Intensive Care Unit

Advancing Plant City’s Access to Critical Care

Now open at South Florida Baptist Hospital, the Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center provides patients with highly specialized care and close observation from the specially trained nursing staff. Space above the Jim and Ruby Jean Redman Emergency Center has been transformed to an area where patients with complex medical and surgical needs can be cared for.

The 13,400-square-foot Critical Care Center has 17 beds that meet the most updated standards for safety, skin care protection and other medical needs. With direct elevator access from the Emergency Center, the Critical Care Center has the most advanced monitoring equipment available for patients needing close supervision.

The Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center includes:

Seventeen private patient rooms – All patient rooms feature glass doors for better visibility of patients from the nurse’s station and hallway, allowing the patient to rest. Clear glass doors allow nurses to monitor the patient, pumps and medication, as well as patient vital signs. 

ICU Specialty Rooms

Two Bariatric Capable Rooms: The two corner rooms in the Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center have been specially designed to aid in the care of bariatric patients. A lift, with a 1,000-pound weight limit, is installed in the ceiling, which helps nurses move the patient to and from the bed and chair. This promotes skin integrity for the patient and reduces the chance of injury and strain for the nurses.

Respiratory Support Services Room: At South Florida Baptist Hospital, our goal is to provide excellent patient care as soon as possible. A majority of patients needing critical care have health concerns related to their respiratory system, whether it is a respiratory or cardiac issue, and they often need supplemental oxygen. In designing the Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center, a blood gas room was built in close proximity to patient rooms. The room features a brand new blood gas analyzer, the Radiometer ABL 90. 

Negative Air Pressure Rooms: The Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center features four negative air pressure rooms. A negative air pressure room includes a ventilation system that generates negative pressure to allow air to flow into the isolation room, but not escape from the room. Air will naturally flow from areas with higher pressure to areas with lower pressure, thereby preventing contaminated air from escaping the room. These types of rooms are particularly important for patients with certain airborne contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, measles or chicken pox.

Patient and family waiting area -- The Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center’s waiting room has been designed with peaceful colors to promote a calming environment for friends and families who are waiting to see their loved ones.

This room features:

  • Close proximity to restrooms and vending machines
  • Coffee machine
  • Comfortable seating
  • Flat screen TV

Nurses station with patient view - The Nurse and Physician Station has been strategically designed in a U shape, allowing for an easy view into each patient room. At this station, physicians and nurses can monitor their patients through glass doors while reviewing and working on charts.

Physician/family consultation room - The physician consult room provides a private and comfortable space for physicians to have confidential discussions with families, or for a family to meet. This room features a conference table and a computer that will allow physicians to share and better explain the patient’s condition.

Large conference/meeting room - The addition of the Critical Care Center brings a much needed conference room to South Florida Baptist Hospital. This space features a 70" TV, projector and projection screen, and seating for 20 people. This room can be scheduled to conduct meetings, conferences, education and more.

High-tech electronic patient monitoring with e-ICU - The eICU in the Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center will be available from 7pm to 7am, allowing instant, full access medical care for patients during evening hours.

What is an eICU?

An eICU is “Networks of audiovisual communication and computer systems that link critical care physicians and nurses to intensive care units in other, remote hospitals.” (AACN 2013)

How does it work?

  • Algorithms that trend and predict patient status/outcomes
  • Bedside clinician can have a virtual presence in the room in a matter of seconds
  • Connects a highly skilled eICU team of intensivists and nurses to the bedside critical care team
  • Continuous interface between patient clinical data and technology
  • eCare clinicians can visualize and talk to bedside staff, patients or even family within a few seconds
  • eCare nurse is responsible for 45–55 critical care patients using the advanced technology
    Enables staff to reduce time between problem identification and intervention


Immediate family members are encouraged to visit to provide emotional support and to participate in patient care decisions. Children under 12 are not allowed to visit. At the discretion of the ICU nurse and depending on the severity of the patient's illness, visitation may be limited to benefit the patient's healing.

Visiting hours are flexible from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., depending on the patient's medical status. Between visits, family members can use the William K. Pou Waiting Room.

Pastoral Care

The hospital chaplain is always available to help with any spiritual needs and can be reached through the hospital telephone operator. Our hospital chapel is open around the clock on the hospital's first floor.

Location & Phone Number 
Intensive & Progressive Care Units 
2nd floor of the hospital 
ICU - (813) 707-2055
PCU - (813) 757-8296