Baptist Medical Center celebrates opening of Chartrand Frisch Family Birth & Newborn Center

Baptist Medical Center celebrates opening of Chartrand Frisch Family Birth & Newborn Center
Ribbon Cutting, April 12

On April 12, leaders of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, along with donors Mark and Meredith (Chartrand) Frisch and their families, celebrated the dedication of the Chartrand Frisch Family Birth & Newborn Center. This project marks the completion of a $16 million renovation to the Baptist Jacksonville Maternal Evaluation, Delivery, Maternal Newborn, and High-Risk Units.

Mark and Meredith Frisch were so inspired by the care they received from Baptist and Wolfson with the births and complications that arose for all four of their children, they decided to make a generous gift to help fund renovations of the birthing and postpartum suites at Baptist. Meredith’s parents, Nancy and Gary Chartrand; her brother, Jeff Chartrand; and Mark’s parents, Ben and Pat Frisch, also contributed. Both families helped inspire others to make financial gifts that made the project possible.

“Our goal in redesigning this space was to make this monumental life experience even more special for moms and families. These new suites are as impressive as our state-of-the-art maternal newborn care,” said Michael Mayo, FACHE, President of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

A Family Advisory Group of current and expecting mothers offered input on the Center’s design to ensure that every aspect of the units will improve the patient and family experience. Features such as private bathrooms with ample storage for personal belongings, new high-risk monitoring technology in birthing suites, and a nursery with a “knee wall” to make it easier for young siblings to view babies who need extended stays were included in the plans. Every aspect of the Center was designed with mothers, babies, and families in mind.

The new Center is located adjacent to Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s high-level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where expert teams of pediatric specialists provide immediate life-saving care to newborns who need it. The Center will also have direct access to the 92-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Center in the new Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower that is scheduled to open in early 2022.

“We want parents to take comfort knowing that, should something happen, we have the very best experts and state-of-the-art technology available to immediately provide world-class care to their precious new baby,” said Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, president of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

“We hope families who enter the Chartrand Frisch Family Birth & Newborn Center are comforted knowing they are in expert hands and are able to relax and focus on what matters most: the new life they are bringing into the world,” said CC Brooks, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

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