Over $1 million was raised for the new center, with long-time Plant City residents Betty and Charles Grimes providing the leadership gift.
“The Critical Care Center is another step in the development of our hospital becoming a major healthcare facility in central Florida,” said Betty Grimes. “My husband and I are pleased to have a part in this development. “
Mrs. Grimes also acknowledged the generosity of the many individuals, businesses and civic organizations in the Greater Plant City community who stepped forward to contribute to the campaign. “When you consider the number of donors to the Critical Care Center, it speaks volumes for the interest and support of the community for the hospital,” she said.
“South Florida Baptist Hospital is committed to providing the highest possible care to the Plant City community and the new Critical Care Center allows us to deliver on this promise,” said Sullivan.
“As a not-for-profit hospital, we are looking to the community to help provide the financial support for this exciting new project,” said Sullivan. “In the past decade the hospital has undertaken a tremendous number of improvements that have had a very positive impact on patient care. We’re appreciative that the community has always responded generously to our need.”
Of the major projects that the hospital has undertaken, Sullivan points to the new Emergency Department, which uses a ‘racetrack’ circular design that is now being adopted throughout the state as a best practice model. The new heart and vascular center, which opened in 2010, has exceeded expectations and the hospital is now considering an expansion to meet the demand. In addition, all the rooms on 2 South were converted to private rooms, creating a hotel-like environment for patients admitted to this wing.
David Sullivan, the Critical Care Center Capital Campaign Chair and Foundation Vice President noted that South Florida Baptist Hospital is a source of tremendous community pride.