Bethesda, Md.—Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine serving residents throughout Montgomery County and the greater Washington region, is pleased to announce the opening of its 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art clinical addition—the Suburban Hospital North Building—on March 2, 2020.
The new building comprises 108 private patient rooms, 14 high-tech operating rooms with robotic technology, two interventional cardiovascular labs, a patient and family resource center and new visitor lounge. Additional enhancements include a new main entrance with a soaring, window-filled atrium and lobby connecting the North and South buildings through a light-filled concourse. The North Building also includes a new Education and Conference Center and improved traffic flow and pedestrian access to the campus. A parking garage with more than 1,100 spaces opened in August 2017. All elements of the building are designed to promote health and well-being.
The opening of the North Building marks the completion of a five-year campus transformation project, with support from private donors providing nearly $65 million of the project’s $270 million cost. A lead philanthropic investment of $10 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation continues a long history of generosity from the Clark Foundation to Suburban Hospital and both Johns Hopkins Medicine and University.
“We are grateful to the Clark Foundation — and all of our benefactors — for their philanthropic support of our efforts to ensure that people across the Greater Washington area have access to the care they need in a setting that supports recovery and healing,” says Jacky Schultz, Suburban Hospital president. The North Building’s new atrium will be named to honor A. James & Alice B. Clark.
“For the past 75 years, Suburban Hospital has touched the lives of many residents throughout Montgomery County and the surrounding communities,” noted Schultz. “The new addition empowers Suburban to further expand its clinical capabilities and leadership as the hospital of choice in Montgomery County. Our community will benefit from having access to the very best patient-and-family-centered care, both close to home and throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine.”
According to Schultz, the new addition offers a flexible building design that includes a medical unit that converts to an intensive care unit and a fourth floor equipped with a separate ventilation system, if needed, to prevent the spread of a pandemic like the flu.
Currently about half of the patient rooms in the South Building are semi-private. As patients are moved to the new private rooms in the North Building, rooms in the original South building will transition to all private patient rooms. The new building also adds updated surgery and procedure rooms, a patient and family resource center and new spaces for clinicians to confer with each other and with patients.
“The Suburban Hospital Campus Expansion is driven by the needs of our patients and community,” said Schultz. “Our patients will have access to the latest medical technology that is incorporated into the operating rooms and elsewhere. They will also benefit from an enhanced experience at Suburban within a new building expressly designed for their comfort and care.”