At MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, our new $43 million state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED) and front entrance gives us the ability to get patients in quickly, identify their issues and provide our community with the best quality care. Our ED is a critically important access point that is part of MedStar Health’s wide-ranging efforts to improve care delivery across the region, with more specialty care located here, so patients don’t have to travel long distances to see their doctors.
As our community has grown, we have, too. Our new and spacious layout is equipped to provide you with the best care. In fact, we’ve added 18,000 square feet of treatment space in our ED for a total of 70,000 square feet, making this the largest renovation and expansion project in the history of our hospital. We’ve thought through every detail to ensure our new finished space reflects the feedback of our community.
We offer larger, more comfortable rooms that have been expanded from 28 to 40 to better accommodate patients. Plus, our new ED features two large trauma and resuscitation rooms that were built to hold more equipment and providers.
This area helps our ED staff manage patients suffering from a behavioral health crisis, or substance abuse issues, in a quiet and therapeutic environment.
Emphasizes patient privacy including quick telehealth evaluations for all patients.
Upgraded diagnostic imaging including a 128-slice Siemens CT scanner and new MRI machine, available in our ED for the first time.
A new front entrance complemented by a two-story lobby space that features a gift shop and 24-hour café.
Our hospital leaders quickly adjusted 2020 construction plans to make sure even more of the ED would be ready for the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve implemented 27 negative pressure rooms to keep the germs from getting outside in the community. MedStar Health also created what we call ‘pandemic response rooms,’ which were developed to keep isolated patients and the rest of the community safe.
This summer, phase 2B of ED renovations will be completed which will feature a new Special Pathogens Assessment Center. The facility will be used to diagnose and treat patients exposed to dangerous viruses or other microorganisms. Plans started long before the COVID-19 pandemic as MedStar Southern Maryland serves as one of Maryland’s five designated Special Pathogen Assessment Hospitals.