Mercy Medical Center debuts new pediatric and primary care space

Editor’s note: The following article appeared on on March 19, 2018.

By Morgan Eichensehr

A new $4 million, 4,675-square-foot facility has been built inside Mercy Medical Center’s McAuley Plaza tower to meet growing demand for pediatric and primary care services in downtown Baltimore.

The new space features 33 exam rooms, including eight adult primary care and 25 pediatric care, a blood draw lab, EKG, a play area for children and expansive waiting areas. The build-out was partly funded by a $1.9 million in matching grant through the Maryland Hospital Association State Bond program, aimed at increasing access to primary care.

Primary care services will be provided by six Mercy pediatricians, two adult medicine specialists and a number of clinical support staff, through Mercy Family Care Physicians. These services are being relocated from 315 N. Calvert Street to McAuley Plaza at 301 St. Paul Place, on Mercy’s main campus.

Mercy opened a new 18-story, 700,000-square-foot hospital tower, the Mary Catherine Bunting Center, in December 2010. The building project cost $417 million and replaced facilities that had originally opened in 1963. The Bunting Center was designed to open in phases. The hospital planned to relocate the emergency department, radiology, obstetrics, pediatrics and the neonatal intensive care units from the McAuley Plaza tower to Bunting over several years, leaving empty space left for future growth.

“The opening of the Mary Catherine Bunting Center has afforded Mercy with an opportunity for additional growth on our downtown campus,” Thomas R. Mullen, president and CEO of Mercy Health Services, said in a statement. “Bringing Mercy Family Care on to the hospital’s main campus improves access to both primary and pediatric care for Baltimore’s downtown residents and beyond.”

Mullen said the new facility has additional space for growth, so the hospital expects to add more care providers to the unit over time.

Formerly Family Health Centers of Baltimore, Mercy Family Care Physicians is now part of Mercy’s primary care network. The network also has primary care and specialty services locations in Canton, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie and Hunt Valley.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

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