New $17M Heart Rhythm Center will be added to Baptist Heart Hospital

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Baptist Health is adding a new Heart Rhythm Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, which will house a team of medical caregivers specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of all heart rhythm disorders.

The new Heart Rhythm Center will be a part of the Baptist Heart Hospital, Northeast Florida’s only freestanding hospital for heart-and-vascular care.

Cardiac electrophysiology (EP), a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on the heart’s electrical activity, is a rapidly growing field at the forefront of efforts to find new treatments and cures for arrhythmias. Baptist Health currently offers an advanced and comprehensive EP program.

“With the population growth in Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida, and the ability to diagnose heart rhythm abnormalities expanding with new technology, the need to treat atrial fibrillation (Afib) and other heart rhythm abnormalities is increasing,” said Nicole B. Thomas, hospital president of Baptist Jacksonville. “Thanks to the expert teams and physicians, the Heart Hospital at Baptist Jacksonville is the epicenter of the highest quality cardiac care in the region, and adding an EP center will help meet our growing community needs.”

“Heart rhythm problems can be life-limiting, or life-ending, so the need for treatment is important,” said Michael A. Mayo, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “This new Heart Rhythm Center will help Baptist Health meet the growing need for this specialized care and help save lives in our community.”

The 14,400-square-foot facility will include three EP labs, staff stations, support spaces, 10 patient rooms and a family lounge. Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be complete in January 2023.

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