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Posted: January 2020

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On Monday, Jan. 27, we celebrated the completion of our new 50,000-square-foot two-story addition, which includes a new pediatric and adult emergency room entrance as well as expanded and improved observation and psychiatric units. We’d like to thank all of our donors who helped “Build Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.” Your support will play a role in ensuring our community has access to quality health care for years to come. See inside »

Nearly There

Posted: January 2020

ER Reception

Our construction project is drawing to a close. We're getting excited to welcome staff and patients to our new addition when it opens on Jan. 28, 2020.

With exterior signage designating the soon-to-be reopened emergency entrance off Little Patuxent Parkway and finishing touches being made to the interior, our focus has turned to familiarizing our staff with the new space. We are finalizing training, running through scenarios and preparing technology for transfer.

Patient beds are being added to the new Observation Unit and supplies will soon be stocked. IT is setting up and testing processes throughout the new space. Psychiatric staff will participate in “A Day in the Life” scenarios to ensure they are familiar with the unit and its new features.

We will begin relocating departments and offices currently located in the hospital and adjacent buildings to the ground floor of the new building in early January.

As a reminder, please continue to use the main entrance to access the emergency room until the new adult and pediatric ER entrance in the new building opens to the public on Jan. 28, 2020.

Thank you to all of the staff, supporters and community members who have made this necessary construction project possible. The new facility will allow us to better support a healthy Howard County as our community continues to grow and change.

Eighty-Five Percent

Posted: September 2019

Construction Update Photo

Progress continues in the new building construction, which is 85% complete. The exterior façade and windows have been installed and the remaining exterior work for the bridge connector to the second floor of the West Building is scheduled for September 18.

Interior work continues with the installation of flooring and cabinetry, which is expected to be complete by Tuesday, Sept. 24. Teams are preparing the first and second floors for finishes, which include paint, flooring cabinetry and ceilings. Work has begun on the new parking lot and landscaping will begin the first week in October.

Interior Photo

The transition planning group continues to meet with clinical staff and support departments to discuss training and events that must occur before the move. The transition to the new building is expected to take place the first week in January. 

Final Quarter

Posted: July 2019


We are in the final quarter of this significant effort and are looking at the finish line.Our new building is well on the way to completion. With 75% of the construction complete, we have accomplished a great deal in the past year. The exterior façade and windows are being installed and the interiors are moving along. Once final inspections are done, the walls will be closed in and the new air handling unit will be started up to climatize the building to prepare for the installation of flooring, cabinetry and other finishes. There is still a lot to do, but DPR is working with our Facilities groups from HCGH and JHHS to stay on track for the building to be complete about the middle of October. At that point, we can begin adding furniture, equipment and décor. The transition planning group has been meeting weekly with all affected departments to finalize an activation schedule, as well as review and coordinate all necessary trainings for staff.

Steel Rising

Posted: November 2018


Roughly 15 to 20% of the construction for the new building is complete. The steel has been installed with the final welding details to be completed by mid-December.

Project Update

Posted: September 2018

Elevator Block ShaftsClick to view larger.

A lot has happened since last winter when the emergency entrance was temporarily moved to the hospital’s main entrance. The site of the old Emergency Room parking lot has been excavated and construction of the new building has begun! Over 1000 truckloads of dirt have been removed which is the equivalent of 20, 000 tons of dirt. The elevator block shaft and the two stair towers have been completed. Underground plumbing inspections continue for the full basement fit out, as we prepare to start to pour the slab on grade by  sections. Steel erection is scheduled to begin mid-October, every day you can see the progress.

Celebrating the New Addition

Posted: August 2018

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Howard County officials, community partners and leadership from HCGH and Johns Hopkins Medicine celebrated the official groundbreaking of the hospital's new addition on Monday, Aug. 6. While construction is already underway, the hospital wanted to recognize all the people who have been working on the project since its inception more than six years ago. View more photos from the event.

Photo, featured from left to right: Ryan Brown (HCGH VP of Operations); Elizabeth Edsall Kromm (HCGH VP of Population Health and Advancement); Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman (HCGH Board of Trustees Vice Chairman); Sally MacConnell (Senior VP of Facilities of Johns Hopkins Health System); Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman; Steve Snelgrove (HCGH President); Paul Skalny (HCGH Board of Trustees Chairman); Shafeeq Ahmed (HCGH VP of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer); Mary Kay Sigaty (County Council Member); Calvin Ball (County Council Member); Doug Beigel (Howard Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman); Jon Weinstein - Howard County Council (County Council Member); and Francis Knott (Chairman of the JHM Facilities and Real Estate Development Committee)

Heavy Construction Begins

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Posted March 30, 2018

Over the past month, the general contractor for our campus construction project has been working in the Emergency Room parking lot, preparing the site for excavation.

Temporary fencing has been installed around the construction site and the canopy on the old ER walk-in entrance was removed. The contractor also has begun bringing equipment to our campus. In addition, based on feedback from our staff and patient and family advisory councils, improvements have been made to external and internal wayfinding. These improvements aim to clearly communicate the temporary ER entrance in our main lobby and help patients find their way once they are inside the hospital. Please remember that ER walk-in patients and visitors must use the hospital’s main entrance.
The next step is excavating the soil in the ER parking lot to make room for the new building. Digging will begin the week of April 2. There will be increased activity, including heavy equipment and more construction vehicle traffic at the hospital’s Little Patuxent Parkway entrance; therefore, we encourage patients and visitors to use the Cedar Lane or Hickory Ridge Road entrances, between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm on weekdays.

Next Phase of Construction Begins

Posted: March 1, 2018

This week, the next stage of construction began for the 48,000-square-foot addition that will bring much needed space to the hospital. The contractors are starting the necessary work to excavate the land outside the former Emergency Room entrance to create the foundation of the new building. The first step is to remove the existing canopy at the front of the ER entrance.

During the week of March 19, the contractor will be setting up construction trailers on-site. We anticipate more construction vehicle traffic at the hospital’s Little Patuxent Parkway entrance.

As you may remember, the addition is being built adjacent to the existing ER and will include a new observation unit and an inpatient psychiatry unit. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

Map after Nov 15Click to view campus map.

Emergency Room Entrance Moving Nov. 15

Posted: Nov 13, 2017

As the hospital and its emergency room undergo renovation, Howard County General Hospital will temporarily move the emergency entrance to the hospital’s main entrance starting Nov. 15. ER patients and visitors should enter the campus using the Cedar Lane entrance and park in designated lots adjacent to the hospital’s main entrance. Ambulances and helicopters will still use their existing entrance.


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