Baltimore Business Journal: GBMC breaks ground on inpatient, cancer care expansion projects costing $166M

By Morgan Eichensehr
September 2, 2021

The following is an excerpt from the original Baltimore Business Journal article.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center is moving ahead with two major construction projects that will add needed expansion space for the hospital’s cancer and inpatient care programs. The multi-year facelift comes with a price tag of about $166 million.

The Towson hospital had previously announced plans to construct a three-story, 117,000-square-foot inpatient care facility that would allow for the relocation of 60 beds from GBMC’s older, existing facilities and will add a new grand entrance to the hospital. GBMC officially breaks ground on that project Sept. 2. In addition, the hospital announced a second building project, which will add a two-story, 70,000-square-foot facility dedicated to cancer care.

CEO Dr. John Chessare said some of GBMC’s existing hospital facilities originally opened in 1965, and it is certainly “time for an upgrade.” He noted that while the hospital isn’t actually expanding —meaning it isn’t increasing its number of inpatient beds — the added space will first and foremost ensure GBMC’s patient care rooms are larger and more comfortable, in line with modern expectations and standards.

The new inpatient facility will include a ground floor featuring a retail pharmacy, a medical library, a gift shop and the relocated Yvonne Kahlert Chapel. The top two floors will be dedicated to inpatient clinical care and will each have 30 beds, with rooms that will have soundproofing and will be about double the size of existing hospital rooms at GBMC. The initial phases of construction are projected for completion by fall 2023.

The second building being constructed will be named the Sandra R. Berman Pavilion and will house portions of the hospital’s Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute. The pavilion will be home to various cancer services and specialties such as genetics, infusion therapy, gynecologic and medical oncology, breast and thoracic surgery and oncology support. That building will also sit atop a new parking structure that will add about 400 spaces to the hospital campus, Chessare said.

The GBMC Foundation is hosting a campaign to raise additional needed capital for the Promise Project. About 76% of the $50 million fundraising goal has already been raised, and every member of GBMC’s board of directors has made a financial commitment. Chessare said the hospital will also begin advertising the public phase of the campaign this month.

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Source: Baltimore Business Journal