Baptist Health to add Heart Rhythm Center

Baptist Health to add Heart Rhythm Center
The new Heart Rhythm Center will be part of the Baptist Heart Hospital, the area’s only freestanding hospital for heart and vascular care.

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville will house a new Heart Rhythm Center and a team of medical caregivers specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of all heart rhythm disorders. The new center will be part of the Baptist Heart Hospital.

“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, FACHE, hospital president of Baptist Jacksonville.

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

Construction of the 14,400-square-foot facility began in October and is scheduled to be complete in January 2023. The center will be built on the second floor of the Heart Hospital’s north wing in space formerly used for outpatient and cardiac rehabilitation in the Wolfson Wellness Center.

“The new Heart Rhythm Center is a comprehensive, hospital-based facility that will offer patients a one-stop destination for EP procedures including catheter-based ablations and implanting defibrillators, pacemakers and other devices,” said Matthew McKillop, MD, clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and medical director of the Electrophysiology Program.

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