Hospital project gets big donation

April 30, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

A former Anne Arundel County executive has donated $2 million to help finance a major expansion of Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The gift from Robert A. Pascal kicks off a $12 million, two-year capital campaign announced Thursday by the Glen Burnie hospital.

The $112 million project calls for a six-story patient tower, obstetrics unit and an expanded emergency department.

Pascal's contribution will go toward the women's center, which will include the new obstetrics unit and is scheduled to open in 2008. The center will be named in memory of his daughter, Robin Elizabeth Pascal, who died of heart failure at age 38 in 2002.

"The medical center has developed into one of the most effective medical teams in the area," Pascal said. "They're doing a fantastic job for the whole region, and I'm just proud to be a small part of it."

The Delivering the Future campaign will be the largest ever undertaken by Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

"I'm very optimistic that the community is going to support this expansion project with charitable gifts," said Beth Peters, vice president for development at the hospital.

The fundraising efforts will be led by Joe Aiello, owner of J.B.A. Chevrolet and J.B.A. Mitsubishi in Glen Burnie and J.B.A. Infiniti in Ellicott City; and Kent Schwab, owner of Allstate Kent Schwab Agency in Baltimore. Both men are on the hospital foundation's board of directors.

"The medical center already provides excellent care to its patients. The addition of the new tower and new services will help BWMC become one of the most comprehensive community hospitals in the state," Schwab said.

Construction is to begin next month. The tower will include 111 patient beds, including 24 in intensive care. The 18-bed obstetrics program will span the third floor of the existing patient tower and the new patient tower. It will be part of the women's center, which will also include a comprehensive outpatient center. Once the tower is complete, the medical center will have 335 beds.

The 15,000-square-foot emergency department expansion will include 17 additional treatment rooms and is scheduled for completion in early 2008.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center, part of the University of Maryland Medical System, has 278 beds and more than 2,400 employees. It cares for more than 172,000 patients a year.

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