There will be a wallbreaking ceremony to celebrate the kick-off the final phase of construction on the new Emergency Department at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The event takes place Tuesday, December 3 at 4 p.m. When complete, the new Emergency Department will provide increased space and enhanced privacy for emergency patients. The department includes a two-bed trauma bay, nine private rooms separated by walls, four observation beds with full bathroom amenities and a private behavioral health patient room.
Work is under way to move the current Emergency Department and patient registration area to a temporary location during the construction process. As construction progresses, patients and visitors will see important changes to traffic patterns, parking, and patient care areas in and around the Medical Center.
Beginning in early December, the following changes will take place:
- After hours, all patients and visitors to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown will be directed to the temporary emergency entrance, located behind the hospital.
- The current temporary main entrance, including the roadway, parking area and entry doors, will be closed to traffic nightly, beginning at 8:00 p.m., and front doors will be locked. These areas will re-open daily at 5:00 a.m. for non-emergency patients.
- A portion of the Medical Center’s driveway has changed to a two-way traffic pattern. Signage will indicate new patterns. Patients and visitors should take the first left on Brown Street and travel to the back of the hospital building to access the Emergency Department. Deliveries and ambulances will continue to use the one-way portion of the driveway, located at the second entrance off Brown Street.
Around-the-clock patient care will continue throughout construction. To ensure the comfort and safety of staff and patients, nursing coverage in the emergency department is being increased throughout construction. The Emergency Department construction, which will cost $4.3 million, is funded in part by a grant from the state of Maryland. Additional funding support has been provided by the University of Maryland Medical System. Renovations are expected to be completed by late summer 2014.
For more information about this event or to RSVP, please contact Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.