Carroll outpatient care facility up and running

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Carroll Hospital Center has opened its 8,000-square-foot, $1.7 million outpatient center, which hospital officials say will give residents more in-county treatment options for chronic ailments.

The opening of the center ushers in the last phase of the Westminster hospital's $80 million renovation project, which broke ground in June 2002.

The first phase, finished during the summer, includes a larger emergency department, a four-story tower with 72 private rooms, a new front entrance and lobby, and a gift shop.

The outpatient center has taken over the space vacated when the emergency department relocated to the hospital's new wing. Officials said the center puts five in-demand services under one roof: wound care, a diabetes program, a cardiac rehabilitation program, a pulmonary rehabilitation program and an anti-coagulation clinic.

Officials said the center combines consultation services with clinical treatment - from custom programs designed to foster healthier eating and strengthening the heart and lungs, to cutting-edge technology targeting chronic wounds.

"This is not just about treating the wound but about treating the whole person," said Teresa Fletcher, the hospital's director of marketing and public relations.

The center opened in phases, with patients beginning to use the anti-coagulation clinic and the diabetes and cardiac programs in October.

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