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1990s at Baptist

Buildings Completed:

  • Nutrition Research Center (1996)
  • Ardmore Tower (1996)
  • Sticht Center (1997)
  • Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab) (1998) 

Nutrition Research Center


The outside shell of the Nutrition Research Center (eleven stories and 248,000 square feet) was completed in 1996.  However, due to funding problems, the interior of the building remained vacant.  The first completed floor of Nutrition Center opened in September of 1998.  It was the top floor and housed a transgenic animal facility.

Congress first appropriated nearly $3 million for the Center for Research on Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention in 1989.  The original goal of the facility was to reduce chronic diseases through the study of diet and nutrition.  Since 1989 the federal government reduced spending on projects such as the Nutrition Center, thus leaving the building with not nearly enough money to be completed as scheduled.  Consequently, the Nutrition Center was slowly worked on floor by floor as they received funding bit by bit.

The Commons is a four story building that links the Gray Building to the Nutrition Center.  It was decided to finish this area of the project (in 1996) before completing the research building.  The Commons, also known as the Nutrition Education Wing, has a conference center.

In this photograph, the Nutrition Building is the middle building with green glass.

Ardmore Tower (1996)


With the completion of Ardmore Tower in 1996, the Medical Center gained a new Emergency Department, a 900 seat cafeteria, expanded operating room facilities, a day hospital, and three new floors of private patient rooms, bringing the total percentage of private rooms at the hospital to 65%.

When Ardmore Tower was first built, it was seven stories and had 310,000 square feet of area.  In 2004 a four story addition was added to Ardmore Tower, bringing the total number of floors to eleven, thus making it equally as tall as the surrounding buildings.

In this photograph, Ardmore Tower (red arrows) is at its original height of seven stories.  The emergency department is located under the arrow on the right that points at the white roof.  In 2002 Ardmore Tower West was built on top of the emergency department in Ardmore Tower. 

Sticht Center (1997)

The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation is a geriatric clinical and research facility.  It stands at five stories tall and covers 212,000 square feet.  It is not a long term care facility, but rather a place where patients can go to so they can re-gain the skills necessary to function in the community.
The Sticht Center was designed to house a geriatric day hospital with nutritional education, physical therapy, counseling, and recreation therapy.  The new facility would also have psychiatry and rehabilitation programs for geriatric patients, including an indoor therapy pool and training apartments where patients could practice independent living.

This photograph was taken in 1997, when the center opened.

J. Paul Sticht 


J. Paul Sticht was the (retired) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at R.J. Reynolds Nabisco and also held the position of Chairman of the Medical Center Board of Visitors for 10 years at the time of the groundbreaking ceremony.  The RJR Nabisco Foundation donated $1.5 million towards the new building to honor their retired Chairman.

Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab) (1998)

Medical Plaza - Miller is a 218,179 square foot outpatient rehabilitation facility located a few blocks away from the Medical Center on Miller Street.  Some of the services offered there are audiology and speech pathology, neurorehabilitation, and physical therapy.


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