Baptist Health opens new pediatric and adult emergency center at St. Johns Town Center


When an emergency arises, seconds count.

That’s the premise behind the new pediatric and adult emergency center Baptist Health recently opened at the St. Johns Town Center: bringing the emergency room out of hospitals and closer to the community.

Located at 4085 Town Center Parkway, the new 16-bed emergency center known as Baptist Emergency Town Center includes two emergency rooms housed under one roof – Baptist Emergency Center and the Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center. Each center will have eight exam rooms, with the Wolfson’s center featuring rooms designed specifically to meet the unique needs of children.

“We chose the St. Johns Town Center area because it’s quickly becoming the center of town,” said Darin Roark, administrator of Emergency Services for Baptist Health. “It is a very busy area and the population around the Town Center is also growing significantly.”

The 17,030 square foot facility is situated on 1.76 acres and offers the same 24/7 emergency care of a hospital emergency room, including a full-service laboratory, CT scanner, ultrasound and X-ray. Should the need arise to transfer a patient to the hospital, Baptist Health has partnered with Century Ambulance Service. An on-site ambulance is present for emergency transportation.

Staff at the Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center includes physicians, specially trained pediatric nurses, a respiratory therapist and radiology technicians trained to handle all types of illness and injuries occurring in children, whether minor or life-threatening.

“We hope folks will consider it as a destination for times when emergency care is needed which is why we’ve built it to have the same services that you would find in an emergency room, except under one roof, closer to home,” Roark said.

Baptist Health has already broken ground on another freestanding emergency room to be located near I-295 and Dunn Avenue to serve the area of northwest Jacksonville.