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History of Baptist Health South Florida

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, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties, with Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and more than 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities.​

Through these and other facilities, Baptist Health serves over a million patients 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 Miami 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. Baptist Hospital received the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for Quality in 1996. 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, fourth and fifth time in 2006, 2011 and 2017 respectively. Baptist Hospital is the eighth hospital in the world to receive a fifth consecutive designation in effect through 2021.

Bethesda Hospital East
Bethesda Hospital East has been serving the community since 1959. It offers a full array of healthcare services, including the Bethesda Heart Hospital for the most comprehensive level of cardiovascular services, general, vascular and endovascular surgery, maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, women's health services and the Bethesda Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Bethesda Hospital West
Bethesda Hospital West provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical services, with state-of-the-art technology that incorporates environmentally sound practices.

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. One of Baptist Health’s Centers of Excellence, Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, was established at Doctors Hospital. The Institute, which provides sports medicine services for the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Miami HEAT, Florida International University athletics, Orange Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl, Miami-Dade County Public Schools athletics, Miami Open Tennis and Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, is trusted by professional athletes to get them back in top form. The Institute is comprised of Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians who are recognized locally, nationally and internationally as leaders in orthopedics and the care of athletes and treatment of sports injuries.

Fishermen's Community Hospital
In July of 2017, Fishermen's Community Hospital became part of Baptist Health. As relief efforts continue in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma, a temporary field hospital has been set up on the campus of Fishermen's Community Hospital in Marathon to care for the Keys community.

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.

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.

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, Pembroke Pines and West Palm Beach. Baptist Health Medical Plazas are neighborhood-centered and offer select healthcare services to meet your needs. Services include diagnostic imaging such as 3-D 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, surgical care at Northpoint Surgery Center in West Palm Beach.  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.​​