Officials at Garrett County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) recently unveiled plans for a new wing expansion and renovation project that will primarily focus on the enhancement and upgrade of all inpatient units in the facility.

Plans include the construction of a new, 19,504 square foot 4-story addition, as well as 41, 938 square feet of major renovations to approximately one third of the existing hospital building. This project will mark the first major architectural improvements to some of the inpatient rooms in the facility in 32 years, since a 1980 wing addition.

Officials noted that all inpatient units would be enhanced through this project including the Medical/Surgical unit, the Family Centered Maternity Suites, Intensive Care Unit, and the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit.   “There has been an evolution in the delivery of healthcare with a greater emphasis on patient privacy and safety during an inpatient stay,” commented Donald P. Battista, President and CEO of Garrett County Memorial Hospital. “Providing excellent care to the patients is our first priority. “

Slated to begin in the spring of 2013, the multiphase project is expected to be completed over a 36-38 month period ending in the summer of 2016. The plan overview includes the construction of eight new private rooms, which then allows existing semi-private rooms to also convert to private.  Patient rooms will see an increase in size to accommodate today’s new patient care technology.  The new wing and renovations to various hospital departments will enhance patient privacy and safety, as well as improve infection control management and overall efficiency to meet today’s current inpatient and outpatient care delivery demands.

All Hospital services will continue to be operational throughout the course of the construction.  Total cost of the project is expected to be $23.5 million dollars. Funding for the project will include philanthropy in addition to cash reserves and bonds co-signed by the County.  “This facility improvement plan should be sufficient to allow GCMH to serve the both the inpatient and outpatient needs of the area for the next 20-30 years”, said Battista.  “Combining efficient physical space with our excellent medical staff and hospital employees, and the latest clinical technology will enhance our ability to continue to provide our patients with the highest quality care possible”, added Battista.  “We are excited about assuring the continued availability of excellent healthcare services in our area for years to come”.     

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