LOCATION Miami, Florida

The West Kendall Baptist Hospital is the first new hospital built in Miami-Dade County in over thirty-five years, and is a centerpiece of a new urban town center located in the westernmost part of the county, occupying 30 acres. The 290,000 sq. ft. facility is designed to withstand Category 5 hurricane winds, with built-in expansion capabilities, and the 133-bed facility is conceptualized to expand to 300 beds. Conceived as a hotel providing medical services, the public areas are segregated from the patient and service core, creating public spaces that are used for both public access to the medical services area and by the community at large.

The perimeter public mall on the first floor overlooks the landscaped gardens and is accessed through the two-story atrium lobby, creating the approach to the outpatient functions, such as diagnostic and ambulatory surgery. The first floor houses the major medical departments with ideal adjacencies created for patient treatment and staff efficiency. The vertical circulation core directs the visitor to the upper floors where all the patient rooms are located, and were designed to be patient-centric and readily accessible by the nursing staff.

The hospital is LEED-Gold certified and selected by Soliant Health as fourth in the 2011 Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.