Medical center unveils plans for new Parole hospital Officials hope to raise $15 million toward cost

March 01, 1998|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel Medical Center moved one step closer to its inevitable move out of Annapolis Friday when hospital officials unveiled plans for a new building on Jennifer Road and launched their largest fund-raising campaign.

Hospital officials, who hope to raise about $15 million of the $65 million cost of the project, displayed architects' models for about 200 community leaders at Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street. They expect to complete the move from the buildings on Franklin Street to the 104-acre medical park in Parole by 2002.

Hillard Donner, owner of Mills Wine and Spirits at the City Dock and chairman of the hospital's "New Century of Caring" campaign, said his committee has raised $8 million.

"I am honored at the chance to help lead the campaign and to work with people in the community who will volunteer their time, talent and money to make this important community project lTC reality," said Donner, who contributed the first $1 million to the fund.

In recognition of that donation, AAMC will name its community health pavilion after his parents, 100-year-old Joseph Donner and his late wife, Rose.

"There will not be another opportunity in my lifetime to contribute to a project that will touch the lives of so many people," Hillard Donner said.

Several other community leaders also pledged support for the hospital move.

Groups that made advance pledges to AAMC include:

Auxiliary of AAMC, $2.5 million;

Anne Arundel Health System Inc. board of trustees, $600,000;

AAMC medical staff, $310,000

Other corporations and financial institutions donated $800,000.

The project will include a six-story hospital and a 700-car parking garage to be built off U.S. 50.

The medical park holds the Edwards Surgical Pavilion, an outpatient surgery center that averages 500 patients a month; a community health pavilion; the Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion for women and newborns; a medical office pavilion; an oncology and radiologic center; a breast treatment center; and a blood donation center.

City officials have supported the hospital move, but they also are worried about losing 1,800 high-paying jobs downtown. That would affect downtown restaurants and shops, which depend on that business. AAMC is the city's third-largest employer.

The move also will leave the city without a full-service hospital for the first time since 1902, when Anne Arundel General Hospital moved into the historic district.

Two committees were created last year to come up with ideas on what to do with the building that takes up the entire block surrounded by Franklin, Cathedral, South and Shaw streets, and to oversee the move.

Ideas under consideration include using the site for physician services, assisted-living housing, office space, retail space, a walk-in health care center and an urgent care center.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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