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This rendering shows MedStar Health's multispecialty care center being built in Bel Air. It is scheduled to open in March 2016.

MedStar to break ground on Bel Air medical campus

MedStar Health plans to break ground in about a week on a new 16-acre medical campus in Bel Air, beginning with a $30 million ambulatory care center.

The 107,000-square-foot center will include a PromptCare urgent care clinic as well as a number of specialty services, including primary and preventive care, outpatient surgery, cardiology, physical therapy, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology and a laboratory.

The ambulatory care center, which is the centerpiece of the entire medical campus, will also feature extensive cancer services, including radiation therapy. The facility is expected to open in March 2016.

MedStar, which owns the land, is working with Frauenshuh Health Care Real Estate Solutions — a Minnesota-based firm that owns and develops medical facilities — on the new center.

Frauenshuh, which will own the building, is working with Health Care REIT Inc., an Ohio company that will provide most of the funding. MedStar will pay for the equipment and related supplies, according to Ann Nickels, a spokeswoman for the health system.

DPR Construction, which has an office in Columbia, is the general contractor.

Other details about the medical campus are unclear. Nickels said there are no firm plans yet for what other kinds of facilities will be built there, or when.

The construction will expand MedStar’s existing presence in Harford County while consolidating some of the services it offers there. The health system, which is the largest in Maryland, recently opened a PromptCare urgent care center in Belcamp, as well as two more primary care physician offices — in Forest Hill and Aberdeen.

The PromptCare in Belcamp will remain open, but other MedStar offices will be relocated to the new ambulatory care center.

MedStar officials said they hope the consolidation will make getting medical care more convenient for residents because they can see multiple specialists in one location.

Additionally, sharing a facility will make it easier for specialists to communicate with one another and better coordinate care for individual patients, officials said.

Specialists from MedStar’s hospitals, including Franklin Square Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital, will see patients at the new Bel Air campus.

The new ambulatory care center in Bel Air is just one of several multispecialty care centers that MedStar has recently built or is planning to build. The most recent such center opened in Baltimore city’s Federal Hill/Locust Point neighborhood over the summer.

Two other centers have been built in Maryland recently, and another is in the works for Washington, D.C.

About Alissa Gulin

Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.