The University of Maryland has broken ground on a Capital Region Medical Center in Largo as part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).
The $543m, 600,000 sq ft medical complex is expected to be opened in 2021. It will replace the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Centre (UM PGHC) in Cheverly.
The UMMS was affiliated with the former Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) in September to create the University of Maryland Capital Region Health.
The medical centre will be located adjacent to the Arena Drive exit off Interstate 495 and will include an 11-level main patient care tower, two roof-top helipads, 205 private in-patient rooms, 20-bed adult observation/short stay treatment area, 45-bay emergency department, eight operating rooms, and 15-bed specialty paediatric hospital operated by Mt Washington Paediatric Hospital.
The project will also include an ambulatory care centre and medical office space.
Core clinical programs and specialty centres include level II trauma centre, level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, cardiac STEMI/cardiac surgery centre, designated stroke centre, cancer program, critical care medicine, emergency services, neurosciences, orthopaedics and women’s services.
University of Maryland Medical System president and chief executive officer Robert A Chrencik said: “Today marks an important step in the journey to better serve the healthcare needs of Prince George’s County.
“In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, we are making great strides in improving health care delivery, and we are energised and inspired to build a premier healthcare facility about which all Marylanders can be proud.”
Prince George’s County, the State of Maryland, the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System signed a memorandum of understanding in 2011 to develop a comprehensive plan for strengthening healthcare in the county.