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Sheppard Pratt breaks ground on Elkridge hospital campus

A rendering of Sheppard Pratt's planned hospital and medical office campus in Elkridge. (Submitted rendering)

A rendering of Sheppard Pratt’s planned hospital and medical office campus in Elkridge. (Submitted rendering)

Sheppard Pratt Health System broke ground Thursday on a psychiatric hospital campus in Howard County meant to replacing an aging facility while providing state-of-the-art mental health treatment.

The new Elkridge hospital will have 85 beds and replace a 78-bed facility in Ellicott City. The project is expected to cost about $96.5 million.

“Our new hospital campus uniquely positions Sheppard Pratt to meet the ever-increasing needs in our community and provide another access point for mental health, addiction services, and outpatient care,” Dr. Harsh K. Trivedi, the system’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “It reflects a bold step we are taking to dramatically increase offerings across the state and country.”

Sheppard Pratt expects the new hospital campus to open in 2020. It wants the hospital to serve a broad spectrum of people, treating people of all age ranges and people with substance abuse and other addictions as well as eating disorders.

The 40-acre hospital campus will include the hospital and a medical office building.

The 156,000-square-foot hospital will include inpatient and crisis services. A crisis walk-in clinic will provide same-day access for urgent assessments.

The 76,000-square-foot medical office building will include outpatient and integrated behavioral health services. It will also support substance use treatment.

Some of the campus’ designs include outdoor terraces and courtyards. The belief is these features can help deliver a more therapeutic and recreational environment that could promote healing and recovery.

“With its new, state-of-the art facility, Sheppard Pratt will continue innovating care, delivering world-class services, and impacting more people,” Joshua Kakel, chairman of the Sheppard Pratt Health System Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

The original Ellicott City hospital opened in 1968 and operated as Taylor Manor. It was a private psychiatric hospital until acquired by Sheppard Pratt in 2002.

There are plans to turn the current hospital campus into a residential community, according to a filing that was part of the hospital’s certificate of need request.

Sheppard Pratt Health System also operates the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a 322-bed facility in Towson. Altogether, the system is the largest private nonprofit provider of mental health ,substance use, developmental disability, special education and social services in the country.

Its 2016 certificate of need filing estimated the two hospitals in the system admit about 10,000 patients a year. The Ellicott City hospital sees about 3,000 of those patients.

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