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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center opens $80 million surgical pavilion next week

MedStar Health has completed work on a new $80 million surgical pavilion at its Franklin Square Medical Center in eastern Baltimore County.
MedStar Health has completed work on a new $80 million surgical pavilion at its Franklin Square Medical Center in eastern Baltimore County. (Courtesy of MedStar Health)

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has completed work on its $80 million surgical pavilion, capping a decadelong project to modernize the hospital in eastern Baltimore County.

The 82,000-square-foot pavilion is attached to the existing patient tower by a concourse and contains 14 state-of-the-art surgical suites that will be open to patients Monday.

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Officials said they aimed for the latest surgical and safety technologies as well as patient and family comfort with the design — there is robotic equipment in the suites and a waterfall in the waiting room.

The pavilion includes 20 post-anesthesia care units, a future transplant and perfusion room, preoperative administration space, private consultation rooms, nurses stations and a pre-admission testing area that could come in handy during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“The rooms are designed for the newest robotics and imaging technology, but also are designed to integrate future technology‚” said Dr. David Stein, MedStar Health’s regional chief of surgery, in a statement.

A hybrid surgical room at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center's new $80 million surgical pavilion.
A hybrid surgical room at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center's new $80 million surgical pavilion. (Courtesy of MedStar Health)

“The pavilion design is uniquely developed so that patients and families or visitors can easily navigate from parking to arrival, to registration, to recovery,” Stein said. “Everything about the surgical experience is patient-centered.”

The pavilion broke ground in 2018 and is the last phase of a $300 million investment that MedStar has made in Franklin Square over the past decade that also included the new patient tower and emergency department.

MedStar has 10 hospitals in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and like other systems has had to consider spending during the pandemic, including on capital projects. Hospitals around the state have lost revenue because they had to curtail elective procedures in favor of pandemic preparedness. Those procedures have now largely resumed.

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