Surgical Pavilion

Transforming Surgical Care Surgical Pavilion Under Construction and Set to Open in Fall 2020

In 2020, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center will open a new two-story, 82,000 square foot surgical pavilion that will house 14 larger and more modern operating suites all with a focus on high quality clinical care, teaching and the patient experience. This uniquely designed structure will allow MedStar Franklin Square to move into the next generation of the campus evolution and will enable us to combine advanced technology with compassionate care to create a unique healing environment.

Snapshots of Our Progress

If you’ve passed by MedStar Franklin Square Hospital recently, you likely saw with your own eyes just how much progress has been made as construction crews continue to build our new Surgical Pavilion. Check out some of our latest progress photos here and view albums from past months!

Watch our video below to learn more about our new surgical pavilion. 

Background and Overview

Some of the current operating suites at MedStar Franklin Square date back to when the hospital was originally constructed in 1969.  The average age of the existing operating suites is more than 35 years old and they have become functionally obsolete and inefficient.  Importantly, the current structure does not provide an environment of care for our patients and their loved ones that is best for their experience.

The new construction for the Surgical Services Pavilion will be approximately 82,000 square feet and will be implemented in one phase of construction. It will be located on the former site of the Baltimore County Eastern Family Resource Center which was demolished in 2017 and a brand new Eastern Family Resource Center opened less than ¼ mile away. 

Hord Coplan Macht has been selected to provide Architecture Services for the new surgical pavilion. The new surgical pavilion has been designed in a way that will be a good companion to existing buildings on campus in both form and material.  During construction of the new surgical pavilion, the existing Operating Room suites will remain fully functional and hospital operations will not be impacted.

Design Highlights

See what it will look like!

The new two-story surgical pavilion will include a total of 12 general operating rooms, one hybrid operating room and one bronchoscopy operating room that is uniquely designed for the surgical treatment of our lung patients,  along with the necessary and appropriate supporting areas, including:

  • Pre-Admission Testing
  • Perioperative Administration
  • Registration / Check-in
  • Prep/recovery rooms and service capabilities (14 prep and 18 phase II )
  • Post anesthesia care unit (PACU) rooms and
  • Support spaces (21 spaces)

A 600-foot concourse will connect the new surgical pavilion with the existing Inpatient Tower, thus allowing for greater efficiencies in caring for our patients.

To enhance the learning experiences of the next generation of surgeons, the surgical residents, the OR’s will be digitally equipped to allow the viewing and video recording of surgical procedures for our surgical residents to learn best practices.

Patient Experience Will Be Enhanced

The unique design of the surgical pavilion has been developed with the patient and their loved ones in mind!  The entire experience of arrival and navigating the facility will be like none other currently available on the MedStar Franklin Square campus!

Surgical patients will arrive on the campus and will enter the specially designed patient drop-off and entry point on the ground level.  Convenient parking is located adjacent to the building. No more dropping off your loved one, and driving across campus to look for a parking place!

Upon entry, the lobby space will serve as a wayfinding point for outpatients with views to exterior courtyards and the drop-off area and will connect patients and visitors via a public concourse back to the existing hospital.

Registration has been functionally located adjacent to the lobby space to assist with patient wayfinding and reduce patient travel distances. Separate flow patterns have been designed for public and patient/staff movement.

From registration, patients will move into the adjacent Prep areas. Patients will be moved via the elevator directly to the operating rooms from the Prep phase.  The PACU has been located immediately adjacent to the operating rooms on level 1.

Outpatients will return to Phase I and Phase II – Recovery via the elevator and then will be discharged. Inpatients will return to their Inpatient room located in the Tower after leaving the PACU via the new link directly to the surgical beds on level 1 of the existing hospital.

The new Surgical Pavilion shall improve operational efficiently and provide a functional surgical services facility by consolidating the inpatient and outpatient surgical services and will not require and short-term departmental relocations, as well as, integrate best practices in facility and operations for inpatient and outpatient surgical care, and safety for patients and staff.

Check out some of our favorite photos from our Surgical Pavilion groundbreaking event, which was held in December 2018.

Perspectives On Our Plan

We want to assure our new Surgical Pavilion will optimize the process of surgical care and the patient experience, as we move forward. What better way to do that then by engaging our own associates in the planning process?

We’ve turned to our own team for ideas and insights. We’ve asked for their opinions on how this facility should be constructed to streamline their work environment. Their feedback has helped us make decisions about special features to include in our master plan, to best accommodate our patients and visitors … all based on what they have seen, heard, and experienced, as OR leaders.

So, when the new Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center opens its doors in Fall 2020, know that every aspect of what you will find inside was created with these perspectives in mind. See what the members of our team had to say, below.

“I helped plan the layout and sizes of the various rooms and spaces that will be part of the new Surgical Pavilion, as well as what equipment will be needed in each area. Larger operating rooms will allow for more efficiency and organization, and will provide a safer environment of care for our patients. I appreciate that my input was taken into consideration during this process, given that I will be working day-in and day-out in the new facility.”
Jessica Schneehagen, RN


“It was a huge step for MedStar to recognize that it takes a team with representation from all areas and positions to help develop the big picture, while also being open to different opinions and visions. But everyone came to the table with the same goal – to come up with a plan that will work best for our patients and families. I believe we helped the construction team and engineers really understand the work we do and the demands that we face, to keep our patients safe while also giving them the best possible care. I am excited to someday tell my grandchildren about the fact that I helped plan the building where people have surgery. It will be my legacy; one that I will always remember.”
Dawn Ryan, Care Associate / Multi-Functional Technician

“I was asked for insights on the set-up of surgical equipment and provided a diagram on where equipment should be placed for specific surgical procedures, in each room. Being involved in the planning process was a great honor. I am excited to see a new, state-of-the-art facility replace our current, outdated operating rooms. The existing operating rooms are small and it has been a challenge to manage the amount of equipment that we utilize during surgical cases. The new Surgical Pavilion will give us the space we need, and so much more.”
Kevin Purnell, Surgical Technician


“Having input from those who will actually work in the new space is crucial. Work space and aerodynamics are vital to our nurses as we are providing patient care, so aiding in the design of the new rooms was extremely important to me. I was thrilled to be part of this new endeavor at MedStar Franklin Square; it is requiring a lot of time and effort on everyone’s part but I believe we are going to have a great outcome, and I cannot wait to see the finished facility.” 
Donna Edmondson, RN, BSN