Back in the summer of 2007, FMH finished building a new hospital in, around and over the original buildings established in 1902. We called it Project 2000, and when it was done we — like most new home-owners — reveled in all of the space.
Within a few months, it became apparent Frederick was still growing strong and the demand for care was growing right along with it. We made the internal adjustments we could to meet the demand, but it was obvious we’d need more space — and soon.
This summer the FMH Human Resources department moved into an office complex down the street from the hospital and the administrative offices moved from the second floor to the lower level to make room for more private patient rooms.
Up on the fourth floor, the north wing is being renovated to create a new 8-bed, all private room, inpatient care unit. The south wing will be remodeled into all private rooms in the near future.
We’re also growing outside the hospital walls. We’ll be moving the helicopter landing site (presently located on the west side of the hospital grounds) to the roof of the hospital. Elevator shafts, already in place, will connect the landing pad directly to the FMH Emergency Department. The move will make room for expansion of the parking garage. Construction for the garage is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012.
We’re going out of our way to ease the impact of all of this construction on our patients, visitors and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your patience as we grow to meet the needs of our community!
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