The University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine are building a $56 million ambulatory care center on the medical center’s Midtown Campus.
Leaders of the medical center and school announced yesterday that UMMC has received regulatory approval to build a 10-story, 200,000-square-foot ambulatory care center in place of an older building on the midtown campus, formerly known as Maryland General Hospital.
The project, officially called a “regional center of excellence for population health improvement and chronic disease management,” is a partnership between the medical center and the school. It has been designed to provide “outpatient and care coordination services” to patients with chronic diseases so they don’t have to stay in the hospital overnight as often.
“This new state-of-the-art ambulatory care center will meet the long-term health care needs of our community, the region and the state,” said Mohan Suntha, the medical center’s president and CEO, in a statement. “We are committed to responding to critical patient needs in the community and implementing new models of care to meet evolving health care demands.”
According to the university, the center will enhance patients’ access to care for chronic diseases, improving their health outcomes and reducing their need for frequent hospital admissions.
The result, planners say, will be improved quality of care for patients and lower associated care costs. The center will also help address health disparities among Baltimore residents for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, obesity, HIV, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, by providing primary and sub-specialty care.
“The new center is the ideal blend of academic and community medicine in the outpatient setting,” said E. Albert Reece, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland, in a statement. “This is just the latest in a series of efforts we are undertaking to improve the health of our community.”
The center will be located at the intersection of Madison and Linden avenues at the site of the current Gatch Building on Linden Avenue, slated for demolition in spring 2017.
It will have five clinical floors, five floors for parking and a conference center. Outpatient services will include diabetes and endocrinology, infectious disease, pulmonary disease, cardiac care and gastrointestinal care. A community health education center will offer disease-specific health information as well as education about improved lifestyle habits. University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty physicians and community physicians will provide services.
The University of Maryland Medical Center consists of two hospitals in Baltimore: an 800-bed teaching hospital — the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System — and a 200-bed community teaching hospital, known as the UMMC Midtown Campus.
UMMC is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, diabetes and endocrinology, women’s and children’s health and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the flagship hospital are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
CR Goodman Associates is the architect for the ambulatory care center. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be complete in 2019.