Construction is progressing as scheduled on renovations to critical care service areas at Frederick Health Hospital, according to a hospital spokesman. 

The $45.8 million Critical Care Project remains on budget, spokesman Josh Faust said, and involves three floors in one wing of the hospital, where the facility’s emergency department is currently located. The expansion is tentatively scheduled to be open to the public by late 2023, Faust wrote in an email last week.

As of last week, the “ReEnvisioning Critical Care Campaign” — an initiative started by the hospital in 2019 to raise money in support of the expansion project — had brought in more than $6.6 million, Faust wrote. According to the hospital’s website, the campaign’s goal is to raise $14.75 million. It will continue raising funds until 2024.

The hospital had been planning for the expansion since before the pandemic, Frederick Health Vice President of Development Robin Rose told the News-Post in an interview earlier this year.

“We realized that there was an increasing need for critical care services in the hospital. We’re a growing and aging community,” she said at the time. “COVID has reinforced what a great decision it was to expand our critical care.”

In a recent email, Faust summarized the components of the renovations. The hospital is redesigning and expanding its emergency department to integrate care, improve access and increase the number of patient care spaces, Faust wrote. According to the hospital’s website, of Maryland’s 47 hospitals, the ER at Frederick Health is the seventh busiest. It cares for an average of 200 adults and 40 children every day.

Enhancements to the emergency department will include a new triage area, a new pediatric unit located on the first floor that will provide care to children in need of emergency and inpatient care, a larger check-in area and an expanded emergency behavioral health unit that will serve both adult and pediatric patients.

The renovations also include an expansion of the hospital’s intensive care unit, which was last updated nearly 20 years ago and is often at capacity during periods of high demand, according to the hospital’s website. During the 2019 fiscal year, the unit cared for more than 3,500 people, or about eight to 18 patients per day.

The hospital is also enhancing its interventional cardiology unit to increase capacity of existing services and prepare for future growth, Faust wrote. This new unit is being built as a third-floor expansion, above the facility’s emergency department and intensive care unit.

Since the hospital is currently an active construction site, Faust advised patients and visitors to pay attention to posted signage, parking restrictions and detours.

According to the hospital’s website, since last September, patients and visitors have been advised to access the emergency department from Park Place instead of Toll House Avenue. All other patients and visitors should access the hospital from Emma Smith Way.

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(11) comments

gary4books

I am interested in what has changed at the old State Farm building on Monocacy. It will be a significant health care facility for us at Mill Island and the growing North Side.

C.D.Reid

It seems like the work on that hospital is neverending. Nothing is left of the original part which used to face Trail Avenue and that's a real shame, it was such a beautiful, stately building. I remember getting my first stitches in the summer of '61 in the old emergency room which, I believe, was a small, detached brick building at the corner of Park Ave. and the street immediately in front of the original hospital, there's a parking lot there now. I used to keep a list of each time I received stitches, right up until the 22nd or 23rd time, then I quit adding to it. And that was decades, and many stitches, ago.

Greg F

The Mayberry days around most places are long gone…if they ever existed. I’d rather get care in a modern and clean, well equipped and staffed facility…though sometimes it seems medical facilities are all about the Benjamins lately.

C.D.Reid

You start off with saying "the Mayberry days around most places are long gone," and immediately follow it with "if they ever existed." So, which is it, did they or did they not exists? And if you don't remember those kind of days in Frederick County years ago, then you're either too young to, or you're just another transplant so, again, which is it? And, FYI, FMH is a modern, clean, well equipped and staffed facility. It was back then just as it is today. Out of the approximately nine months that I've spent hospitalized for broken bones, infections, surgeries and procedures, the vast majority of that time was in FMH so I'm speaking from experience, are you?

Dwasserba

I’m sure FMH was always suitably modern within whatever era or this wouldn’t be happening now. I’ve only been here since 79 but spent 10 years as a child with my parents working in a PA “wilds” hospital during its heyday, which ended. It’s now part of a larger system with truncated services, which is a practical solution but a significant adjustment where commuting even ten minutes is not common, while other hospitals have flat-out closed. FHH is improving and expanding. Whew. Count our blessings.

artandarchitecture

Frederick County is large enough that It could use another hospital in town to compete with FMH.

C.D.Reid

"Compete" is an accurate way to put it; medicine today is just as much a business as it is a professional practice.

Dwasserba

There already are other surgical locations. And “in town” - why. So many people live other places.

mgoose806

Do you have $400,000,000 and piece of property to put a 400,000+ square foot building and parking lot?. Not to mention at least 3,000 clinical and non- clinical to staff it? South County residents can always go to one of two Hospital in Montgomery County. Both right off 270.

eyeball

I very much agree. Last week I accompanied my 91 year old father who was in considerable distress to the ED. He waited SEVEN hours to be seen. Three more for the workup and sent home at 2 am. It was a nightmare. The waiting room was packed, dirty, and full of sorry souls like us. Another alternative to FMH would be welcome.

gary4books

That maybe the plan for the building on Monocacy (State Farm) that has been under renovation. I have also waited at the Hospital on 7th for hours when we were in distress, but not in danger.

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