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Suburban Hospital to Break Ground on First Phase of Major Campus Enhancement - 10/23/2014

Suburban Hospital to Break Ground on First Phase of Major Campus Enhancement

Release Date: October 23, 2014

Bethesda, Md., (Oct. 23, 2014) – The residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas are one step closer to having an enhanced Suburban Hospital that will advance the promise of medicine and serve the community’s health care needs for generations to come. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 p.m., the hospital will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking to initiate construction for the first phase of a campus enhancement plan that will transform the Suburban Hospital campus.

The plan’s first phase calls for the construction of a new garage and surface parking area to increase on-campus parking and improve traffic flow to better accommodate patients, visitors and staff.  The fully phased project will culminate in the construction of a new $225 million hospital enhancement, representing Suburban’s first major clinical addition in 35 years. The hospital design will support high-quality patient and family-centered care, advanced technology, translational research and medical education of future health care providers. 

“Suburban Hospital has a long and proud history of delivering excellent health care to our community,” said Suburban Hospital president, Gene E. Green, M.D. “With the upcoming onset of this new and ambitious phased campus enhancement, we will continue that legacy by providing our patients and their loved ones with the best care available delivered in a 21st century facility.” 

The comprehensive, multi-phase project is expected to take about five years to complete. Site work will begin in the fall of 2014 and construction of the hospital is slated to begin in the summer of 2017, with the opening planned for the fall of 2019 — timed to coincide with Suburban Hospital’s 75th anniversary.

 “This project is critical to the future of Suburban Hospital and to our ability to provide the level and quality of personalized care that our region deserves,” said David Silver, chair of the Suburban Hospital board of trustees.  “In addition to better serving our patients and families, the improved facilities will allow us to enhance our research and clinical care relationships and continue to advance the promise of medicine through the vision of Johns Hopkins Medicine.”  

When completed, the 300,000-square-foot enhancement will feature a sustainable green design built around the needs of the patients. All new patient rooms will be private for greater comfort and improved infection control and designed around the patient and family. Also featured are up-to-date operating rooms that are sized and designed to accommodate innovations in surgical care technology, such as MRI and robotics, while maintaining flexibility for the future. In addition to providing a unified campus with a new main entrance and lobby separate from the emergency and trauma entrance and helipad at the existing hospital building, the footprint will include landscaped gardens and other spaces for healing and respite. It also will include medical office space for specialty physicians.

The project is being funded by a combination of hospital reserves, tax-exempt bonds and significant support from the community. Fundraising for the project is ongoing though the Suburban Hospital Foundation.

“I am alive today because of the expertise available at Suburban Hospital, said John M. McMahon, chairman of Miller & Long Construction and a major Suburban donor. “Through our collective generosity, we can all help to ensure that this community resource continues to thrive and advance for the benefit of all those living and working in our region.” 

One such transformative gift came from the Washington, D.C.-based Bender Foundation. The foundation’s gift of $2.5 million will be used to establish the Sondra & Howard Bender Emergency/Trauma Center as well as to establish the Sondra D. Bender Fund for Nursing Excellence. A special ceremony dedicating the new emergency/trauma center will be held from on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., immediately prior to the groundbreaking ceremony.

“The generosity and vision of the Bender Foundation as well as the generosity and vision of many other donors play a critical role in fulfilling our commitment to our community,” said Green.” Our current patients will be the direct beneficiaries of their philanthropy, as well as generations to come.”

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About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and Northwest DC for more than 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with major health care organizations like the neighboring National Institutes of Health. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit


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