Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children to Open Its Doors to Patients and Families




Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce that patients and families will begin receiving care at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children on Friday, June 15, 2018. The 350,000 square foot Pavilion is the largest expansion to date on the Medical Center Campus.


“We are excited and honored to open the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children to the patients and families we are privileged to serve,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “Through the generous support of our donors, Lakeland Regional Health will now deliver the best outcomes and safest care to many generations of families in a contemporary care environment offering privacy, comfort and elegance.”


Approximately 3,000 babies are born each year at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, with nearly 300 of those receiving care in the current Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


“The Pavilion for Women and Children brings new technology and care resources to ensure our tiniest and most fragile patients are achieving the brightest futures,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This beautiful eight-story addition is a unique healthcare destination providing personalized and comprehensive healthcare to the women and children of our community.”


“Lakeland Regional Health is so proud to work with outstanding doctors, nurses and clinical team members who provide exceptional care,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center President and Lakeland Regional Health Chief Medical Officer. “Our team is eager to provide world-class care in this state-of-the-art facility.”


The eight-story building is home to:


  • 33-bed Children’s Emergency Department, with a dedicated entrance for medical transport and families. This increases the number of LRH Children’s Emergency Department beds by nearly 50%.
  • 17 private suites for labor and delivery
  • 32 spacious suites where both parents can stay overnight with their new child
  • 4 C-section and gynecology surgical suites
  • Polk County’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with 30 private rooms. Level III is the highest NICU designation in Florida, providing babies who are critically ill or weighing 1,000 grams or less with advanced care. Previously, families needing this level of care had to leave Polk County.
  • Pediatric surgical services for procedures such as appendectomies and hernia repairs
  • Pediatric floor with 30 private rooms, including 12 Pediatric Intensive Care private rooms. Each room features space for family members to comfortably stay overnight.
  • Pediatric playroom with activities, music and safe play zones
  • Nemours Children’s Health System pediatric specialty care
  • Compassionate and highly skilled outpatient obstetric care offered at both the Grasslands Campus and the Pavilion, providing convenience for women who need immediate care or procedures.
  • Center for Fetal Care offers moms facing high-risk pregnancies leading-edge maternal-fetal and perinatal care before, during and after birth.
  • Guest amenities including WIP Café, gift shop and chapel
  • State-of-the-art 200-seat auditorium and two adjacent conference rooms for community and team education.


Other noteworthy patient experiences include:


  • Certified inpatient and outpatient lactation consultants
  • Special touches designed to ensure memorable childbirth experiences
  • Adjoining rooms in NICU and Pediatric units so families with two admitted children can be together
  • Child life specialist care to help hospitalized children feel more comfortable
  • Customizable lighting in pediatric rooms provides children with cheer and control over their environment
  • Interactive games and activities in the Children’s Emergency Department lobby


The facility addition was planned after conducting extensive community research on needed healthcare services and was designed with input from patients and families and from physicians, nurses and clinicians providing care. The project brings urgently needed, world class healthcare services to Polk County, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to reduce the number of semi-private rooms on the Medical Center Campus.

Grand opening events included a free Community Celebration on Saturday, June 2, at the Pavilion.







Lakeland Regional Health is home to Polk County’s only Level III NICU with 30 private rooms. Level III is the highest NICU designation in Florida.

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30 private rooms, including 12 pediatric intensive care rooms, featuring space for parents who need to stay overnight and designed to be child- and family-friendly.

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The labor and delivery suites in the new Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children are built with a spa-like feel. Technology in the unit helps keep expectant moms up and moving.

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The waiting area in the Children’s Emergency Department at the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children has several interactive activities to foster a kid-friendly environment and reduce anxiety.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit located within the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department.