In 2020, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center will open a new two-story, 75,000 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.
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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 75,000 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.
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.
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.