Clinic, center for surgery planned in Hanover

March 22, 2007|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,Sun Reporter

Baltimore Washington Medical Center has signed a deal to open a clinic with an ambulatory surgery center in Hanover to serve the growing market in western Anne Arundel County, hospital officials announced yesterday.

The center, which will also include a radiology suite, physical therapy center and primary care and specialty physician offices, will be in a150,000-square-foot building at Route 100 near Arundel Mills mall. The project is expected to be completed by fall of 2008.

The Glen Burnie hospital will initially lease about 63,000 square feet at a cost of about $2 million for the first year, and sublease space to physicians. Retailers will occupy the building's ground floor.

The hospital aims to tap into the population boom around Fort Meade as part of the national military base realignment and closure process, which is expected to add about 5,000 households to the county and at least 40,000 jobs to the state over the next five years.

"That part of Anne Arundel County is experiencing phenomenal growth," said Jim Walker, president and chief executive officer of BWMC. "And we think the growth there is going to generate a need for medical services and we wish to be there."

About 30 physicians will practice out of the facility, which adds up to about 60,000 office visits per year, Walker said.

The project is a joint venture with JPB Enterprises Inc. in Columbia, Holland Properties Inc. in Hanover and Baltimore-based Linden Associates.

In addition to the Hanover project, Baltimore Washington Medical Center is expected to open a $112 million patient tower in 2008 that will include an expanded emergency department, an obstetrics wing and additional surgical patient beds.

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