Construction Milestone Celebrated with “Topping Out” Ceremony for North Central Baptist Hospital

baptist hcs logoExpansion to Meet the Stone Oaks area’s growing need for women’s services.

A major construction milestone has been reached at North Central Baptist Hospital. On Monday, March 18th the last steel beam was hoisted into place on the hospital structure. A “Topping Out” ceremony commemorated the day for hospital employees, physicians, construction team and community leaders. All in attendance had the opportunity to sign the final steel beam before it was raised into place.

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The additional hospital floors will increase medical and surgical unit capacity with spacious, beautifully-appointed patient rooms. It also will expand the already comprehensive labor and delivery, postpartum and anti-partum beds, obstetrics pre-op area, nursery and neonatal care unit (NICU) beds and outpatient areas. Specifics include the new 60-bed NICU which will offer private rooms, including around 11 rooms that will be available for parents who wish to spend the night with their babies in intensive care. Expectant parents can continue to rely on the fact that North Central operates the highest level NICU in the Stone Oak area, for an extra measure of care if needed.

“As the first hospital system to invest in the Stone Oak area in the early 1990s, we are excited to continue to grow with this community and accommodate the needs with our facility expansions,” said Graham Reeve, President and CEO of Baptist Health System. “This means our physicians will have additional access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities to practice in and ultimately provide the best patient care for you and your loved ones.”

This investment has been made to meet the Stone Oak area’s growing need for patient services and is expected to open in fall 2013. In addition, it is providing additional jobs to local and regional contractors and sub-contractors, as well as jobs to San Antonio healthcare workers.

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About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System is a trusted provider of health care in San Antonio and South Texas. The System includes five acute-care hospitals (Baptist Medical Center, Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, North Central Baptist Hospital, Northeast Baptist Hospital, and St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital) which offer 1,674 licensed beds. All five hospitals have earned Accredited Chest Pain Center designation, as well as Primary Stroke Center Certification. Medicare has designated each as Texas’ only Medicare Value Based Care Centers.

The system also includes Baptist Regional Children’s Center, Baptist Breast Center, Baptist Cancer Center, HealthLink wellness and fitness center and physical rehabilitation centers. Other entities include Baptist M&S Imaging Centers, community health and wellness programs, ambulatory services, medical office buildings and School of Health Professions. Baptist Health System supports the work of Faith Family Clinics, Baptist Emergency Hospitals, San Antonio AirLIFE air medical transport and other health-related services and affiliations. The system is part of Vanguard Health Systems, based out of Nashville, Tennessee.