EASTON — The University of Maryland Medical System Board of Trustees has approved a plan by UM Shore Regional Health to submit a letter of intent next month to the Maryland Health Care Commission to build a new regional medical center in Talbot County.
“The construction of a new Regional Medical Center in Easton marks the most significant milestone in realizing our decades-long integrated clinical services and facilities plan,” said Ken Kozel, President and Chief Medical Officer. management of UM Shore Regional Health. “Our growing communities expect and deserve access to a state-of-the-art facility with advanced clinical care.”
Shore Health System affiliated with UMMS in 2006 and later merged with Chester River Health System to form UM Shore Regional Health in 2013 to serve a five county region. Investments in the region have included modern inpatient and outpatient health care services for residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne and Talbot counties.
UM SRH has spent the past few years laying the foundation for the advancement of the new Regional Medical Center by investing in other key support projects identified in the system’s Integrated Facilities and Clinical Services Delivery Plan. The completion of the free-standing medical facility in Cambridge, several free-standing medical pavilions and emergency rooms in the region, urgent care centers in Denton, Easton and Kent Island, and numerous major upgrades to equipment totaled more than $150 million in capital investments. Plans are also moving forward in Chestertown with the construction of a Center of Excellence in Aging and Wellbeing on its current campus.
The letter of intent marks the first of several regulatory actions over the next year needed to move forward with moving the current hospital to Washington Street in Easton, parts of which date back to the early 1900s.
The new Regional Medical Center campus is expected to occupy more than 230 acres off Longwoods Road near the intersection of U.S. Route 50 adjacent to the Talbot County Community Center. This location is approximately 3.5 miles from the current hospital and will provide better visibility, easier and safer access for ambulance and helicopter transport and ample parking for patients, staff and visitors.
“We are building on our long tradition of excellence in patient care and innovation to be a leader in transforming healthcare statewide. Our system works across Maryland in diverse rural, urban, and suburban settings to address unique health issues, while remaining focused on delivering academic health care to patients around the world,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, President. and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System. “Over the past decade, we have invested in a comprehensive, integrated care delivery system with a presence in every Mid-Shore county and this new Regional Medical Center in Talbot County will allow our team members to maximize our ability to deliver better results. for patients from Hoopers Island to Rock Hall and everywhere in between.
While final specifications are subject to state regulatory approval and planning commission support, the facility’s current design covers more than 325,000 total square feet with an adjacent medical office and office building. ambulatory services occupying an additional 60,000 square feet. Plans will include data-driven assumptions for numerous inpatient and observation beds, operating rooms, and emergency department treatment rooms to meet the needs of the Mid-Shore community.