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History of Baptist Health


A Tradition of Caring
The dynamic blend of leading-edge medical care and old-fashioned commitment to the community is the strength and spirit of Baptist Health South Florida. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Baptist Health is South Florida's largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. Its network of services extends throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties with Baptist, Baptist Children's, South Miami, Homestead, Mariners, Doctors Hospitals and West Kendal Baptist Hospital; outpatient diagnostic and surgical facilities, such as the conveniently located Baptist Medical Plazas; and home health care services in the region.

Through these and other facilities, Baptist Health serves more than 100,000 people each year. Our distinctive pineapple logo, an age-old symbol of hospitality, reflects a patient-centered focus or warmth and welcome.

Baptist Health was created in 1990, but its tradition of medical excellence goes back decades.

Baptist Hospital
Baptist Hospital is a 728-bed facility located in the Kendall area of south Miami-Dade County, just 20 minutes from Miami International Airport. Founded in 1960, the hospital offers a wide range of medical, surgical and technological services. Today, the hospital is a major medical center, attracting patients from all over the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America and beyond. More than 32,000 people are hospitalized at Baptist each year; about 78,000 receive emergency care in our 24-hour Emergency Center and Children's Emergency Center. Also located on the campus are Baptist Children's Hospital and Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, as well as the Regional Cancer Program and the Diabetes Care Center.

More than 4,600 babies are born annually at the hospital's Family Birth Place, which has Level II and III Neonatal Intensive Care Units. In 1998, Baptist became the eleventh hospital nationwide to receive the "magnet" status for excellence in nursing care from the American Nurses Association. Baptist Hospital was re-awarded the magnet status for the third time in 2006. The four-year designation will remain in effect through 2010. Baptist also received the Florida Governor's Sterling Award for Quality in 1996.

South Miami Hospital
South Miami Hospital
also opened its doors in 1960, only five miles east of Baptist in the city of South Miami. This 460-bed hospital is accredited with a commendation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations, as are all Baptist Health hospitals. In 2004, the hospital was recognized as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a part of American Nurses Association.  

South Miami Hospital enjoys an excellent reputation for quality care in many areas, including services at its Diabetes Care Center and Regional Cancer Program. Its cardiovascular services, offers a comprehensive approach in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. That includes one of the first Heart Attack Units in Miami-Dade County, located in the hospital's Emergency Center.

South Miami Hospital's Addiction Treatment Program has received international recognition in the area of substance abuse treatment, a service offered in both English and Spanish.

The Child Development Center provides a wide range of developmental services to infants and children. More than 4,200 babies are born annually at the Birth-Day Place which includes a Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. South Miami Hospital pioneered the use of advanced medical equipment, introducing the first CT scanner in south Miami-Dade County.

Homestead Hospital
Homestead Hospital
originally opened in 1940 off Krome Avenue as one of the first hospitals in Miami-Dade County.  Nearly 70 years later, a new Homestead Hospital opened on Campbell Drive (SW 312 Street) and SW 147 Avenue to serve a growing population.  The new hospital is three times the size of the former facility, and has the latest technology and equipment.  Natural light, soothing colors, plenty of open spaces and private rooms help create a warm and healing environment.  Serving the largest geographical area of any hospital in Miami-Dade, Homestead Hospital is the only hospital located in the lower 18th-mile radius of the county.  The 142-bed hospital cares for 10,000 admissions and 55,000 emergency visits a year.  It offers medical-surgical units, an intensive care unit with eICU LifeGuard, surgical services, and sophisticated outpatient diagnostic testing that includes digital mammography, MRI and CT scanners. The 24-hour Emergency Center has 44 private treatment rooms, including a trauma room and a Children’s Emergency Room.  More than 1,200 babies are born each year in the hospital’s Birthing Suites. A Medical Arts Building is located inside the main hospital and houses physicians’ offices.

Mariners Hospital
Mariners Hospital
, a 42-bed hospital located in the Upper Keys in Tavernier, opened its doors in 1962. Baptist Health built a brand new Mariners Hospital that took care of its first patients February 18, 1999. The hospital had nearly 1,000 admissions in fiscal year 2008, and provided emergency services for more than 10,000 patient's visits.

Doctors Hospital
Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral Gables, is a 281-bed acute care facility that has provided high-quality medical care since 1949. Doctors Hospital is recognized for its services in orthopedics, neurosurgery, sports medicine, general surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, urology and women's health. Its nationally recognized Sports Medicine program serves the Florida Marlins and the Miami Heat, as well as collegiate teams from Florida International University. The Miami neuroscience team at Doctors Hospital developed the first Gamma Knife program in the state of Florida. Since 1993, it has been a leader in neurological patient care serving patients from the United States and abroad. There were about 7,500 patient admissions and 18,500 emergency room visits in 2008.

West Kendall Baptist Hospital
West Kendall Baptist Hospital, which opened for patient care on April 27, 2011, is a teaching hospital with surgical, emergency, maternity and diagnostic units. The hospital represents the first completely new, non-replacement hospital built in Miami in more than 35 years. The hospital was designed to be able to grow with the needs of the community. Located on a 30-acre property in the Kendall Town Center, at SW 162 Ave. and 96th Street, the four-story, 282,000-square-foot facility accommodates 133 licensed acute care inpatient beds and private patient rooms.

Baptist Outpatient Services
Baptist Outpatient Services is committed to bringing top-quality healthcare services to the community, all at our convenient locations in Kendale Lakes, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, University Centre (Coral Gables), West Kendall, Brickell, Country Walk, Doral, Miami Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Tamiami Trail, Westchester, Sawgrass (Sunrise), Weston, Coral Springs, Davie and Pembroke Pines. Baptist Medical Plazas are neighborhood-centered and​ offer select healthcare services to meet your needs. Services include diagnostic imaging such as digital mammography, ultrasound, CT, MRI, digital X-ray and PET/CT. Urgent care is offered at some of the centers for the treatment of minor emergencies. For patients seeking premier outpatient surgical care, the Medical Arts Surgery Centers on the campuses of Baptist and South Miami Hospitals are used by more than 100 surgeons. Patients can also receive expert, compassionate care in the comfort of their homes. Our fully licensed and accredited team at Baptist Health Home Care helps patients continue the recovery process after a hospital admission. If time is an issue, our Executive Health and Wellness program is available to cater to busy individuals. All centers are fully accredited by The Joint Commission and follow rigorous quality standards.