What seems like just weeks ago, our ED expansion and renovation was tucked away behind construction walls and barriers. Today, it’s no secret how far the work has evolved. What used to be one wall structure, or two, is now a series of metal wall structures, cables and doors.
The first pour of concrete outside of what will be the new front entrance took to the earth on May 4, 2020, covering what was once just underground structures and providing a platform to the new entry way.
There’s no hiding the large concrete pillars and foundations that have sprung up in the area of the associate parking lot that will be used in the ED expansion. Continued leveling and ground work is taking place in that space and lots of underground inter-workings are happening daily.
In some cases, the evolution of this project is about the underground intricacies, but now, there is some clearly visible and exciting progress to take note of!
It’s electric! Lights are on, wires are connected, supplies are in and the journey to our new front lobby and ED are well in motion! Our last update showed new wall structures that had been put up, this update shows that not only are the structures up, but supplies are in to reinforce, insulate and continue the work on the bones and structures.
The ground in the front of the hospital that was being leveled now has some new structural components in place and further work to the gas lines has been periodically taking place in the area of our associate parking lot.
Our ED renovation and expansion project is well under way and though its progress is tucked away by construction barriers and walls, an inside look reveals its new spacious bones!
What used to be a hill and associate parking area is currently being prepped for leveling to expand outward in addition to the pre-existing space inside the hospital that is being added to our new ED.
Inside, demolition of the old front entrance and lobby area is complete, and plans are being mapped out and executed to create the new front entrance and ED.
Our temporary front entrance and ED are currently operational in the interim.
Our hospital has started an exciting expansion and renovation project – the largest in our more-than-40-year history. When it is complete, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center will have a state-of-the-art emergency department to provide our community with the best care and a new hospital front entrance complete with a 24-hour café! (Depicted in rendering below)
New Hospital Entrance and Parking Changes
The week of December 8, the hospital will open a new, temporary front entrance for patients and visitors to access the emergency department and main hospital. This new entrance is located to the left of the main hospital building. Patients and visitors may remember this entrance as the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation entrance.
Once inside, directional signage will make it easy for patients and visitors to find where they need to go.
- A new hospital entrance – during the hospital’s renovation project, all patients and visitors will enter through a new entrance located to the left of the main hospital building
- New indoor and outdoor signs – to help you find your way easily
When will these changes take effect, and how long will they last?
The new, temporary entrance officially opened on December 12, 2019. We expect the renovation to be complete in 2021.
Why is the hospital renovating?
When the renovation is complete, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center will have a state-of-the-art emergency department (ED) that will meet the needs of Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland’s residents. Here are some of the things you can look forward to:
- A total of 40 ED treatment rooms – almost 50 percent more than before
- 18,000 more square feet of space in the ED, for a total of 70,000 square feet
- Designated space for patients with mental health or behavioral issues
- A better waiting room
- Easier access for EMS personnel
- A separate area for patients who may have been exposed to pathogens
- A new front entrance, with a 24-hour café for patients and visitors
We’re committed to providing excellent care to our community throughout this renovation process. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of transformation.
Stay Up to Date
We look forward to sharing the renovation’s progress with you. For more information and updates on this project, check out the latest edition of Health magazine, which arrives in your mailbox four times a year. You can also follow our construction updates on Facebook.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family.