Hopkins unveils Key Pavilion, renames eastern site Bayview

April 27, 1994|By Patricia Meisol | Patricia Meisol,Sun Staff Writer

A decade after taking over the former Baltimore City Hospitals with a promise to provide high-quality care, officials of what was until yesterday the Francis Scott Key Medical Center unveiled a state-of-the-art patient care tower in a step toward fulfillment of that pledge.

The $60 million facility, one of the largest built in Maryland in recent years, will house 221 of 315 acute-care beds on the Southeast Baltimore campus of the Johns Hopkins Health System. At a dedication yesterday, the campus officially changed its name to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

"The philosophy has been to spend new construction dollars on the high-tech programs we have," said Ronald Peterson, president and chief executive officer of Bayview.

Starting next week, hospital staff will begin moving 23,000 pieces of equipment, including the beds, to the six-story facility, which will house the Baltimore Regional Burn Center and upgraded acute-care facilities for cardiac care, geriatrics and a surgical intensive-care unit. Patients will be moved beginning in the next month, with full occupancy slated for June. The patient tower itself will be called the Francis Scott Key Pavilion.

It is a showcase of the latest trend in hospital design to improve patient care: Each floor in the new acute-care tower has its own pharmacy, laboratory and other specialized services once found in the bowels of a hospital. The location of these services nearer the patients is aimed at reducing waiting time and speeding recovery. Such efficiency is intended to reduce the time a patient spends in the hospital, as well as costs.

Bayview is part of the Johns Hopkins Health System, which includes Johns Hopkins Hospital and a second company, Johns Hopkins Medical Services Inc., that consists of doctors on contract to provide health care to members of Prudential Health Care Plan.

Bayview's profits rose 85 percent in 1993, to $3.7 million, on revenues of $157 million. Unlike the trend at other Maryland hospitals, occupancy is stable and relatively high -- 73 percent compared with less than 70 percent statewide. Mr. Peterson said he expects market share and occupancy to grow because of the new facility.

Most doctors at Bayview are full-time faculty at Hopkins, the hospital president said, "but the drag has been older facilities."

The combination of Hopkins faculty and newer quarters will boost admissions, Mr. Peterson said, and pay for the debt and interest from the new building.

The cost can't be passed to the public under an agreement with state regulators to operate at fixed levels in exchange for permission to build the facility.

Hopkins acquired the hospital from the city a decade ago with the promise that it would provide a high level of care to the Southeast Baltimore community.

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