Family Medicine Center Brings New Primary and Preventive Care Options to West Kendall

West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s new Family Medicine Center is now open, providing area residents with high-quality primary and preventive care. West Kendall residents can now turn to the Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine Center at West Kendall Baptist Hospital for all routine care needs, such as physical examinations (including school physicals), flu and allergy shots, non-emergency illnesses and injuries and chronic disease management.

“The opening of the Family Medicine Center is the next step toward our goal of creating a comprehensive healthcare community here,” said Javier Hernández-Lichtl, CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “Residents already turn to us for inpatient care, surgeries, emergencies and childbirth. Now we can serve their day-to-day care needs, as well, for the entire family.”

The Family Medicine Center, conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital’s Medical Arts Building, is designed to promote a vision of providing leading practices in education and compassionate care in a high-tech and high-touch environment. The state-of-the-art facility includes six private exam rooms, on-site laboratory, group meeting room, teleconference center and wireless computer tablets for patient registration. The Center will serve patients of all ages, including pediatric and geriatric patients.

“West Kendall residents are welcome to call and arrange a tour,” said Agueda Hernández, M.D., medical director of the Family Medicine Center. “Our staff will be here to welcome you and assist in setting up your new care relationships and transferring records.”

Staff physicians include Dr. Hernández and Manuel Torres, M.D. They have admitting privileges at West Kendall Baptist Hospital as well as other facilities in the Baptist Health South Florida network. The Family Medicine Center will also function as the primary training ground for the West Kendall Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, in affiliation with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, which will launch in the summer of 2013.

The Family Medicine Center is located in the Medical Arts Building adjacent to West Kendall Baptist Hospital, 15955 SW 96 Street. Regular office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most major forms of health insurance are accepted. For more information or to make an appointment, call 786-467-3140.

Since opening its doors in April 2011, West Kendall Baptist Hospital personnel have treated more than 30,000 patients in its emergency room, and welcomed more than 200 babies at the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites. Other notable awards include becoming the first acute-care hospital in Florida to earn LEED Gold certification for its environmentally conscious facilities and practices, and ranking as the #1 Most Beautiful Hospital in Florida – and fourth most beautiful nationwide.

About West Kendall Baptist Hospital

The newest member of the not-for-profit Baptist Health South Florida family, West Kendall Baptist Hospital is a LEED Gold-certified, patient- and family-centered facility serving one of South Florida’s most vibrant, youthful and fast-growing communities. Beginning in 2013, the hospital will be home to an accredited family practice residency program through its affiliation with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. To learn more, visit