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MedStar Health to open new ER at Southern Md. Hospital Center

MedStar Health will open its new state-of-the-art Emergency Department at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton this week.

The $43 million investment project is designed to improve health care quality and access for the rapidly growing communities of Prince George’s County and Washington Wards 7 and 8.

The project, years in the making, continued through the COVID-19 pandemic to provide patients with a designated behavioral health area to help manage patients suffering from a behavioral health crisis, substance abuse issues, or sexual assault in a quiet, therapeutic and safe environment.

The new center will modernize ambulance access and patient waiting areas that emphasize patient privacy, include faster tele-triage evaluations for all patients, two high-tech trauma rooms dedicated to the treatment of trauma patients, additional treatment space, which have been expanded by almost 50%, including negative pressure and pandemic response rooms and upgraded diagnostic imaging including a 128-slice Siemens CT scanner and a new MRI available in the ED for the first time.

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