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Over the past three years, Howard County General Hospital has built a new 50,000-square-foot, two-story addition adjacent to the existing emergency room facing Little Patuxent Parkway, adding approximately 40 treatment spaces in several areas of the hospital to increase overall capacity. The estimated project cost for this vital enhancement is $48 million. This expansion is opening in January of 2020.


  • A new entrance, waiting area and evaluation area will help expedite patients’ flow through the emergency room and hospital.
  • New inpatient psychiatric unit with the capacity to treat 20 patients, designed to create an improved healing environment.
  • New observation unit—for patients who need treatment and monitoring but not full admittance to the hospital—located next to the emergency room, which helps with care transitions.
  • Additional treatment spaces for pediatric behavioral health patients will enable us to offer a protected and private setting for both children and adolescents/young adults.
  • Expansion of the adult behavioral health unit.
  • Renovation of older space made available by new construction will create a new general medical-surgical unit with additional beds for the hospital.

Both new construction and substantial renovations will enhance comfort, convenience, and ambiance for visitors and patients alike, while supporting high quality and increasing efficiency for care providers.

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