This month, our latest healthcare project for Baptist Health South Florida, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, celebrated its grand opening during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 1st. Located in the heart of Florida Keys in Marathon, Florida, the new $43.7 million facility opened its doors four years after Hurricane Irma severely damaged the 60-year-old hospital’s original building, shutting it down permanently. In need of a critical access hospital, we were challenged to resurrect this important community resource.
As a result, we developed a resilient design concept tailored to the hospital’s unique geographic risks, including a building envelope and hospital infrastructure designed to withstand Category 5 hurricane wind events and flood resistance features that exceed FEMA criteria. Built from the ground up, the new state-of-the-art hospital is designed to meet the needs of the community well into the future. The new facility includes an updated Emergency Center with an on-site helipad; inpatient and intensive care units, chemo infusion unit, outpatient laboratory, imaging services such as ultrasound, mammography, and CT scans.