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UM Shore Regional Health plans $350 million Easton hospital

The University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton is planning a $350 million replacement hospital for its aging facility. (Submitted)

The University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton is planning a $350 million replacement hospital for its aging facility. (Submitted)

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health plans to build a $350 million hospital in Easton to replace an aging facility and create a medical hub for the midshore region, the system said in a certificate of need application refiled with the Maryland Health Care Commission.

The system this summer withdrew an application filed in 2016 in order to incorporate its decision to convert the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester to a freestanding medical facility. As part of that conversion, inpatient services will be transferred from Cambridge to Easton, in Talbot County.

The new University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton facility would include six operating rooms, 135 inpatient beds, 26 emergency department treatment spaces and 16 observation beds. The facility would have 17 acute care beds and 12 psychiatric beds relocated from the Dorchester medical center.

What is left in Dorchester County will be called University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Cambridge. That facility will include an emergency department with behavioral health services and patient observation rooms. The Cambridge campus would also include a medical office building.

Plans for a new Easton hospital have been in the works for a while to replace the more than 100-year-old facility. It will be an entirely new building about 3.5 miles from the existing facility, along U.S. Route 50.

The new, approximately 359,000-square-foot building will have six floors and exist on a campus with a medical office building, which is not part of the certificate of need.

The midshore project is part of a Maryland trend where regional medical systems have consolidated to one modern hospital while surrounding themselves with smaller medical facilities. Similar projects are underway in Prince George’s County, with a new hospital building in Largo and the conversion of Laurel Regional Hospital to a freestanding medical facility; and in Harford County, where plans have called for Harford Memorial Hospital to convert and move services to a freestanding medical facility.

On the Eastern Shore, the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton has already become a hub for the greater region. The facility is charged with serving patients from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. In its application, the system notes that the majority of the medical center’s acute admissions come from outside of Talbot County.

New outpatient surgery center in Worcester County

Atlantic General Hospital submitted a certificate of need application to build a new outpatient surgery center.

The new ambulatory surgical facility in Ocean Pines will be constructed within a planned medical office building. The hospital expects the facility will cost $8.8 million.

The center is expected to include two operating rooms and three procedure rooms while reducing the number of operating rooms at Atlantic General Hospital by one and procedure rooms at the hospital by three.

In its filing, the hospital said its purpose was to include the surgical facility in the same space as medical offices to cut down on the number of places patients would have to travel, essentially providing “one-stop shopping.”


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