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.