Prince Frederick, MD – With hundreds of benefactors, medical professionals, and community leaders flooding the newly constructed patient tower lobby, a June 12 ribbon cutting ceremony marked completion to the largest expansion in the history of CalvertHealth.
The recent 43,575-square-foot addition to the CalvertHealth Medical Center(CHMC) consists of a new lobby, outpatient service areas for patients in need of ongoing care, and a new gift shop. However, the most notable part of the expansion is the addition of two, all-private, 20-bed units on second and third levels designed for medical-surgical patients.
“This is about the patients of Calvert County and the providers who take care of them,” CalvertHealth President and CEO Dean Teague said in his welcoming remarks. “These private rooms are newly built on the medical and surgical floors and are identified so that patients can be in a room by themselves or with a family member…. This makes such a difference for our patients, their family members our physicians and our care team.”
Additionally, Teague noted how each new room has been equipped with a trundle bed to allow family members the opportunity to stay overnight more comfortably with their loved ones. Each new room will also boast a plethora of windows, a 49-inch TV, and a Hill-Rom Centrella™ Smart+Bed which was heavily endorsed by many caretakers inside the hospital.
Also in attendance was Calvert County Commissioners’ President Tim Hutchins who alongside the Chair of Calvert Health System’s Board of Directors, Terri Wolfley, were designated as the keynote speakers. Calvert County Commissioners Kelly McConkey and Buddy Hance were also in attendance.
We look forward to the continued growth of the medical campus here in Calvert County. It’s one of the strengths not only of Calvert County but of the entire region. It is one of the gems that we have not only because you are one of the largest employers, but because of the services that you render and I see that continue on in the future and continuing to build on the legacy that started 100 years ago in a white building down there on Church Street that was the first general hospital in Calvert County.”
Following his speech, Hutchins and his present colleagues of the Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation to CalvertHealth in recognition of their “100 years of significant contributions to the community.”
Since the project’s groundbreaking on Sept. 14, 2017, the “Building on a Century of Care Capital Campaign” has raised over $3.4 million from over a thousand different donors. While these new private rooms have been slated to begin circulation of use on July 2, there is still planned renovations to an additional 32,910-square-feet inside the CHMC. The entire project is projected to conclude sometime in 2020.