2 hospitals will open medical offices General and Sinai to grow in Eldersburg

June 27, 1996|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Carroll County General Hospital and Sinai Hospital plan to open medical offices within a few blocks of each other in Eldersburg, a growing area now served only by Sinai's walk-in clinic and several private physicians.

The hospitals are expanding services to meet the health-care needs of the region's growing populace. Eldersburg's population has grown 21 percent since 1990 to 22,485. The nearest hospitals are Carroll County General in Westminster and Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown.

"What we want to do is keep primary care in the community, and not have patients travel downtown" unless they need to be admitted to the hospital, said Neil M. Meltzer, senior vice president at Sinai Hospital, which is in Northwest Baltimore.

Sinai, which bought the LibertyMed walk-in clinic in Eldersburg in September, plans to build a 24,000-square-foot office on a 5.3-acre tract north of the intersection of Liberty Road and Route 32.

The building, which eventually could be expanded to 40,000 square feet, will house the relocated LibertyMed clinic, office space for specialists, a pharmacy and radiology service. The project will cost about $2 million.

Carroll County General Hospital plans to build a 30,000-square-foot office on a 4-acre lot at the northeast corner of Route 32 and Progress Way, a few blocks north of the Sinai building.

The facility will house offices for primary-care physicians and specialists and a blood test laboratory. The project will cost about $3.7 million.

Gill Chamblin, a hospital spokeswoman, said she didn't know whether the office would offer pre-admission testing for hospital patients.

Representatives from both hospitals said they are not competing for patients in Eldersburg, one of the fastest-growing areas of the county.

The region, they said, is large enough to accommodate both facilities.

"We actually feel fairly warmly toward Carroll County Hospital," Meltzer said. "They're a colleague and partner in Atlantic Health," an alliance of nine Baltimore area hospitals.

"I think what they're doing is very wise," he said.

Chamblin said the move into Eldersburg wasn't prompted by Sinai's planned building but by a long-time goal to "consolidate our doctors down there."

She said no date has been set on the building's opening because the project has not received the necessary county approval.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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