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We invite you to be among the first to cover this significant milestone in the history of Johns Hopkins Medicine that will improve the care of people in Baltimore, throughout Maryland and the world. You are invited to visit us on January 26, 2012, for tours of our beautiful new patient care facilities: The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower.

Important Dates

  • April 12, 2012 – Donor/Dedication Event
  • April 29-30, 2012 – Actual patient move dates

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A New Era for the Nation’s Number-One Hospital

A new era will begin at the nation’s top hospital in April 2012, when The Johns Hopkins Hospital opens new, $1.1-billion patient care building. The 1.6 million-square-foot facility erected on five acres is believed to be one of the nation’s largest hospital construction projects. It includes two 12-story patient towers; 560 all-private patient rooms; 33 state-of-the-art, spacious operating rooms; expansive new adult and pediatric emergency departments; the newest imaging facilities, including an intraoperative MRI scanner; and other sophisticated technologies. 

One of the towers will become the new home of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and will be named The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. The Sheikh Zayed Tower will house an array of adult services, including cardiovascular care, neurological care, labor and delivery, and a wide range of surgical services. Both buildings were designed to not only be technologically advanced, but also patient- and visitor-friendly, featuring an extensive art collection.

Economic Impact: Hundreds of New Jobs

The new hospital complex is boosting the local economy. Hopkins is adding 700 people to its workforce to staff the new patient care complex, including nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, pharmacy technicians, environmental services staff, security guards and visitor services personnel. Some of the new hires began their jobs over the summer. Meanwhile, more than 4,700 people worked on the construction of the buildings. Of those, almost 1,000 were Baltimore City residents and 280 of the construction workers lived in East Baltimore neighborhoods near The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Patient and Visitor Amenities

With healing gardens, soaring lobbies, a carefully selected art collection and cheerful, light-filled patient rooms, the new hospital buildings are designed to provide a welcoming and caring environment to advance the healing process. Each patient room will have a private bath and a sleep sofa for family members. Sound-absorbing features in patient care corridors, ranging from acoustical ceiling tiles to a quiet nurse call system, will promote a tranquil environment. Workstations between every two patient rooms will enable nurses to stay close to the bedside.

During the hospital stay, patients, family members and visitors can enjoy hotel-like amenities, including valet parking and an interactive television network with internet, movies, games and clinical team updates. Enhanced food ordering options also will be available, made possible by the construction of a 30,000-square-foot kitchen to supplement the existing hospital kitchen. Public areas on the lower floors of the building will have a food market/garden bistro, a resource library for patients and visitors, a gift shop and a guest services office. There are 28 elevators. Some are designated for patients and visitors, others for patient transport, and some only for supplies.  

Philanthropic Support

Philanthropic contributions have provided 36 percent of the funding for the project. The largest gifts came from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center is named in honor of Mayor Bloomberg’s mother, who died at age 102 in 2011. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa’s gift was made in honor of his late father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE.  

New Front Door

The hospital’s main entrance will move to 1800 Orleans St. The landscaped entrance, larger than a football field, will provide ample space to drop off and pick up patients. All entrances to the hospital, including the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments, are located in this area for convenient patient access. The Orleans Street Garage, across the street from the new hospital, will be exclusively for patients and visitors. Two glass walkway bridges above Orleans Street connect the garage to the new building. A separate ambulance entrance away from the main entrance will provide privacy to patients arriving in those vehicles.

Emergency Services

New emergency departments for adults and children will be housed on the first floor with dedicated entrances at the front of the new building. They are designed to accommodate up to 110,000 patient visits per year with private patient examination and observation rooms and the latest diagnostic imaging equipment, including MRI, ultrasound, CT scans and X-ray. The adult emergency department will be three times larger than the current facility, with a capacity of 75,000 emergency patient visits per year. The pediatric emergency department, which will double in size, will be able to handle 35,000 visits annually. It is the only state-designated trauma center for children in Maryland.

Heart and Vascular Services

Heart and vascular services will be located in the Sheikh Zayed Tower, with the most up-to-date facilities for cardiac catheterization, echo/vascular testing and electrophysiology, as well as dedicated operating rooms for cardiac and vascular surgery. New intensive care units for cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery also will have the latest technology.

Medical and surgical specialists will work side by side in hybrid procedure/operating rooms to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate procedures in an efficient and safe way. One of the hybrid rooms will accommodate procedures such as minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and combination stenting and bypass surgery. Another hybrid room will be used for vascular surgery cases including minimally invasive aortic aneurysm repair and advanced catheter treatments.

Just For Kids

The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center will have 205 beds just for pediatric patients. It will completely replace the existing Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical & Surgical Center. Included in the bed numbers are a 45-bed neonatal intensive care unit and a 40-bed pediatric intensive care unit. Ten new operating rooms will be designated for pediatric patients, as well as new radiology suites on the same floor as the ORs.

The new Pediatric Emergency Department will nearly double the current capacity and the entry to the ED will be on the ground-level lobby. Patient rooms will all be private with sleeping accommodations for parents. Rooms will have an interactive in-house television system to play games, access the Internet or watch movies. Patients can also have meals on demand, and their parents will be able to order food off a menu so they may have meals with their child.

Whimsical animal sculptures by Robert Israel will be placed throughout the lobby area, which has a soaring, light-filled, 4-story atrium. The building will be surrounded by gardens. The children’s tower will have an auditorium and special events area, and a two-story playroom on the 11th and 12th floors with a basketball court and giant movie screen.

Environmentally Friendly, "Green" Features

Water conservation: A panoramic garden by the building’s entrance features a “smart” drip irrigation system that is much more water efficient than traditional sprinkler systems. It measures the moisture content and water needed and irrigates only as needed rather than on a pre-fixed schedule.

Green Roofs: Drought-resistant ground cover is used on roofs at several levels of the new building. The material absorbs rain water and controls storm runoff, while promoting evaporation for a cooling effect. These roof gardens will act as temperature stabilizers on the floors directly below, as well as provide a UVA shield to protect the roof’s membrane.

Preserving the Chesapeake: The run off from storm water will be collected in subterranean tanks that filter our sediment and dirt before it is released into the storm drains and makes its way to the bay.

Energy efficiency: Smart lighting and climate controls are activated by sensors that detect the amount of sunlight in the building, depending on the time of day. These sensors “ration” light according to occupancy and humidity. In other words, in certain areas of the buildings, the amount of artificial light will automatically adjust to the amount of natural light.

Air flow efficiency: The building’s air flow system will adjust flow to operating rooms and procedure rooms depending on whether or not they are in use.

Air-purifying filters cleanse the air throughout the hospital.

Recycled materials for the interior: Many products used inside the buildings are made from recycled materials, including ceiling tiles and insulation.

Environmentally friendly construction materials: All paints used were non-toxic and all of the backing-board materials used to support the walls and floors were formaldehyde-free.

Natural materials can be found throughout the building, including marble from Greece, limestone from Minnesota and hardwood made with materials from sustainable forests for doors and wall finishes.

Media Contacts

Kim Hoppe
office: 410-502-9430
cell: 410-935-4762

Ellen Beth Levitt
office: 410-955-5307
cell: 410-598-4711


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