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Making Room in Howard County

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From left: Clarice Smith, Morton Goldberg, M.D., Bob Smith, Ed Miller, M.D., Rick Forsythe, Ron Peterson, Sandy Forsythe, Willard Hackerman, Lillian Hackerman and Peter McDonnell, M.D.
The Patient Pavilion was designed by Wilmot/Sanz of Gaithersburg, Md.

To adapt to a growing, and aging, population, as well as overcrowded facilities, Howard County General Hospital unveiled its new, four-story patient pavilion this month. The building houses a large outpatient facility and three floors of all-private inpatient rooms, plus more space for several support departments, including Information Technology and Pharmacy.

Victor Broccolino, president and CEO of the hospital, calls the campus development plan, which took seven years of planning and construction, “a much-needed addition to the hospital and our community. The expanded space, private rooms and new technology should definitely improve the healing process, patient safety, and patient, physician and staff satisfaction.”

Between July and August 3, 12 departments will relocate, moves that have been coordinated down to the last telephone line, electrical outlet and piece of furniture. As departments settle into their new space, renovation will begin on the older areas.

“Building a new pavilion, reconfiguring parking and renovating the existing building—all while continuing our day-to-day operations—has been a monumental task,” says Jay Blackman, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We appreciate the patience and support of our employees, physicians, patients and community as this project has progressed, and we are very pleased to finally enjoy the results of our hard work.”

On July 6, the outpatient center, named for the Bolduc family, a leader in the philanthropic community in Howard County for decades, will begin operations in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and diabetes management. The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation area features state-of-the-art exercise facilities, which include a walking track, as well as television and radio equipment for patients to enjoy while exercising. Other rehab services include separate gyms for adults, children and infants, along with separate adult and child waiting areas. The Diabetes Management Program features three counseling rooms.

During the first week in August, the second, third and fourth floors, each with 30 private patient rooms, will be put into service. Simultaneously, the second and third floors of the south building will be closed and converted to all private rooms. When the entire project is complete in fall 2011, the hospital’s bed count will be 228, an increase of 43 beds.

–Sharon Sopp

Opening festivities on July 10 and July 11 include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, open houses for employees, physicians and volunteers, evening receptions honoring donors, and a community health fair on the hospital parking lot.

 

 

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