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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media Contacts:
Gary Stephenson 410-955-5384;
Kim Hoppe 410-516-4934;
June 2, 2006

“Hospital of the Future” To Replace Aging Structures, Update Facilities

The formal groundbreaking for The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s new clinical towers, the core of the medical campus’s $1.2 billion redevelopment plan, will take place June 5, 2006, at 4 p.m. at the Phipps Building Courtyard at 600 N. Wolfe St.

Six years in the making, the groundbreaking marks the most ambitious redevelopment in the Hospital’s 117-year history and the official start of one of the largest single health care construction projects in the United States.

The ceremony will feature Kendel Ehrlich, wife of Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, and Michael E. Busch, speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, along with Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody, M.D.; Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson; George J. Dover, M.D., Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Department of Pediatrics of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and William A. Baumgartner, M.D., Vincent L. Gott Professor of Cardiac Surgery, cardiac surgeon in charge, and vice dean for clinical affairs at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The day will herald a massive project to replace crowded and outdated facilities with a children’s hospital tower that will become the new home of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and a cardiovascular and critical care tower for adults, as well as support facilities.  The project is scheduled to be completed in 2009.  

The cardiovascular and critical care tower will contain an estimated 913,000 gross square feet and the children’s hospital 560,000 gross square feet, for a combined gross square footage of 1,473,000.  Construction of a new 2,600-space garage on Orleans Street is complete and a new energy plant and loading dock are nearing completion.   The cardiovascular and critical care tower will be designed to support current and future technologies and techniques for surgical, interventional and emergency procedures as well as critical and acute patient care. It also will house the new Johns Hopkins Heart Institute:

Founded in 1912 as the children’s hospital of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center continues to be a leader in the world of pediatric research and patient care, despite being housed in a structure that was built in the 1960s. The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility, with all the best that current technology has to offer and the flexibility to expand to meet tomorrow’s discoveries. 

It will house emergency, surgical, interventional, critical and acute care for infants and children and will integrate care of high-risk obstetrics patients and newborns. The new facility will have sufficient capacity to maintain its current status as the designated pediatric trauma center for the state of Maryland. In addition, the Harriet Lane Children’s Community Health Building, a new $20 million, four-story, 90,000-square-foot pediatric outpatient facility situated on the corner of Orleans and Wolfe streets, will provide one-stop outpatient services for pediatric patients. A new pedestrian bridge will connect the parking garage to the Children’s Center and provide an indoor connection to the Harriett Lane Building.

“If we want to keep Hopkins at the forefront of patient care, medical education and research, we need to bring our buildings and infrastructure up to a level commensurate with the excellence of our faculty and staff,” says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Hopkins was the model of the modern academic medical center when it opened in 1889, and with this new plan, we hope to make Hopkins the model academic medical center for the next century.”

“Although the existing buildings have served their purposes well, they are no longer adequate to accommodate today’s patients and current medical technologies,” adds Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.  “Hopkins has been able to maintain its world-class reputation despite the challenges associated with its aging infrastructure, but it’s abundantly clear that we must now bring our buildings and supporting facilities up to modern standards.”

The campus redevelopment is necessitated not only because of the growing need for additional research and clinical space but because of the inadequacy of existing spaces, designed for an earlier era of medicine when infrastructure, equipment and delivery of care were much less complex, Hopkins officials note.

To streamline operations, the two clinical facilities will be built as a single structure, but with a two-tower design that conveys the individual identities and functions of the structures. 

The buildings will be situated along the northern frontage of Orleans Street, adjacent to the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Building, which houses the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Together, the two structures will frame a new main entrance to the Hospital accessible from Orleans Street.

A new, separate ambulance entrance to the emergency department entrance located on Wolfe Street - the current “front door” of the Hospital -- will provide a single point of access for emergency services. From that point, patients will be sent to the appropriate emergency room via separate entrances for adult and pediatric services.  Walk-in emergency patients will arrive at the Hospital’s new main entrance off Orleans Street, and will be directed to separate adult and children’s emergency entrances adjacent to the adult and children’s hospital entrances, eliminating the confusion of where to go when coming to the Hospital for emergency care.

Patient floors in the new clinical buildings also were designed with superior care and service in mind. Large lobbies and waiting rooms have small private alcoves where medical staff can meet with families. Decentralized workstations keep nurses close to their patients. All patient rooms are private, with high-resolution digital display screens that bring diagnostic images, lab data and patient records right to the bedside.  Amenities like daybeds and sleep chairs allow visitors to stay the night.

Other major projects completed as part of the campus master plan include:

• The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, which opened in January 2000.  It houses the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and provides clinical services for cancer patients. The $150 million, five-story, 500,000-square-foot facility is a state-of-the-art clinical building designed from the ground up to incorporate patient-friendly features and maximize efficient, effective clinical services delivery.

• The Bunting Family and Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Family Cancer Research Building I (CRB I), a $59 million dollar, 10-story, 122,000-net-square-foot facility dedicated on Dec. 6, 1999.  Five of its 10 stories include laboratories with research programs in cancer biology, molecular genetics, molecular virology, hematologic malignancies, prostate, colon, lung, breast, head and neck, and brain cancers, pharmacology, experimental therapeutics, immunology, cancer prevention and control, and childhood cancers.

• The second Cancer Research Building (CRB II) was recently completed at a cost of approximately $80.4 million.   The new 272,000-gross-square-ft CRB II is a mirror image of the Bunting-Blaustein Building. An interstitial design again allows for space above the laboratories to accommodate utilities and other electronics, thus enabling repairs and equipment upgrades without disruption of laboratory activities.

Photos of the Bunting-Blaustein and Weinberg buildings can be viewed at:

• The Broadway Research Building (BRB), a $140 million, 372,000-square-foot advanced research facility designed to foster interdisciplinary work among scientists. The 10-story building feature six floors and 119,300 square feet of advanced biomedical research laboratories used by scientists in comparative medicine, medicine and basic sciences.  In addition to housing the School of Medicine’s five vice deans, School of Medicine administrative offices, the Office of  Research Administration, the office of the Health System president and other administrative offices, the building also houses the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Institute for Cell Engineering.

• The Orleans Street Garage, which opened on Oct. 14, 2005. The five-level, 2,600-parking-space garage sits on the south side of Orleans Street directly across from the Weinberg Building and the old Broadway Garage. Construction of the new garage allowed the Broadway Garage to be razed to make room for the two new clinical buildings. 

MEDIA NOTE: Seating will be extremely limited. Please contact Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384/ or Kim Hoppe 410-516-4934/ if you wish to cover the groundbreaking.