LAKELAND, Fla. — The Lakeland Regional Health Foundation in Lakeland is currently working on a new addition to the health campus — the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children — which is under construction on the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Campus. The new facility had a topping-off ceremony in Oct. 2016, and is projected to be complete spring of 2018. The new facility is named after the wife of the facility’s benefactor, given as a mother’s day naming gift in her honor.
The 300,000-square-foot building has a budget of $275 million, and will be located on the southern end of the medical campus. HuntonBrady Architects in Orlando is the architect on the project. The new facility addition was planned after extensive research was conducted on healthcare service needs in the area. The medical center’s goals for this facility are to work toward the eventual elimination of semi-private rooms as part of a longer-term master facility plan.
The eight-story building will have both inpatient and outpatient space once complete, and is intended to be a healthcare destination that will provide compassionate and family-centered care for children and women of all ages. The new facility will provide a full-service 33-bed pediatric emergency department with imaging services, 17 private suites for labor, delivery, recovery and high-risk antepartum services. Birthing suites will be designed to create maximum comfort for its patients and childbirth and other educational classes will be made available at the new facility. There will be a 30-bed pediatric floor, including 12-bed pediatric intensive care unit, with space for family members who need to stay overnight.
There will also be a 32-bed mother-baby unit, designed to allow women and their newborns to room together. Additionally, the facility will have a Level-III NICU to provide premie-care with 30 beds and treatment for critically ill infants. The hospital will have a pediatric surgery department with four pediatric surgery suites, a 10-bed post-anesthesia care unit and a 17-bed pre/post-operative unit. Additionally, the Carol Jenkins Pavilion will have an outpatient obstetric clinic. Other amenities of the pavilion will include a state-of-the-art auditorium, cafeteria, a chapel and a gift shop.