Nursing home may help ease shortage Good Samaritan Health System plans $7.1 million, 127-bed home.


The Good Samaritan Health System, responding to an area shortage of beds for elderly patients, is building a $7.1 million, 127-bed nursing home on the grounds of its hospital in northeast Baltimore.

The 53,140-square-foot building is scheduled to open next spring. Hospital officials hope to expand the nursing home to 148 beds over the next eight years.

Officials of the Maryland Health Resources Planning Commission estimate that by 1994, the central Maryland region will need 1,700 nursing home beds in addition to the 12,800 already available. Central Maryland includes Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties.

Currently, the commission has approved projects adding 1,600 new beds to those already available. A majority of the projects is expected to be built by 1994. The commission must continuously monitor the progress of those projects because failure to build any of them could result in a shortage of beds, said James Stanton, commission executive director.

In addition, another 100 beds -- the equivalent of one nursing home -- must be added to the approved list, Stanton said.

The Good Samaritan nursing home project was approved by the commission in January 1990.

A contemporary two-story brick structure will be built on five acres that are part of the hospital grounds. While the hospital fronts on Loch Raven Boulevard, the nursing home will face Belvedere Avenue.

The nursing home grounds will include a 1-acre pond, walking trails, an open courtyard and flowering plants and trees, which will be installed as part of the project.

Designed by the architectural firm of Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc., the nursing home is being built by Atlantic Builders, which is also handling the landscaping. Both firms are based in Baltimore.

"It's our goal to build an attractive, modern and accessible facility that will provide quality and compassionate care," said J.A. Oakey, president of Good Samaritan Hospital. "The mission of the Good Samaritan Health System is to anticipate and satisfy the community's health- related needs."

The new nursing home is designed to create a "more homelike" environment for residents, said Janet Bouton, Good Samaritan vice president for planning and marketing.

The building, which will be staffed by approximately 100 workers, will divide its nursing units into three parts. Each unit will have its own dining room, activity room and bathing facilities.

Rather than long corridors, Bouton said, the hallways will be laid out in a doughnut shape to give less of an institutional appearance. Each short hallway will have its own seating area for patients.

Recently, other facilities catering to seniors have opened or are under construction in the Baltimore area.

The new Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center opened to patients this month, with a $17.1 million, six-story building on the campus of Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

And Timothy House, a 112-unit senior citizen rental community being built under a joint venture between Shelter Development Corp. and First Lutheran Church of Towson, is schedule to be completed in February 1992 in Baltimore County.

The Good SMARITAN hEALTH System also operates a senior citizen living facility, the two-year-old Belvedere Green in Baltiimore.

The following transactions were handled by the Real Estate firm Kenilworth Equities Ltd.

* Mark D. Neumann and Laura B. Black, Maryland attorneys, have leased 916 square feet of office space at 16 S. Calvert St. in Baltimore.

* University of Maryland has leased 3,600 square feet of office space at the Marlboro Square Building, 410 W. Lombard St. in Baltimore.

* Elliott Goldberg and Millard S. Rubenstein have leased 3,640 square feet of space at the Court Square Building, 200 E. Lexington St. in Baltimore.

* Raymond L. Miller has leased 755 square at 301 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.


The following transactions were handled by CB Commercial Real Estate firm.

* The Dark Room, a film processing center, has leased 500 square feet of retail space at 911 N. Charles St. Baltimore.

* House of Tropicals, a retail pet store, has leased 6,500 square feet of space at the Belair Beltway Plaza in Fullerton Heights.

* Hong Kong Taste, a Chinese restaurant, has leased 2,400 square feet at the Towson Center in Glen Burnie.


The following transactions were handled by the real estate firm of Casey & Associates.

* McLain Executive Benefit Plans, a financial services firm, has leased 1,900 square feet of space at 5840 Banneker Road in Columbia.

* Dr. Pamela Kapelowe, an obstetrician/gynecologist has leased 962 square feet of space at Grosvenor Century Plaza in Columbia.

* Adolescent and Group Counseling, a counseling firm, has renewed its lease of 861 square feet of space at Grosvenor Century Plaza in Columbia.

* Information Resources Inc., a marketing firm, has renewed its lease of 559 square feet of space at Grosvenor Century Plaza in Columbia.

* Anita Millison, a psychologist, has renewed her lease of 361 square feet of space at Grosvenor Century Plaza in Columbia.

* Cort & Associates, an aircraft brokerage firm, has leased 240 square feet of space at Grosvenor Century Plaza in Columbia.

* Irwin M. Sussman, an attorney, has renewed his lease of 1,000 square feet of space at the Chesapeake Building in Towson.

* Going Places Inc, a travel agency, has renewed its lease of 861 square feet at Inner Harbor Center in Baltimore.

* Tax Shop Inc., an accounting firm, has renewed its lease of 559 square feet of space at 117 Water Street in Baltimore.

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