Carroll Hospital Center to grow

April 02, 2006

Carroll Hospital Center soon will begin a $28 million expansion and renovation project after the March 15 approval of a certificate of need by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

This expansion includes a two-level addition to the southeastern part of the hospital campus to increase the number of licensed operating rooms from five to eight.

The hospital also will add 24 private medical/surgical beds in south wing of the fifth floor of the bed tower, which was built in 2003.

The project will total 53,680 square feet, including 22,325 square feet of existing space that will be renovated. The need for additional surgical space has been a priority as inpatient operating room cases increased from 2,319 in fiscal 2001 to 3,133 in fiscal 2005, hospital officials said.

"Construction of these state-of-the-art [operating rooms] will accommodate the space requirements associated with the specialized equipment specific to our expanding array of specialized surgeries," said David Horn, vice president of marketing and business development.

Upon completion of the expansion, the number of operational beds at Carroll Hospital Center will increase from 188 to 212. All the new beds will be in private rooms.

The project is expected to begin immediately. Renovation on the fifth-floor inpatient unit should be finished by July and construction of the surgical suites by July 2008.

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