MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is planning to construct a new $70 million surgical facility. The construction is already underway and the projected end date is 2020.
The Maryland Health Care Commission approved the plans last week, according to the president of the hospital, Samuel Moskowitz. The 75,000-square-foot, two-story facility will feature 14 more innovative, 600-square-foot operating rooms and waiting room.
The hospital campus opened in 1969 and even though some of the operating rooms have been renovated periodically, they are still are not technologically advanced. The hospital’s operating rooms are currently divided into two “pods” and located in different areas of the facility.
The 35-year-old operating rooms will be utilized throughout the construction process. The plan is to move the Eastern Family Resource Center to a new location and demolish the building it is currently housed in to make room for the new surgical facility.
The new facility will consolidate pre-operative and post-operative services, as well as pre-admission testing. This will allow all of the surgical staff to work together more efficiently. A new 600-square-foot corridor will interlink the existing hospital and new facility together.
Hospital officials believe the demand for surgery will decrease in the future due to development of more outpatient surgical centers in the area.