Responding to growing numbers of patients, Greater Baltimore Medical Center plans to begin work in March on a $44 million renovation and expansion that will result in increased services, particularly in obstetrics, acute care and surgery.
Donald G. Loftus, executive vice president of the medical center, said the work will be financed by gifts, depreciation and future earnings and is needed to meet a "tremendous demand" for inpatient services.
"We're had increases in our market share and the number of patients we've served every year for the past five years," he said. "This will be the largest single development we've undertaken since the original development of the hospital. It's almost like building a new hospital."
Once the work is completed in September 1992, the medical center, at 6701 N. Charles St. in Towson, will be able to accommodate 8,000 births a year -- up from 4,500 a year now, which is already the most of any hospital in the Baltimore area, according to GBMC.
The hospital also will be able to perform 29,000 inpatient and outpatient operations a year, up from 25,000 now, the most of any hospital in Maryland, GBMC said.
When the expansion is completed, the 352-bed medical center will have 126 renovated beds in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology, intensive care and critical care. The number of operating rooms will increase to 16 from 13, and labor and delivery rooms, nursery bassinets and neonatal intensive-care bassinets will be added.
In all, there will be 175,000 square feet of new construction and 80,000 square feet of renovated space.
Already approved by state regulatory agencies, the project will not interrupt service because remodeling of existing areas will not begin until after the new areas are in service, Mr. Loftus said.
The project also will not result in an increase in the number of inpatient beds, although it gives the medical center the capacity to add beds if there is demand for them, he said.
RTKL Associates is the architect, and J. Vinton Schaefer and Sons is the general contractor for the renovations and additions. The physicians' office building was designed by Loebl Schlossman Hackl of Chicago and Cochran Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc. of Baltimore.
The hospital also hopes to build by mid-1993 a $13 million, 110,000-square-foot office building for physicians and a $6 million, 800-car garage. Those projects would bring its proposed investment for capital improvements to $63 million.