Western Maryland opens new $268 million medical center

Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. (HCM), an architecture and landscape architecture firm in Baltimore, Maryland, is pleased to announce the new Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, located in Cumberland, Md., is open to the public. The $268 million, 585,000 square foot, seven-story facility replaces and consolidates two aging hospitals and provides the local community with a level of care that patients once had to travel to Baltimore, Washington D.C., or Pittsburgh to receive.


Designed by Hord Coplan Macht, the new, 275-bed, Western Maryland Regional Medical Center brings many advantages to the community including consolidated in-and out-patient care, bright, spacious rooms for family and visitors, and patient care areas designed for today’s medical equipment and information technology.  The building also includes 18 surgical suites; an emergency department; ICU, CVU and pediatric units; laboratories; a pharmacy; café;  chapel; and, a healing garden.  For maximum patient convenience, the main lobby provides immediate access to out-patient services. The design also enhances staff efficiency with features such as charting alcoves that complement nurses’ stations.


Featuring metal panels and extensive glazing, the building is broken down formally into thin layers by notching in the patient floors. Not only does this provide natural light into the central nursing areas—very rare in institutions of this size—but it allows the structure to pick up metaphorically on the imagery of layered hillsides and mountain ranges defining the geography of the greater Cumberland area.

The hospital opened its doors in late November, using 30 ambulances to move 154 patients into the new facility in less than ten hours. 

About Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.
HCM is a full-service architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm with more than 30 years of experience.  HCM specializes in a variety of project types including healthcare, multi-family housing, mixed-use, education, cultural and religious, parks and recreation, office and institutional facilities.  HCM’s architecture, landscape architecture and planning clients include Western Maryland Health System, LifeBridge Health, University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and The National Park Service.



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