A $1.5 million expansion of Franklin Square Hospital Center's emergency department gets under way tomorrow with groundbreaking ceremonies for a project that is expected to nearly double the size of the hospital's emergency room.
The project is expected to be completed in two phases, with a newly constructed waiting room area to open in April 1992 and a renovated emergency area to be completed by October 1992. The construction will allow the emergency department to grow from 10,000 square feet to 18,500 square feet, officials said. The number of patient treatment sections will increase from 23 to 29.
The community hospital treats about 53,000 emergency patients each year, and officials said the expansion will allow for more patient privacy, a significantly larger waiting room and a space for children to play.
Also, the emergency area's new floor plan is expected to make for more efficient communication between patients, families and emergency staff members. Each examination room will have a computer terminal that will also assist in faster communication.
Marshall Craft Associates Inc. is project architect for the expansion. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is construction manager.
Hospital officials said there will be no disruption of emergency room service while the expansion is under way.
Currently, about 1,144 patients arrive at Franklin Square by ambulance per month.
Data compiled for the hospital show the population in eastern Baltimore County and in Harford County, the geographic areas served by the hospital, has grown 10 percent during the past 10 years and will grow an additional 6 percent by 1995, said Fran Kellecher, a hospital spokewomen.
Footings were being put in place last weekend for a new Nordstorm store scheduled for Towsonstown Centre. The Seattle-based retailer is building a 225,000-square-foot department store at the mall. The four-level store is slated to open in August 1992.
Top Creation, an independent variety store, has sublet 1,800 square feet from Pearl Vision Inc. at 222 West Lexington St. in Lexington Mall in downtown Baltimore.