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HCGH to Expand

Howard County General Hospital is currently awaiting approval from the state of Maryland for a $73 million, 100,000-square-foot expansion featuring a five-story patient tower with 90 private rooms and two new operating rooms. All existing semiprivate rooms will be renovated and converted to private rooms. The patient tower, along with a parking garage, will rise on the site of the parking lot. To help fund the project, the hospital intends to raise $10 million from its community and has already received a $3 million commitment from Howard County.

President/CEO Victor Broccolino calls the campus redevelopment plan a “response to the expectations and demands of our community.” Nearby Fort Meade is expected to gain 10,000 new jobs as a result of recent base closings elsewhere; it recently closed its clinic to new patients (military retirees and family members). “We are full,” stresses PR Director Mary Patton. “Howard County is still attracting new residents, even as many longtime residents enter their senior years.”

United Way

This year’s two-week campaign, chaired by Patty Brown, president of JH HealthCare, runs from Oct. 10 to Oct. 21. The annual kick-off breakfast for campaign leaders, coordinators and team captains is set for Oct. 5. The total JHM goal is $1.248 million, including $375,000 for JHH/JHHSC and $527,000 for the School of Medicine.

Museum Treasures

The Smithsonian’s upcoming “Treasures” exhibit will showcase some Hopkins Medicine memorabilia: Ben Carson’s scrubs and lab coat, the homemade PCR robot Ken Kinzler made for work he and Bert Vogelstein did on p53, and Curt Civin’s prototype of the CD-34+ bone marrow stem cell isolator. Among other treasures: Helen Keller’s watch, Albert Einstein’s pipe, John Philip Sousa’s baton and Eric Sevareid’s typewriter. Don’t rush over to D.C. yet, though. The exhibit opens after the museum completes an 18-month building reconstruction, in late 2006 or early 2007.




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