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A ambulance arrives at the entrance of Frederick Health Hospital’s emergency department on West Seventh Street Thursday. The hospital on Monday night received approval from the city Planning Commission for a three-story addition of nearly 40,000 square feet.

Frederick Health Hospital received approval from the city’s Planning Commission to move forward with plans for a nearly 40,000-square-foot addition.

The addition, which received unanimous approval for the final site plan at a Planning Commission meeting Monday, will add 39,890 square feet to address capacity needs in the emergency department, intensive care unit and cardiac catheterization lab.

Approval of the final site plan required a modification to allow the hospital to use off-site parking to accommodate the need for more spots. The expansion increased the required number of parking spaces to 1,594, and the hospital has a total of 1,568 on-site. But the hospital also owns a lot at 800 Toll House Ave., which has 29 spaces, and will make up the difference. The Planning Commission approved the adjustment unanimously.

Joe Ceci, of Fox & Associates, who is the applicant on the project, said the space was needed to address current needs at the hospital, not to bring new services or new staff to the hospital.

“[Frederick Health] has experienced considerable growth in these service areas and this hospital expansion is required to better serve the residents in Frederick County,” Ceci wrote in a letter to planning staff.

Because the expansion is required to address a current need, the hospital didn’t anticipate any more trips being made to the hospital, and therefore received an exception to the city’s public facilities ordinance for added roads.

The three-floor addition will be made up of a 13,860-square-foot first-floor expansion to the pediatric emergency department. The pediatric emergency department is currently on the second floor, so the addition will allow the pediatric and adult emergency departments to operate on alongside each other.

The second-floor addition will be a 12,840-square-foot add-on to consist of 20 critical care rooms. And the third floor will get a 13,190-square-foot addition to add three cardiac catheterization procedure rooms. Those rooms are in a different part of the hospital.

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Allen Etzler is a city editor at the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at aetzler@newspost.com.

(12) comments

FyremanEd

Why not just open a second hospital. Frederick is large enough to support it.

collinsm65

They need to renovate their name back to something that doesn't sound so ridiculous.

vjhughes

I agree. In the grand scheme of things, I guess the name of the hospital doesn’t really matter one way or another, but I laugh every time I see or hear that name.

WalkTheTown

YES!

Ruthcf

How many extra parking spaces are you going to add??

WalkTheTown

Answer needed here.

Frayou

Understand the County has been growing, the senior community as well. Seems like every time you turn around this organization is expanding or building a new facility. Just hope they are not compromising quality care in the process, suggesting the bigger an organization gets leads to potentially losing control.

awteam2000

I hadn’t been in Frederick Memorial Hospital for 20 years when my son’s leg was broken in a soccer game collision the service was horrible. Last November, we had to take my mother there after she suddenly fainted. Now 99. The care was excellent. I was impressed.

WalkTheTown

I had to go to the ER with a heart problem and I received good, attentive care. I had no issues.

sevenstones1000

Cleaning the space they already have would be nice. Just a thought.

richardlyons

Please explain.

threecents

What I saw was beautiful when I went in recently for outpatient services.

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