University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center to Open Soon in Prince George’s – NBC4 Washington
After 10 years of promising renderings and construction, the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center will open in Prince George County this month.
“It’s overwhelming, I mean, especially for me,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Joseph Wright, who guided the ship to the new county hospital.
The $ 500 million, 620,000 square foot medical center will replace the old county hospital in Cheverly.
“The old building is actually three buildings sewn together for 60 years,” Wright said. “It wasn’t designed with workflow in mind. It was; it is.”
It means a new approach to emergency services. There is not much seating in the new emergency area.
“The wait is to move quickly in the treatment area and not languish in the waiting room,” Wright said.
The new hospital has emergency services for children and an expanded maternity ward. Right now, nearly four in five women in Prince George County choose to give birth outside the county, Wright said.
“We really, really want to deliver moms and babies near their homes and be able to have a comfortable space and an inviting space,” Wright said.
There is a behavioral health wing and an expanded trauma area modeled on R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
“We’re still going to be a level two trauma center for the state system, the second busiest trauma center in the state,” Wright said.
The facility’s Heart and Vascular Institute will focus on cutting-edge preventive care.
“The intention of the Heart and Blood Institute is to anticipate disease management before patients need surgery,” Wright said.
A ribbon cutting will take place on June 8 and the hospital will officially open on June 12. About 190 patients will be transported from the Cheverly location to the new hospital on the same day.