Hopkins' satellite scores success Expansion: Johns Hopkins' outpatient services at Green Spring Station have done so well that the institution is doubling the size of its Baltimore County facility.

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January 29, 1998|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

A 3-YEAR-OLD effort by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions to create a satellite medical facility in Baltimore County has proven to be such a success that Hopkins is doubling the facility's size. The Baltimore health care provider is putting the finishing touches on Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station Pavilion II, a four-story, 75,000-square-foot medical facility that is a mirror image of the building Hopkins opened in 1994 at 10755 Falls Road.

Hopkins controls another 25,000 square feet at the Falls Concourse, a third building at the Green Spring Station retail and office complex at Falls and Joppa roads.

All the space is used for outpatient service -- medical treatment that does not require patients to stay in hospital beds overnight. The 175,000- square-foot complex makes Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station "if not the largest, one of the largest freestanding outpatient centers in the Baltimore-Washington area," according to Gill Wylie, director of ambulatory services development for Hopkins.

"It's one-stop shopping" for medical services, and it's in a "great location" near the Beltway and Interstate 83, he said. "People like coming to a place where they can do everything at once."

When Hopkins constructed Pavilion I in 1994, the plan was to create an outpost in the suburbs to serve people who were not likely to go to Hopkins' medical campus in East Baltimore, while providing a wide range of services that would help patients avoid costly overnight hospital stays.

The first building was a joint venture of the Johns Hopkins Health System (now called Johns Hopkins Medicine) and the faculty physicians of Hopkins' School of Medicine. It contains areas for primary care, eye care, cardiology and women's health, all with free parking.

At Pavilion I, private doctors' offices and the university's consultation practice are joined by radiology and laboratory services, an optician, a pharmacy and a branch of Patient First, an "urgent care" center capable of treating illnesses and injuries of patients who don't have an appointment. The space went so quickly that Hopkins leased part of the Falls Concourse to accommodate the overflow.

As a result of the response to Pavilion I, the same joint venture of Hopkins and its physicians and affiliates arranged last year to lease its 75,000-square-foot twin, which was constructed in the early 1990s.

The building previously was occupied by a state agency, the Office of Administrative Hearings. It moved to Hunt Valley when its lease expired in 1996.

Hopkins leased the building and renovated it to house medical services, including orthopedics, gynecology and obstetrics, and Hopkins' infertility service.

Other services in place or soon to open include an outpatient rehabilitation facility; a radiation therapy suite; a dialysis center; and a branch of Johns Hopkins' Home Care Group. More than half of Pavilion II is open, and the building will be fully occupied by June.

Hopkins owns Pavilion I, which cost $12 million to build, and is leasing Pavilion II from Mullan Enterprises.

Hopkins and its physicians and affiliates are investing about $12 million to renovate and equip Pavilion II, Wylie said.

Mullan Contracting Co. is the general contractor for the renovations and Kann & Associates is the architect.

Wylie said Hopkins has been pleased with the support it has received from its immediate neighbors, homeowners who typically oppose plans for additional development in Green Spring Valley.

One sign of the community's support, Wylie said, is that Hopkins wanted to construct a 2,500-square-foot addition to Pavilion II to house its radiation therapy suite.

The immediate neighbors have restrictive covenants that give them legal authority to block construction at Green Spring Station, but they approved the project.

"The community has been very positive," Wylie said. "We're seen as being very positive to the residents of the community. They use Patient First. They see our physicians. We don't have a feeling that we're not wanted."

William Whitmarsh, a representative of the Meadows of Green Spring, one of the communities that could have blocked construction, said residents are wary of additional retail development in the area but pleased that Hopkins is expanding.

"They have outpatient services" that the community can use, he said. "They're going to be great neighbors."

With Hopkins occupying Pavilions I and II, "There's no danger of any more retail stores," he added.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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